Pavel Buchnevich was a healthy scratch for the first time this season on Sunday against Vegas.
By month, Buchnevich has:
- October: 5 goals, 5 assists, 31 shots on goal, 14:46 per game in 13 games
- November: 4 goals, 6 assists, 29 shots on goal, 15:01 per game in 12 games
- December: 2 goals, 3 assists, 22 shots on goal, 14:20 per game
- January: 1 assist, 4 shots on goal, 15:08 per game in 3 games.
When Buchnevich was on the ice at 5 on 5 in October, the Rangers had 54% of the shot attempts, 52% in November, 44% in December and 45% in November. (Natural Stat Trick)
Larry Brooks wrote this week that he believes Pavel Buchnevich should get more ice time but that he has to earn that ice time as well. Brooks said that a "careless performance" against Arizona, where he started on the first line but was moved to the fourth line, is what got him scratched on Sunday. (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: Buchnevich will almost certainly be in the lineup on Saturday when the Rangers play the Islanders. Buchnevich has as much skill and potential as anyone on the Rangers but he hasn't been producing or effective over the last 4-5 weeks or so. He's a young player and will have ups and downs and that includes being a healthy scratch from time to time. This is what happens with young players, some get healthy scratched once in a while (like Kevin Hayes in his second year) and others go up and down repeatedly to Hartford (like JT Miller did). Buchnevich is a big part of the Rangers current and future and this is all part of the process that Alain Vigneault likes to talk about. He's going to be back in the lineup and if he's healthy he will probably play 99% of the remaining games this season.