Anthony DeAngelo said that he knows he needs to continue to improve defensively and said that even though his offense can make up for some mistakes, in an 82 game season "you've got to be able to defend as well." (NHL.com)
He said that gap control is a big thing and that playing defense is about being in the right place at the right time and getting into lanes. (NHL.com)
In his career so far, DeAngelo has been a
- NHL- 16-17: minus 13 in 39 games, 8 of 14 points on the PP
- AHL - 16-17: minus 2 in 25 games, 7 of 16 points on the PP
- AHL - 15-16: minus 18 in 69 games, 19 of 43 points on PP
In terms of his offense, DeAngelo said that the Rangers "up-tempo" system should fit him well and that his plan is to make the team on opening night and "not look back." (NHL.com)
Alain Vigneault said that he is interested in seeing what DeAngelo will bring to the team.
Adam Rotter: If DeAngelo can improve his defensive play and limit whatever issues he has at that end of the rink then he will likely be with the Rangers sooner than later. No one questions his offensive potential but many people seem to question whether he can adequately defend enough to not be a liability. He's still a super young player and has a lot of time to develop into more of a two-way player the way that many other defensemen have done before, he even gets himself a bit of extra time since Kevin Shattenkirk has come aboard to assume the mantle of leading the offense from the defense.