Rangers Style of Play Suits Stempniak’s Game

If you’re going to succeed in Alain Vigneault’s system, you’re going to have to be able to skate and forecheck. Thankfully for the Rangers, it sounds as if those are two of Lee Stempniak’s strong suits (via Blueshirts United)…

“The style of play they play is well-suited to my game, and I think I can contribute, come in and help the team win games. I think this is a really good opportunity for me. I feel like this is a good fit for me. For me I try and skate and use my speed, get in on the forecheck, attack off the rush–speed is key to my game. But I also play hard, have a strong work ethic, and look to play a 200-foot game. That should fit in with this team’s style, I hope.”

…while the 31-year old Stempniak’s career production suggests he’ll be able to replace Pouliot’s 36-point output from last season, their games couldn’t be more different. Pouliot uses his big body to maintain puck possession and fight through traffic, while Stempniak is a more dynamic skater who has the ability to generate speed through the neutral zone and produce offense…


…but don’t let those two plays fool you into thinking he’s a finesse player as the 5-11 Stempniak is more than willing to get dirty to make a play in both ends of the ice…

…one of the biggest reasons for the Rangers failures on the power play last season (hell for the last six seasons) was their inability to cleanly enter the offensive zone. I truly feel that Stempniak’s superior skating ability will help turn that around, thus giving the Blueshirts way more possession time to give the puck away on an ill advised cross ice pass.


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