In his first full season with the Rangers, Brady Skjei has two goals, 22 assists, a plus 8 rating, 76 shots on goal and an average of 16:37 per game.
Skjei joins Brian Leetch, Sergei Zubov and Michael Del Zotto as the only Ranger defensemen to record at least 20 assists in their rookie season.
Prior to the Rangers trip to Arizona in late December, Alain Vigneault said of Skjei "I see so much potential there as far as that skating ability and being able to skate the puck away from pressure. (NYR)
He continued, "I really believe that he has improved as far as his decisions with the puck and that when he plays with that bite and jam he is tough to play against one on one because of the mobility and skating." (NYR)
Vigneault added, "all I see there is improvement because of the talent and potential and it's up to us and him to work on improving all facets of his game." (NYR)
On Feb 9, Vigneault said that despite Skjei's struggles on Tuesday against Anaheim that he had been playing some "real solid hockey for us."
Vigneault said that after an "average" training camp Skjei has picked up his game and "is one of our young players taking real positive strides and is coming along.
On 2/10, Vigneault said "Brady is a real good skater, probably, I don't want to make comparisons here but when Mac goes back for pucks he can take a couple of strides and blow away from a forechcek. You sort of see that with Brady a little bit and he can turn and go get pucks and just bobble his shoulders a bit and then he has a step and he's gone. Now he just has to improve his decision making with the puck and that is just by playing more and in more situations and he has taken some positive steps and we need him to continue."