Kevin Shattenkirk will make his Rangers preseason debut on Wednesday against the Devils.
Alain Vigneault has spoken about Shattenkirk many times since the start of training camp and said on Tuesday that he is going to have a "major role" on the team.
He said that playing against top players will be a good challenge for Shattenkirk and that "I am sure that he wants and will live up to."
Vigneault said that he wants Shattenkirk to bring his "offensive instincts" and creativity with the puck and said that he is confident he will make the right reads at the right time.
He said that the Rangers did a lot of homework on Shattenkirk before signing him and that every report they got was that he is a "tremendous teammate" and a "quality person."
Vigneault added, "when you talk about our leadership group, there is a guy with some experience that I expect to step in and help us in that facet."
Vigneault also wrote that Shattenkirk has a "reputation" for making his teammates better and is "extremely dedicated and has a strong way of keeping his teammates accountable. (MSG.com)
For a lot more on Shattenkirk since he signed, click HERE.
Adam Rotter: The Rangers didn't bring in Kevin Shattenkirk to to play Nick Holden's spot on the third pair. Shattenkirk was brought in to join the core, be a leader, push the pace, create offense and hopefully help the Rangers contend. He certainly has a lot of pressure on him, but he also wasn't brought in to be "the guy" on defense like Marian Gaborik, Brad Richards and Rick Nash have been up front. The Rangers already have "the guy" on defense with Ryan McDonagh, so Shattenkirk, even with all the hype and higher cap hit, still falls in line under McDonagh. No matter the situation or his place in team hierarchy, Shattenkirk seems ready to embrace being a Ranger and everything, positive and negative, that comes with it.