Alain Vigneault said that he has "really liked" what he has seen from Anthony DeAngelo and that DeAngelo skates with his head up and has been finding the "easy, early available outlets."
He said that DeAngelo has shown "poise and patience" at times and added "he is a young player but has shown a real good skill set and defended well. Very happy with what I have seen from him so far."
DeAngelo said earlier this summer that the Rangers "up-tempo" system should fit him well and that his plan is to make the team on opening night and "not look back." (NHL.com)
Adam Rotter: One thing that Anthony DeAngelo can't do is sit for an extended period of time. If he makes the team as the 7th defenseman it has to be as part of a rotation between him and Nick Holden because DeAngelo can't develop sitting in the press box. The last few years the Rangers have had their top-six and then a seventh defenseman far down below. That can't be the case if it's DeAngelo and if he makes the team to start he can't be out of the lineup for more than two games in a row. He has all the skills offensively that the Rangers covet and while reports are that he has improved defensively, he likely still has a lot of room to grow there. My gut tells me that Nick Holden will start the season as the 6th defenseman and that DeAngelo will start in Hartford. If that is the case though, I don't see DeAngelo being in Hartford all that long.