The Stealth GM just might be being guided by Torts in his selection of talent. If so, then perhaps there is hope for this team. One clue that suggests this is taking place is the trade of Korpikoski for Enver Lisin. Korpikoski will be a fine player, but is more in the defensive model of Tom Renney or, for that matter, whomever the Devils put in as coach. He will have a fine NHL career with a nice plus-minus and 15-20 odd goals every year. He was not what this team needs. Lisin, however, just might become something special.
I quote from an NHL prospect profile:
"Lisin is a talented two-way forward with a huge offensive upside and a significant defensive upside. The young forward was more than likely the fastest forward eligible for the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He is fully capable of developing into a top line forward in the NHL. He’s an amazing skater, who’s a good finisher, has a great wrist shot, is very precise and has a deceivingly quick release."Torts likes the speed game. The Rangers need a speedy scoring threat on every line to do that. Could it be that Lisin is exactly what the doctor ordered?
1. The top goal scorers in the NHL now seem to come from the left side. Last season, seven of the top ten goal scorers played on left wing.
2. Paul Mara just signed with Montreal. He will be missed. He gave us his heart and soul, and played well.