The Magnificent Seventy

According to the New York Rangers website, seventy players have been invited to training camp. That might be a record. Last year there were forty players at camp. It’s a good thing they don’t hold training camp at the University of Vermont anymore. There probably aren’t enough hotels rooms to accommodate such a mass gathering in Burlington. Imagine the dent that hotel bill would put in MSG’s pocket.

In addition to all the signed Ranger players, those trying out run the gamut from veteran Ranger retread Petr Nedved to the undrafted 21 year old son of Mark Messier, Lyon.  It begs the question as to why they call it a training camp. Evaluation Camp would be a more suitable moniker. 

While a few of the players have started trickling in, training camp doesn’t officially open until September 16. The Rangers play their first preseason game in Ottawa five days later the 20th. That would mean that they have to pare down the roster to a more manageable number. Pick a number. 50? 40?  Forty would seem more likely since that was what they had last year at the start of camp. 

Let’s say they do pare it down to forty by September 20. They have to evaluate 30 players in just four days.  Okay, say ten, maybe 15 of those players didn’t have a hope in hell of making the team anyway. This means 15 players will have their fates decided in four days. Considering that the Rangers have to set a 23 player roster before the season starts in Prague, the odds for these 15 players are pretty long. It makes the discovery of a player of the caliber of Dan Girardi seem like a miracle.

Let’s cut to the chase here. By my reckoning, 34 of the 70 players are only here for a look see. They are bound for Hartford, Charlotte, Juniors, College or oblivion. That leaves 36 players over which some hard decision making has to be made. While there are a dearth of left wings, there is a plethora of centers, right wings and defensmen to consider. Here, in no particular order and by position, are those players.

Left Wing

Naslund, Dawes, Prucha, Korpikoski, Voros, Nahanahs

Center

Gomez, Drury, Dubinsky, Betts, Anisimov, Fritsche, Rissmiller, Nedved

Right Wing

Zherdev, Sjostrom, Callahan, Orr, Jamtin, Moore, Parenteau

Defense

Redden, Staal, Roszival, Mara, Girardi, Kalinin, Kondratiev, Pock, Sanguinetti, Sauer

Goal

Lundqvist, Valiquette, Wiikman, Brodeur, Zaba

You have my permission to get out your graph paper, pencils and rulers and doodle with your line combinations and defensive pairings until October 4th. The long wait is almost over.

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  1. what/who is Nahanahs? I’d add Jessiman, Byers, Potter and Denisov, as candidates to survive the early cuts. My lines from the NHL level guys would be (LCR) Dubi-Gomez-Zherdev (Mess played L early, Gravy moved from C to L); then Naslund-Drury-Callahan; Dawes-Fritsche-Prucha; Voros-Betts-Sjostrom with Orr and Rissmiller extras but sliding in Voros now and then. I see Korpi as the most ready F to break in. I see Potter in the mix w Pock and Max for 7th D, maybe also Denisov. Bobby S must play at least a few months in the AHL. Sauer is still recuperating.

  2. I’m not telling:)

  3. I think it’s a typo.You forgot the SH before the name!

  4. SHANANAS or shanahan,which is it?

  5. My bad,just registered Mr.H!!!Where did Kondratiev pop back up from?

  6. Nahanahs. It’s Backwards!

    Kondratiev is there on a tryout. He’s a grade VI free agent.

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