The talk all offseason has been about how the New York Rangers are going to adjust to Alain Vigneault‘s up-tempo offensive system. Well, it is already clear that they have bought in.
The Rangers lost 2-1 to the New Jersey Devils in their opening game of the preseason, but the scores in these games don’t matter. It is more about seeing how the team is playing and what young kids might surprise people and make the team. But for the Rangers, its about seeing how the team is going to adjust to the different style Vigneault preaches.
The biggest thing you could see about the Rangers was how active their defenseman were. Marc Staal, Michael Del Zotto and John Moore all looked great. They were jumping into the play and starting rushes for the team; they were also making smart pinches in the offensive zone. Moore was probably the most impressive player on the ice for the Rangers, as his skating ability has drawn comparisons to Ryan McDonagh.
The offense did not play as well as they could have, but you could still see how the Rangers plan on changing their game; they want to push the pace and create more offensive chances. Danny Kristo was one of the more productive players on the ice, as he was all over the ice on the forecheck and was making some nice plays. He was not as good as he could be in the defensive zone, but he will learn.
The new regime has officially started in New York. Only time will tell how the Rangers’ season will go from here.