Alain Vigneault said that Vinni Lettieri is a right handed shot that brings speed and shoots the puck well.
Lettieri will make his NHL debut tonight and is scheduled to skate on a line with Paul Carey and Boo Nieves.
Lettieri said that he plays to take what he was doing in Hartford and "keep shooting the puck." (NYR)
Vigneault said that Lettieri will see some time on the PP because he is right handed and likes to shoot the puck. Vigneault said that the Rangers don't have many right handed shots, Lettieri has been playing the PP and Hartford and that he wants to try him there.
Lettieri has 76 shots on goal this season for Hartford, 12 goals, 9 assists and a minus five rating.
Last season at Minnesota, Lettieri ranked 49th in the nation in shots on goal with 124.
Brady Skjei, a former teammate of Lettieri's at Minnesota said that he has "tremendous skill," is a great skater and has "a lot of confidence." (NY Post)
On Friday, Vigneault said that he wants Lettieri to play to his strengths and bring energy. He said that he thinks that his line with Paul Carey and Boo Nieves could be very effective.
Adam Rotter: It will be exciting to see Lettieri who can likely play a variety of roles for this team. He seems to have top-nine and PP offensive upside but also energy and speed that could help make him effective if he's down in the lineup. He should have at least a few games to show that he should stay, before Jesper Fast comes back, and then force Alain Vigneault and Jeff Gorton to make a tough decision. This is a good opportunity for him as well as a chance for the Rangers to see how his development from training camp is going.