Tim Erixon Scouting Report
"He's a very good skater and has good mobility, is a good passer and rarely losses a battle on the rush or even down low. He can contain players down low and has good offensive skills, a good head and good poise. There's not much negative to say about this guy."
He is calm, patient and just rock solid. He reminds me a lot of Ryan McDonagh, not just in how he plays, but in how he seems to be off the ice. He is quiet, collected, and ready to work. McDonagh didn't make the team to start last season, but I am not sure that Erixon will find the same fate. I think that Erixon will be a Ranger when the Rangers open up in Sweden on October 7th.
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Erixon scored the Rangers first goal last night.
Mike Sullivan kept talking about his poise during his segment last night and that was something that really shone through. Erixon is 20 and has played against men and for his country in highly competitive games so he has experience that should make him confident.
Erixon told Kennedy that he will play wherever he is needed on the ice:
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Using his advanced hockey stats, he predicts that Marian Gaborik should have a better season and points to his shooting percentage rebounding back towards the norm as he plays with Brad Richards.
The advanced stats point to Richards being a player that is trending down as he gets older and recorded a career high shooting percentage last season.
"Very skilled defenseman. You can see that he's going to be a strong, puck-moving defenseman. Fairly dynamic ? but a very simple and very skilled game. He's going to get a lot of consideration in training camp. "
Ken Gernander to the Hartford Courant
Erixon said that he was ready to battle for a spot on the Rangers roster.
The Rangers acquired Erixon from Calgary on June 1.
In the article, Gordie Clark says that Erixon's vision and reaction to the play remind him of Derek Stepan: