The New York Rangers have gotten off to a hot start out of the gate. The Rangers’ offense, in particular, has been especially effective.
Specifically, the play of power-forward Chris Kreider has been stellar. The hockey world is buzzing about the way he has started the season, scoring six points (three goals, three assists) in the club’s first three contests. Kreider, drafted by the Rangers in the first round (19) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, has always had size, speed and skill, but he seems to have finally put everything together this year.
“You want to play instinctively,” Kreider said. “You simplify your game; you get back to the stuff you know you do well. A lot of time that adversity helps you focus. From there, lock in on what you do well and do on a consistent basis.”
The Rangers have done an excellent job of doing just that.
Mats Zuccarello has picked up right where he left off last year as the consistent point producer for the blue shirts. He has collected four points (two goals, two assists) in his first three games.
Newcomer Mika Zibanejad feels right at home in New York, netting four points (one goal, three assists) in his first three appearances. Zibanejad was acquired from Ottawa in a trade for Derick Brassard in the offseason.
But perhaps the most significant goal of the season took place in Monday night’s 7-4 victory over San Jose.
With just under 7:30 remaining in the third period, rookie Jimmy Vesey got into the act, scoring his first NHL marker. Vesey was the subject of speculation all summer as a free-agent forward who eventually had the choice to sign with any club in the league. He chose the Rangers, and he was rewarded the other night when he tallied the first goal of his career off a nice centering feed from linemate Derek Stepan. Vesey has skated on the team’s top line with Stepan and Zuccarello.
The Rangers, 2-1, take on the Red Wings tonight at 8:00pm EST.
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