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New York Rangers Fan Club

The Fish Bowl
by Toby Ivey

Tuesday, September 17 2002


Winging It

Training camp is over, the first cuts have been made to the Rangers roster, and perhaps Sather is just a little closer to deciding what to do with the lack of depth on the wing.  Several players have put their bids in for what could very well be some of the best jobs in the NHL this upcoming season.

First amongst them have been the youthful trio of Mikael Samuelsson, Jamie Lundmark and Rico Fata.  Samuelsson, who was acquired last year in exchange for fan favorite Adam Graves, has by all accounts turned in a strong camp.  The young Swede showed last year that he's capable of playing in the NHL as a defensively responsible winger used primarily on the third line and short-handed situations.

But there is more to Samuelsson than just defense.  The Rangers felt they got a good deal when they pried him away from the San Jose Sharks and it's easy to see why when you take a look at his AHL numbers for the prior season...an impressive 32 goals and 46 assists in 66 games with the Kentucky Thoroughblades.  New York fans saw glimpses of that offensive ability last year, including a nice fake on Patrick Roy for his first ever NHL goal.

With a strong camp under his belt and more confidence with shooting the puck, Samuelsson is primed for a big improvement on his 2001-02 season and Sather can only be too happy with the results.

Meanwhile many observers rated long time prospect, Jamie Lundmark as having the strongest camp of any player.  The young centerman turned winger, scored several goals including two in Monday night's final scrimmage.  Fans have longed to see the 1999 first round pick in a Rangers uniform and this season could see that potential finally become reality.

Lundmark has reportedly come into camp much stronger than previous years and has benefited from the transition to wing from the more crowded center position.  Perhaps Lundmark's only concern will be whether there's enough roster space left over to finally give his shot at the big time.

Rico Fata's journey to success in the NHL has probably been the bumpiest so far.  The speedy winger has yet to score a point at the top level but drew the prime assignment in camp when he was teamed up with Lindros and Bure.  Fata showed a lot last year when he had what was a breakout season at the AHL level and needs desperately to translate that to the NHL if he is to salvage his stalled career.

Benoit Dusablon and David Inman also managed to make it through the first cut, but they still have to be considered long shots to make the team.  Dusablon started last season in Charlotte of the ECHL and ended up playing with Lundmark and Heisten on a moderately successful kid line in Hartford.  Inman by contrast finished his NCAA eligibility last season and impressed the coaching staff enough to take another look at him.

Pushing the youngsters has been the surprisingly successful Dixon Ward, formerly of the Buffalo Sabres.  Ward played in Switzerland last season and was invited to camp on a try-out basis.  The former twenty goal scorer lead all players in goal scoring and has positioned himself well for a contract offer with a good pre-season.

The soon to be 34 year old Ward is seen as a viable two-way forward and will keep the kids honest as they attempt to break into the line-up.  Last year's late season pick-up, Martin Rucinsky seems by contrast, to be further away from an NHL contract than before.  Sather has stated several times that he's not willing to be flexible on the issue and has already driven down Rucinsky's asking price from 3 to 1.6 million.

Further rumors considering Peter Schaefer and Jarko Ruutu out of Vancouver continue to keep everyone honest, though it appears that a deal is not imminent.

Ultimately there is more optimism regarding the Rangers this week than in much of the off-season.  Going into the pre-season it appears that some of the younger players will be leading the way for once, and it's hoped that this will be a sign of things to come and not the disappointment that has plagued the Rangers in recent seasons.


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How many rostered players were on the ice for opening night 2016-17

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  STANDINGS
  Team GP W L OT Pts  
  Lightning 45 31 11 3 65  
  Bruins 44 26 10 8 60  
  Capitals 46 28 14 4 60  
  Devils 44 24 12 8 56  
  Maple Leafs 47 25 17 5 55  
  Blue Jackets 47 26 18 3 55  
  Rangers 46 24 17 5 53  
  Penguins 48 25 20 3 53  
  Flyers 45 21 16 8 50  
  Islanders 47 23 20 4 50  
  Hurricanes 45 20 17 8 48  
  Red Wings 44 18 19 7 43  
  Panthers 43 18 19 6 42  
  Canadiens 45 18 21 6 42  
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  Born: Jan 25 - 1978  
  Pos: Left Wing  
  GP: 17  
  G: 0  
  A: 1  
  Pts: 1  
  PIMs: 50  

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