Alain Vigneault said right before the Winter Classic that Kevin Shattenkirk's season has been a work in progress and that "there is no doubt" that expectations on both sides are higher than what has been shown.
Vigneault said that Shattenkirk knows the areas where he needs to improve and is accountable regarding his performance
He added, "I think Shatty is probably putting a lot of pressure on himself to do real well in front of new teammates, new environment, friends and family. Sometimes it takes a little bit of time."
By month, Shattenkirk has had:
- October: 2 goals, 8 assists, 21:27 per game in 13 games
- November: 3 goals, 5 assists, 20:42 per game in 12 games.
- December: 4 assists, 18:48 per game in 13 games
- January: 1 assist, 21:10 per game in 4 games
Vigneault said that he is confident that the Rangers and Shattenkirk will "get there, because at the end of the day our team needs that."
Shattenkirk said that he is still learning how the Rangers want him to play and that while he likes the aggressive style, things haven't become a "natural instinct yet." (ESPN)
When Shattenkirk has been on the ice this season at 5 on 5, the Rangers have had 46% of the shot attempts. (Natural Stat Trick)
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Adam Rotter: It's been up and down for Shattenkirk in his first season, so far, with the Rangers. The Rangers knew what they were getting with Shattenkirk so I don't think they are surprised with some of his struggles defensively, but those are a lot easier to take when the PP is going and Shattenkirk is helping to create offense at 5 on 5. Right now though, the PP isn't going, not much is being created at 5 on 5 and Shattenkirk, like others, is having a tough time in his own zone. Shattenkirk came to the Rangers with a lot of hype and I think he is trying to live up to that hype on most shifts and that sometimes leads to turnovers with the puck, forcing things on the PP and not being in the right position. Shattenkirk, like Ryan McDonagh, needs to let the game develop in front of him and if he does that and makes simple, smart plays, he and the Rangers should be fine.