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RANGERS TRAINING CAMP 2007
Position Breakdown
Left Wing:
Locks:  Sean Avery, Marcel Hossa, Petr Prucha, Martin Straka
Bubble:  Dane Byers, Nigel Dawes, Colton Orr
Minors:  Brodie Dupont, Mitch Fritz, Lauri Korpikoski
Skinny: The first line appears at this point to be one of two options, with Martin Straka seemingly having the inside edge.  A less likely scenario would be Marcel Hossa building on his success late last year playing with Jagr and force the Rangers to move Straka down the depth chart or to center the third line.

Depending on what happens on the first line, the Rangers could go with one of Avery, Hossa or Straka (probably in that order of likelihood), or could even consider playing Petr Prucha there.  Like Straka, the Rangers could consider moving Avery to the center position.

Petr Prucha seems to be the most likely candidate for 3rd line left wing, though he could potentially be moved to the right to make room for Hossa on the left (or vice versa).

In the final spot we're likely to see either Orr, Hollweg or Hossa.

That of course doesn't leave any spots for players like Nigel Dawes or Dane Byers who will likely have to have strong camps to even warrant consideration over the veterans.  Their path into the line-up may be more likely in the event of an injury or if one of the veterans moves to the center spot.  Dawes may also get a look in over Orr, or they could shift Orr to the right wing and scratch Hollweg.

Korpikoski might get a longer look in camp, but is almost certainly heading back to Hartford, while newcomer Mitch Fritz appears to be destined to be one of the early cuts.  Brodie Dupont might get a longer look in camp, but also will likely head to Hartford.
 
Center:
Locks:  Blair Betts, Chris Drury, Scott Gomez
Bubble: Artem Anisimov, Brandon Dubinsky, Tom Pyatt
Minors:  Joe Barnes, Bruce Graham
Other: Jarkko Immonen (Europe)
Skinny: At this stage, the third line center spot appears to be up for grabs.  The likely scenario seems to be moving one of the left wings (Avery or Straka) to the third line and that would then leave enough room for the rest of the players at that position.

If the Rangers do however, decide to look elsewhere then Brandon Dubinsky appears to be the most likely candidate.  Tom Pyatt is a bit of a wild card, and at the very least would appear to be worth a long look in camp, as will Artem Anisimov.

The Rangers will likely try both Drury and Gomez with Jagr, with the most favorable combination picked and the other then selected to be paired up with Brendan Shanahan.

Newcomer Joe Barnes appears set to join a very inexperienced pivot corps in Hartford, with Tom Pyatt and Artem Anisimov making their pro debuts.  Bruce Graham will be looking for ways just to stay in Hartford and appears set to start the season in Charlotte.
 
Right Wing:
Locks: Jaromir Jagr, Brendan Shanahan
Bubble:  Alex Bourret, Ryan Callahan, Ryan Hollweg
Minors:  Hugh Jessiman, Greg Moore, Jordan Owens
Skinny:  The top two lines are pretty much set in stone...after that and it's anyone's guess who might fill out the roster.  The likely scenario here is that Ryan Callahan will get a chance to be third line wing, while Ryan Hollweg will end up somewhere on the fourth line. 

Still there is a small window of opportunity open there for Alex Bourret to maybe push for a spot.  Greg Moore had a strong camp last year, but did not follow it up with a good year in Hartford and would appear to be a longshot this season.

Hugh Jessiman and Rick Kozak will be looking just to make the AHL roster at this stage.
 
Defense:
Locks: Dan Girardi, Marik Malik, Paul Mara, Michal Roszival, Fedor Tyutin
Bubble: Andrew Hutchinson, Darius Kasparaitis, David Liffiton, Thomas Pck, Marc Staal, Jason Strudwick
Minors:  Ivan Baranka, Michael Busto, Corey Potter, Michael Sauer, Jake Taylor
Other: Bobby Sanguinetti (OHL)
Skinny:  Five of the Rangers six starting defensive spots appear to be set for the coming season, with a real logjam behind them to secure the final spot and perhaps two bench spots.

Of those competing for the final spot, Marc Staal appears to have the inside track though he will need to play well in camp to secure it.  Andrew Hutchinson, Thomas Pock and Jason Strudwick all appear to be fall-back positions should Staal stumble, while Kasparaitis will be trying to prove he can still offer something and perhaps earn a trade to another NHL franchise with more cap room.

Strudwick appears to have the inside run on one of the bench spots with his ability to also play 4th line forward.

The remaining d-men will almost certainly be heading to the minors with Sanguinetti returning for his last season of eligibility in the OHL.
Goaltender:
Locks: Henrik Lundqvist
Bubble: Al Montoya, Stephen Valiquette
Minors: Chris Holt, Miika Wiikkman, Matt Zaba
Skinny: The only real battle in goal will be who gets to backup Henrik Lundqvist.  At this stage Valiquette appears to have the inside track, and his cap number will certainly aid the decision.  Al Montoya can't be ruled out though, and the Rangers might elect to go with him if things work his way in camp.

The backup job in Hartford appears to be up for grabs, with Miika Wiikkman expected to push for the spot initially.
SWOT
Strengths:
The top two lines for the Rangers look the best they have for several years on paper.  For the first time since they had Lindros and Nedved, the team will be able to field two top quality pivots, and this time they'll have wingers to support them.

On the wing the Rangers have two A class options with Jagr and Shanahan and a bunch of depth beyond them, though of varying quality.  Back on the blueline they have a lot of depth and several options they can try.

With Henrik Lundqvist in goal the Rangers have one of the premiere netminders in the league at the moment.
Weaknesses:
There are some questions as to who will fill the third line center position at this stage, and while the team has options they may have to move one of their wings to that line.

With two new centers in the organization for the top two lines, there is definitely some question as to how quickly the team can build chemistry between the likes of Jagr and Gomez or Drury.

While the Rangers have depth on the blueline, they certainly don't necessarily have quality.  Still lacking a top line defenseman, the Rangers will once again try to defend by committee and hope that the likes of Girardi, Rozsival and Tyutin continue to improve getting a boost perhaps with the addition of Marc Staal.  Paul Mara also has room for improvement and could become a key contributor if he takes hold of his opportunities early.

The need for a quality backup netminder is probably not as important as it has been in the past two camps, but there is some question as to whether Valiquette is fully capable of holding down the position.  Fortunately he'll probably only see about 10 games all year at most, and Montoya may ultimately work out to be a better option.
Opportunities:
Marc Staal appears to have the best chance of breaking into the line-up, though Pock, Strudwick and Hutchinson will likely be competing for the same spot (with the loser of the four heading to Hartford or onto another team).

There may be a chance to sneak one more forward into the 23 man roster, but they will need to be impressive in what will be a shortened pre-season.

In goal there's a small chance that Montoya will be able to unseat Valiquette for the backup role, but the Rangers would seemingly prefer to keep Montoya in Hartford seeing shots than sitting on the bench.
Threats:
As always, injuries to key players will make it challenging for the team.  Going into camp there are no significant injuries to the team.

Limited room on the salary cap means the Rangers will have limited opportunities to address potential mistakes and/or gaps through camp and into the season.
INJURIES
Joe Barnes (groin) - September 17th - According to Blueshirt Bulletin, Barnes strained a groin in the Traverse City tournament has not been able to skate in camp.

Alex Bourret (shoulder) - September 22nd - Has returned from injury and has been practising with the Wolf Pack.

Stephen Valiquette (hand) - September 26th - Cut his hand Monday, but appears will only be out a short period and should be read for the opening game of the regular season.
 
Camp Information
Location
Greenburgh, NY
 
Calendar
Sep 7-11 - Traverse City Tournament
Sep 13 - Weigh in and physicals
Sep 14 - Training Camp opens
Sep 21 - First pre-season game
Sep 29 - Last pre-season game
Oct. 4th - Season Opener

Traverse City Tournament
Date Opponent TV  Score
9/7 v TBL None 6-4
9/8 v ATL None 5-3
9/10 v DET None 3-2
9/11 v CBJ None 5-1
STATISTICS
Traverse City Tournament Roster
- Artem Anisimov C
- Joe Barnes C
- Clayton Barthel D
- Lukas Bohunicky D
- Alex Bourret R
- Michael Busto D
- Dane Byers L
- Brandon Dubinsky C
- Brodie Dupont C
- Ryan Hillier L
- Lauri Korpikoski L
- David Kveton R
- Antoine LaFleur G
- Mark Lee C
- Jordan Owens L
- Corey Potter D
- Tom Pyatt C
- Bobby Sanguinetti D
- Michael Sauer D
- David Skokan C
- Marc Staal D
- Miikka Wiikman G
- Thomas Zaborsky L

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Camp Roster (official)
- Artem Anisimov C
- Sean Avery L
x Ivan Baranka D
x Joe Barnes C
x Clayton Barthel D
- Blair Betts C
x Alex Bourret R
x Dane Byers L
- Ryan Callahan L
- Nigel Dawes L
- Chris Drury C
- Brandon Dubinsky C
x Brodie Dupont L
x Mitch Fritz L
- Dan Girardi D
- Scott Gomez C
x Bruce Graham C
- Ryan Hollweg F
x Chris Holt G
- Marcel Hossa L
x Andrew Hutchinson D
- Jaromir Jagr R
x Hugh Jessiman W
x Darius Kasparaitis D
x Lauri Korpikoski L
x Antoine LaFleur G
x Francis Lessard W
x David Liffiton D
- Henrik Lundqvist G
- Marek Malik D
- Paul Mara D
- Al Montoya G
x Greg Moore F
- Colton Orr W
x Jordan Owens R
- Thomas Pock D
x Corey Potter D
- Petr Prucha W
x Tom Pyatt W
- Michal Rozsival D
x Bobby Sanguinetti D
x Michael Sauer D
- Brendan Shanahan F
x Mark Smith C
- Marc Staal D
- Martin Straka F
- Jason Strudwick D
x Jake Taylor D
- Fedor Tyutin D
- Stephen Valiquette G
x Miikka Wiikman G
x Matt Zaba G

AHL contract   tryout  
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injured
 
 
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September 29th, 2017

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

Answer...
  STANDINGS
  Team GP W L OT Pts  
  Lightning 18 14 2 2 30  
  Devils 17 11 4 2 24  
  Maple Leafs 19 12 7 0 24  
  Blue Jackets 19 11 7 1 23  
  Penguins 20 10 7 3 23  
  Senators 16 8 3 5 21  
  Capitals 19 10 8 1 21  
  Islanders 17 9 6 2 20  
  Rangers 19 9 8 2 20  
  Red Wings 19 9 8 2 20  
  Hurricanes 16 7 5 4 18  
  Flyers 18 8 8 2 18  
  Canadiens 19 8 9 2 18  
  Bruins 16 6 6 4 16  
  Panthers 17 6 9 2 14  
  Sabres 18 5 9 4 14  
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KRZYSZTOF OLIWA
(2002-2003)
  Born: Apr 12 - 1973  
  Pos: Left Wing  
  GP: 9  
  G: 0  
  A: 0  
  Pts: 0  
  PIMs: 51  

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