12/27/17 | Alain Vigneault spoke about Shattenkirk on Wednesday, saying (NYR):
- On Shattenkirk, "he moves his feet, moves the puck, makes plays that are not easy plays but you beat the first forechecker and that opens things up, on the breakout, in the neutral zone and it gets us going in the offensive zone. We need to see more of that consistently and I am pretty sure he will be the first one to tell you that he needs to be better and that is what we want."
- Does his game go with how the PP goes, "I don't think so. PP has always been a big part, when you think about Shattenkirk, you think PP QB but I also believe that you see a lot of great 5 on 5 plays with the puck, defending the right way but especially with the puck and going back for it and his skating ability and puck handling ability being able to beat that forecheck, which permits us to spend less time in your zone defending. Maybe they both rub off on one another but in a lot of games you get 1 or 2 PPs so you need to be able to play 5 on 5 and play well."
- How different is the team when Shattenkirk is going well, "it's the same, we've got Hank, that everyone knows and then after that we have a whole bunch of pieces, that when they play well and work well together, the sum of those makes it a real good team. If we have one guy on one pair or one line not playing well then it makes it challenging for us and we need the 4 lines and 6 D going."
12/26 | Alain Vigneault said on Saturday that he thinks there is more that Kevin Shattenkirk can bring for the Rangers.
Vigneault said that defensively he thinks Shattenkirk is improving but that offensively there is "more there," citing his skating, going backs for pucks quicker and finding the "available outlet."
Vigneault added, "his confidence may not be at it's highest point because he will be the first to tell you that he isn't making those usual passes that he can make. He's working extremely hard, has the right attitude and will only get better as we move forward.
Shattenkirk has not scored since November 6th and only has 7 points in the past 20 games.
In the past 8 games Shattenkrik has 2 assists, a minus three rating and an average ice time of 18:44, with three of his ice times being 16:01, 16:56 and 16:23.
At 5 on 5 this season Shattenkirk has been on for 22 goals for and 26 goals against and in all situations he has been on for 44 goals for and 34 against.
Adam Rotter: Shattenkirk's game offensively has fallen off after a really good start and needs to find his way back to executing. It goes beyond the struggles off the PP as Shattenkirk is struggling to make passes through the neutral zone and make simple offensive plays that should be routine for him. He is definitely playing a new and different role with the Rangers than he has in any other place. He has more responsibility with the Rangers and that is likely an adjustment but he performed earlier in the season and needs to do so again. If he can firm up his defensive game and positioning a bit more and then start executing and making smart plays with the puck, instead of trying to force them, then Shattenkirk will be fine and so will the Rangers.