Rangers Interested in Suellentrop

According to Elliotte Friedman at CBC Sports, the Rangers are one of a few teams interested in defenseman Colin Suellentrop of the OHL's Oshawa Generals.

The 20-year-old defenseman was drafted in 2011 by Philadelphia, which decided against signing him.

Friedman says the 6' 1", 205lb Suellentrop, who went unclaimed last June, but attended Montreal's rookie camp, has worked hard to improve his skating and could be a classic late bloomer.

Suellentrop has zero goals and six assists in 21 games this season.

Hockey's Future says that Suellentrop is a big, stay-at-home defenseman whose biggest assets are his size, reach and skating ability. They add that he's adept at distributing the puck to transition from defense to attack.

They also project him to be a prototypical shut-down, defensive defenseman in the NHL, but he'll have to work harder to get the attention of another NHL club now that the Flyers have passed on signing him.

The only videos I could find of Suellentrop are of him fighting, so I guess he likes to brawl…

…stay at home defenseman with size, who can fight? Can't go wrong with that. Plus, you can never have enough defensive depth.

Hockey's Future recently ranked the Rangers organization 21st in the NHL because of their lack of depth in the system especially on the blueline, so signing Suellentrop will definitely help in that area.

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