So far in the preseason, Tony DeAngelo has played:
- 9/17 against NJ: 18:48 (5:19 PP, 0:36 PK, 12:53 EV), 4 shots, 2 shot attempts blocked, 1 shot that missed the net, 2 hits
- 9/19 against Philly: minus one, 23:54 (7:57 PP, 3:05 PK, 12:52 EV), 5 shots, 1 shot that missed the net, 2 takeaways, 3 blocked shots
- 9/24 against NJ: 1 assist, 18:43 (2:46 PP, 15:57 EV), 2 shots, 1 giveaway, 2 blocked shots
Following the Flyers game, David Quinn said that "Tony has played well. Tony is a guy that's got an awful lot of skill and he's still young for a defenseman. He played an awful lot of minutes the past two games and we want to continue to work with him and make him a better player because we think there's a lot there." (NYR Game Notes)
Later in the week, Quinn said that DeAngelo brings "a lot to the table that I like," including mobility and hockey sense. (NYR)
Quinn called him a "strong candidate" and noted on Monday that both he and Neal Pionk could make the Rangers because of the different qualities in their game. (NYR)
DeAngelo told the NY Post that he feels he should be with the Rangers but that he needs to prove it to the coaching staff.
DeAngelo can not be sent to Hartford without clearing waivers.
So far in the preseason, at 5 on 5, he has been on the ice for 45 shot attempts for and 33 shot attempts against. (Natural Stat Trick)
Adam Rotter: DeAngelo should start the year with the Rangers and my guess is that they go with eight defenseman. It's a complicated situation because the Rangers won't want to risk losing him on waivers, but he needs to play and will certainly get a lot more minutes in Hartford than he would with the Rangers, especially if he is spending most of his time in the pressbox. There is value to being around the team and practicing with the group but DeAngelo needs minutes and if he gets those minutes, he needs to produce.
Neal Pionk can go to Hartford without waivers but he will almost certainly make the team, along with Kevin Shattenkirk, Brady Skjei, Marc Staal and Adam McQuaid. That leaves DeAngelo in a battle/rotation with Brendan Smith and Freddy Claesson for the 6th spot. Injuries, unfortunately, and performance, will help dictate who plays, how much and when, but at some point the Rangers will need to go with a consistent group of defenders and move forward from there.