Alain Vigneault said after the Rangers win over the Oilers that Brady Skjei is coming along "real well," seeing the ice better, skating the puck out of trouble and making the right plays.
He added that "there is no doubt that after an average training camp he has picked up his game."
Skjei has a five game assist streak, with six assists overall, and is the first Rangers rookie defenseman to have a five game point streak since Brian Leetch did it twice as a rookie in 1988-89. (Rangers Game Notes)
Vigneault said yesterday that Brady "has been skating real well" and that he has liked how Skjei has been able to skate the puck out of trouble.
Joe Micheletti said that Skjei is playing a more physical brand of hockey in his own zone. Joe has noted that Jeff Beukeboom has helped him in that regard. (MSG)
Skjei said that he is still a young player with just over 20 games of NHL experience (regular season and playoffs combined) and that he is still learning things.(Newsday)
On Friday, Vigneault said that the Rangers want to make sure that Skjei is playing well on the left side before they give him a look on the right side.
Skjei is averaging 16:06 per game and when he is on the ice at 5 on 5 the Rangers have 47% of the shot attempts, 57% of the goals for and is starting 45% of his shifts in the offensive zone. (Natural Stat Trick)