David Quinn said on Friday that Kevin Shattenkirk is "huge" for the Rangers this year not only on the ice but with how he acts off the ice as a role model. (NYR)
He noted that veterans are so important for the Rangers right now because they are the ones that the young players will look to follow and emulate as they learn about being in the NHL. (NYR)
Quinn said that people are drawn to him because of his personality and noted that Shattenkirk is "in a much better place physically and mentally." (NYR)
Shattenkirk said over the summer that he wants to be a "sound board" for players, answer questions and work with them on "anything they may need." (NYR)
He added that the most "important" thing to learn as a young player is "how to be consistent" and that "there's nights when maybe you're not playing that well but you're able to manage it into a decent game. That takes time, but that's what I'm here for; to teach those little lessons." (NYR)
Marc Staal said that he has always been a "voice" in the Rangers locker room and that he wants to continue to do that and set an example for the young players coming in. (NY Post)
Brady Skjei, at 24 and entering his fourth pro season, said that he is embracing the opportunity to move into a leadership role. (NY Post)
Skjei said that he is looking forward to being counted on as a leader and someone that will help "turn things around in the right direction." (NY Post)
Jeff Gorton has said that Chris Kreider should be able to fill a similar role because of his experience with the Rangers.
Adam McQuaid is known for his leadership and what he brings on and off the ice.
Adam Rotter: This rebuild only works if the young players have veterans to lean on, work with and help them develop. So many teams doing what the Rangers are doing throw away the veterans and hope that the young players will just come together and find success. Sometimes it happens but more often then not, it doesn't, and it's part of the reason why the Rangers kept around as many veterans as they did. There are still players on this team, though certainly not as many, that went to the Finals in 2014, went to the conference finals in 15, got blitzed out of the playoffs in 16 by Pittsburgh and, probably, should have beaten Ottawa in 2017. These young players need to learn from players that have had success and the Rangers still have them. It's good for Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil to play down in the lineup and sit behind talented veterans. In-time they will become the focal point of the Rangers, but that isn't now and it's on the veterans to make sure that when the young Rangers are going to take over, that they are ready and prepared for it.