Chris Drury said that the Rangers have been looking at Neal Pionk for two seasons and that every team is looking for right handed puck moving defensemen. (NYR)
Drury said that Pionk's combo of "character, compete level and grit, to go along with the way he plays the game - both offensively and defensively - are the reasons why we wanted to add him." (NYR)
Gordie Clark said that Pionk was the top offensive college free agent defenseman on the market and said that he has the opportunity to be the right hand shot offensive defenseman the Rangers have been looking for. (NYR)
Pionk said that when he was younger he looked up to Brian Rafalski and that now he looks at Nashville's Ryan Ellis as someone who he likes to model his game after. (NYR)
Pionk said that he made "leaps and bounds" from his freshman to his sophomore season and that he felt he had a "good year." (Duluth News Tribune)
It's said that Pionk is a "very good two-way defenseman" due to his "excellent skating ability and agility" as well as an excellent "outlet passer." (SBN College Hockey)
Adam Rotter: Pionk was someone who was very interesting as a player and prospect up until the minute the Rangers got Anthony DeAngelo and then, a week later, Kevin Shattenkirk. Now it looks like the Rangers are mostly set on defense to start the season and Pionk because a very interesting prospect to watch in Hartford. He's actually a couple of months older than DeAngelo but he is someone that the Rangers are high on. Had things turned out differently in the offseason with who the Rangers added on the right side of the defense than Pionk, and maybe Alexei Bereglazov, would be in better positions to make the team, but as of now it would seem like they will get their first shot at North American pro hockey in Hartford.