We already knew Dylan McIlrath has jokes. But now, we know that wasn’t just one well-timed tweet. McIlrath is a full-time funny man - and one with a great performing flare to him, too. Case in point, he put on his best announcer’s voice as he introduced the Rangers’ starters for their preseason debut last night: (He has a great announcer’s voice! Maybe something to do like 15 years from now when his playing days will probably be over?) His little roasts on Brady Skjei, Pavel Buchnevich, and Mika Zibanejad were all perfect, and probably things we were all thinking, anyway. It’s also great to see the room come together so quickly!
One product of having great depth at one or more positions is the struggle in deciding who plays and who sits. It can become a problem in a sense, but a good problem at that, as all of the options a team has are strong. The New York Rangers are facing this exact problem with the glut of NHL-capable forwards they have. Likely only 13, and no more than 14 will make the NHL roster. The player who is perhaps creating the most difficulty in the decision-making process for the Rangers’ coaching staff is the offensively-gifted Brandon Pirri. A Valuable Skill Set The Rangers signed Pirri late in the offseason, adding him to an already deep and talented mix of forwards. Pirri, who can play the center
The New York Rangers opened up their preseason schedule with an impressive 5-2 win over the New York Islanders tonight at Madison Square Garden. There were plenty of positives to takeaway from the game, most notably the explosive start by one of the Rangers newest acquisitions, Mika Zibanejad. The trio of Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, and Pavel Buchnevich had a solid outing, and to no one’s surprise, they had a pretty dominant performance. In addition, Brandon Pirri and Adam Clendening made their presence felt on the power play with some quick puck movement and smart shooting. Magnus Hellberg and MacKenzie Skapski also turned in solid performances in between the pipes, and helped secure the victory.