Since being called back up, Antony DeAngelo has 4 assists, a minus 13 rating, 3 PP points, 33 shots on goal and an average of 17:49 per game.
Since being called back up, when DeAngelo is on the ice at 5 on 5 the Rangers have had 50% of the shot attempts, 49% of the shots on goal, 26% of the goals scored and 49% of the s coring chances. (Natural Stat Trick)
Prior to the game against the Ducks on 1/23, Alain Vigneault said that DeAngelo was trying to be dependable defensively and play with some bite but that his game is about offense.
Vigneault said that the Rangers need DeAngelo handling the puck, jumping into the play and getting his shot through.
On 2/1, Alain Vigneault said "defensively he has been very stable, stick is better, is in better positions to take lanes away and to take the oppositions options away. He has been good with the puck, made some good heads up plays. Most of the games, when he we have been tracking him, he has been on the positive side of chances for and against. I like what he has brought so far."
On 2/7, Vigneault said that DeAngelo is working hard but that they need him to be better with the puck, on the breakout and supporting the attack.
He added, "I see a lot of skill and upside but you've got a young player, learning curve, consistency we are working on but there are some good and positive things to work with there."
On 2/15, Vigneault said that DeAngelo missed some easy plays against the Jets but was better against Minnesota and got a chance in the final minutes to be on the ice as the Rangers were looking to tie the game.
Vigneault added, "he's a young player, he's gotta improve. There are a couple of areas in his game where if he wants to play at this level and stay at this level he will have to improve those areas. Without me going into those specific with you, he is very aware of it."
DeAngelo said on 2/7 that he is comfortable, confident and will jump into the play when the time is right. (NYR)
He said that he wants to play defense and break up plays but that his "main game" is offense and he needs to get more involved with that. (NY Post)
DeAngelo told The Athletic that he still has "ways to go" and that he can and will get "much better" with more ice time." (The Athletic)
He said that he feels he has "really improved" defensively from where he was and that he hopes that being strong defensively helps him create more offense. (The Athletic)
Chris Drury said that he thinks DeAngelo is just "scratching the surface" of what he can do offensively and that he put in a lot of time and effort in Hartford to become a better defender. (The Athletic)
Adam Rotter: While DeAngelo certainly has a lot of room for improvement in his own zone, it's hard to single just him out when the whole roster has been shoddy and sloppy in the defensive zone. Hopefully better awareness and better play in front of the goalie will come with more experience, but it's his offensive ability that needs to start coming through. Defensive issues are a lot easier to take when you can produce offensively/on the PP and that is where the Rangers need DeAngelo. Maybe in time DeAngelo will develop into a two-way defender like so many other offensively inclined defensemen have, but for right now the Rangers need to see his offensive potential and that is what he needs to bring.