Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Youth Movement?

So there we were in an exhibition game against the Bruins and while the Bruins were playing their young ones (no Thornton, no Leetch) the Rangers were playing Jagr, Nylander, Straka and Rucinsky. So what happens next? Yesterday Josef Balej and Nigel Dawes were sent to Hartford. They joined Hugh Jessiman and Chris Holt (G) who went to Hartford previously. Dawes, 50 goal scorer in the Western Hockey League played all of 5:25 minutes against the Bruins. Shades of Pavel Brendl and all the other young prospects who can't get ice time. But we continue to talk like we are serious about a youth movement but we load up with the likes of Steve Rucchin, Martin Straka, Marek Malik, Jason Ward and Ville Nieminen. The Rangers still have some fine youngsters in Kondratiev, Tyutin and Pock on defense. There are still good young forwards like Jed Ortmeyer, Dominic Moore, Ryan Hollweg and the big (size also) surprise Petr Prucha. Add young goalie Henrik Lundqvist and you do still have some fine young players. But they have to play. Renney is playing these exhibition games to win but we need to see the young guys in there. Most Ranger fans would rather see the young players and suffer through some minor disappointments than see the veterans play and suffer major disappointments. What do you think?

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