Phil Posted September 25, 2018 Share Posted September 25, 2018 But Quinn’s desired style of play goes beyond fists and fracas. He has also mandated an up-tempo offensive game that’s tailor-made for a puck-moving defenseman such as DeAngelo. It’s a style the young rearguard has shown early results playing under, even with the caveat of these games not being a true measure of any one player’s NHL readiness or the quality of competition they face. In fact, DeAngelo’s first pass — reminiscent of Michael Del Zotto’s rookie season — could in and of itself earn him one of the few available roster spots on the Rangers’ blue line. And that’s not yet accounting for his tremendous skating ability or tenaciousness; both of which are likely opening the eyes of the Rangers’ front office. It also says nothing of his underlying numbers which only strengthen his case that much more. Pushing for a full-time NHL role for a third time since being drafted 19th overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, DeAngelo’s combination of supreme skating and offensive instincts are particularly borne out by his relative possession metrics. Despite being limited to just 33 contests last season, his 5.15 relative Corsi for percentage lead all Rangers defenders last season and was a sizable jump over his 1.4 CF% rel from just a year prior with the Coyotes. He also owned a 5.0 relative Fenwick for percentage despite operating with a lowly 93.8 PDO rating. Couple all of this with Quinn’s reputation as a strong developer of talent, and it’s hard to buy any argument for an opening night roster that doesn’t include the 22-year-old defender, who could very well be an early pillar in establishing Quinn’s culture and philosophy on Broadway. DeAngelo’s game isn’t without warts because, well, no one’s is. But offensive defenders tend to get exposed more than their stay-at-home peers due to the knife’s edge of risk they are often playing on. There’s still much for him to learn about defending in his own end. Turning the puck over less often, for example, would help. So would fewer Twitter battles (if any at all). But you have to have the puck to give it up, and having control of it with his improving skill set is an important first step to establishing him as a full-time NHL player and could help spring him into a fixture on the Rangers’ blue line for years to come. https://www.blueshirtbanter.com/2018/9/25/17899000/tony-deangelo-a-quinn-tessential-defender-for-new-look-new-york-rangers Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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