While the Rangers only officially announced their new coaching staff the other day, according to Assistant Coach Ulf Samuelsson (via Blueshirts United), they've already begun prepping for the season…
"We've had some really good meetings here in the city, really pounded through everything. I learned that (Vigneault) is really thorough, very organized, and wants to be up and running well before camp starts. We are creating a new working environment, and it's been a very interesting and pleasing process so far."
Samuelsson, who said he has watched tape of almost every shift from the Rangers defensemen from last season, has also been in contact with Hartford Assistant Coach Jeff Beukeboom to learn about the up and coming defense prospects in the organization.
Samuelsson added that he'll be emphasizing offensive production from his blueline in camp as well as consistency clearing opponents out of the crease, and to make sure not to screen goaltenders Henrik Lundqvist and Martin Biron.
…i absolutely love hearing this. Sounds like the staff is hungry to get going and learn about their new players. BTW, how insane is Samuelsson that he's already watched almost every defensive shift from last season? Talk about dedication.
…got to say, AV scheduling these early August meetings to get the coaching staff on the same page is very impressive. Now this won't mean squat if the Rangers struggle this season, but at least initially I'm starting to feel good about the 34th head coach in Rangers history.
…between Beukeboom and Samuelsson, the Rangers have really set McIlrath up to succeed. There's really no excuse for him not to be in the Rangers line-up at some point this season.