Marc Staal said earlier in the week that he is feeling "pretty good" and that he has tried to work as hard as he can in practice to get his timing and legs right for the regular season. (NYR Game Notes)
Alain Vigneault said that he thinks Staal has played well, is skating well, good in his 1 on 1 battles and "the defending part has always been there."
He added that Staal has made some good decisions with the puck and that he is happy with the attitude and work ethic Staal has brought to training camp.
Staal appears to be starting the season on the Rangers third pair.
Adam Rotter: The best case scenario for Staal is to be a reliable third pair defenseman that kills penalties and can play more minutes if needed or if injuries occur. Situated into a role like that hopefully Staal can stay healthy, defend against a third line, instead of a first or second line, and maybe play cover a bit for Anthony DeAngelo if the two of them end up being paired together.