Alain Vigneault said that the Rangers need to put young players like Jimmy Vesey and Pavel Buchnevich into situations where they can be successful.
He said that the two of them are "both good offensive players" and need to be put in positions where they can show the coaches and their teammates "what they can do."
Vigneault said that Vesey wants to prove that he can play at this level and also possess "a great skill set" and is "very determined." (MSG)
The Rangers have said that they want to go with three lines that can score and a fourth line that is focused a bit more on defense, faceoffs and penalty killing.
Adam Rotter: Pending that the Rangers are healthy, there are only so many spots to put offensive players into positions where they can succeed. Brandon Pirri looks to have locked in a spot somewhere in the top-nine at least to start the season. Then there should be one spot for either Vesey or Buchnevich in the top-nine. Neither of them work on the fourth line and I think Vesey has a little edge on Buchnevich for no other reason than Buchnevich is going through a massive culture change right now. As much as it's a transition for Vesey to go from college to the NHL, he still speaks the same language as everyone else and could walk directly downstairs after a game and hop a train if he wanted to go home for the night. Buchnevich, who may have a higher ceiling than Vesey overall, doesn't have either of those things and could maybe use some extra time adjusting. I think it's possible that Buchnevich sticks as the 13th forward for a little while, gets extra time on the ice with the coaches and then they find a way to get him in.