Alain Vigneault said that he has only seen Anthony DeAngelo once but all of the people he has spoken with say that DeAngelo is "legit" and ready to "tale the next step." (NHL.com)
Vigneault said that he has spoken about DeAngelo with Rangers GM Jeff Gorton, with the team's scouts as well as Newell Brown, his former assistant in Vancouver, who was with DeAngelo in Arizona last year. (NHL.com)
He said that everyone he has spoken with says that DeAngelo will help the Rangers play their "quick north/south transition game" and on the PP. (NHL.com)
Vigneault added that DeAngelo knows he will be with his third organization in the past three years and "he's got to make a name for himself. Everybody thinks he'll be able to get it done." (NHL.com)
Jeff Gorton said earlier in the summer that DeAngelo is someone who can run a PP, can really skate and also "do a lot of things that we need."
Adam Rotter: DeAngelo still has two-years left on his entry level deal so the Rangers, especially after adding Kevin Shattenkirk, don't need to rush him to the NHL. Offensively he certainly seems ready to play in the NHL but there are still a lot of questions about his ability to defend. We've seen Alain Vigneault sit or limit time for forwards who struggle with defending so it's hard to see him going consistently with a young player like DeAngelo unless he believes that other areas of his game will compensate. I think he will get a long look in training camp but I do think he will spend at least part of the year in the AHL.