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Third Defensive Pair Will Be Huge Training Camp Battle

Ryan Porth over at the Red Wings blog Red Light District asked me to contribute to his blog post on Eastern Conference training camp battles. Here’s what I wrote about the Rangers…

“Rangers camp will be the most competitive in years, but to me the most intriguing battle will be for the third defensive pairing.

It’s pretty much a lock that the first two pairs will include Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Mike Sauer and Ryan McDonagh. After that there will be an all out war between Michael Del Zotto, Tim Erixon, Pavel Valentenko and Tomas Kundratek for the final two spots. I’m assuming the veteran Steve Eminger is probably in line for the seventh defensive spot. The most exciting part of this battle is that none of the players are over the age of 23 and they all bring something different to the table.

Del Zotto, 21, who was sent down to the AHL last season, has unlimited offensive talent and the ability to run the point on the power play. Erixon, 20, a Swedish Elite League player, can also run the point, but is more well rounded defensively then Del Zotto.

Valentenko, 23, will add a booming shot from the point which the Rangers currently don’t posses and Kundratek would add a little snarl to the blueline while showcasing an outstanding first pass out of the zone.

If I had to choose the frontrunners it would be Del Zotto and Erixon as they both have professional experience, which could be the difference as the Rangers will be going with one of the youngest defensive corps in the league.”

…would love to hear your thoughts. Do you think there will be a more intriguing battle?

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Kevin

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Third Defensive Pair Will Be Huge Training Camp Battle

valentenkoRyan Porth over at the Red Wings blog Red Light District asked me to contribute to his blog post on Eastern Conference training camp battles. Here’s what I wrote about the Rangers…

“Rangers camp will be the most competitive in years, but to me the most intriguing battle will be for the third defensive pairing.

It’s pretty much a lock that the first two pairs will include Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Mike Sauer and Ryan McDonagh. After that there will be an all out war between Michael Del Zotto, Tim Erixon, Pavel Valentenko and Tomas Kundratek for the final two spots. I’m assuming the veteran Steve Eminger is probably in line for the seventh defensive spot. The most exciting part of this battle is that none of the players are over the age of 23 and they all bring something different to the table.

Del Zotto, 21, who was sent down to the AHL last season, has unlimited offensive talent and the ability to run the point on the power play. Erixon, 20, a Swedish Elite League player, can also run the point, but is more well rounded defensively then Del Zotto.

Valentenko, 23, will add a booming shot from the point which the Rangers currently don’t posses and Kundratek would add a little snarl to the blueline while showcasing an outstanding first pass out of the zone.

If I had to choose the frontrunners it would be Del Zotto and Erixon as they both have professional experience, which could be the difference as the Rangers will be going with one of the youngest defensive corps in the league.”

…would love to hear your thoughts. Do you think there will be a more intriguing battle?

Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at nyrfan94@yahoo.com.

Kevin

About Kevin

If you have any questions e-mail me at nyrfan94@yahoo.com.

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