It’s unclear whether Rangers will eventually carry 22 or 23 players on their opening roster, but regardless of composition, it’s hard to leave Jimmy Vessy out of the show.
With a team bonding trip to Providence, RI coming in and two games remaining in the fairs season, Vesey, who signed a pre-camp pro test contract, did well in the three pre-season games he got a chance. He has assists in those competitions, as well as a power play goal and stood a dive on Andreas Johnson’s chance of scoring at six on four at the end of Friday’s game against the Devils in Newark.
Vesey has been here before, in Ways more than One. He made the Devils last year on a professional trial (PTO) contract, scoring two goals in three pre-season games. And of course he played for Rangers from 2016-19. booth in dressing room Now close to Chris Kreider, one of his teammates from those years.
“He’s very stubborn,” Kreider told the newspaper. “He works his ass. … A guy who constantly wants to get better, who constantly wants to get better, who wants to be a difference maker, and you can tell his details are a lot better than they were in the first few years, which has been very consistent.
“He’s the kind that’s easy to play with. He gets pucks, wins fights, plays physically, has a good stick. He plays fast and simple, moves hard, hits the net. There’s a reason he plays well with a range of different lines, and it’s easy Very clever hockey player.”
The Rangers are still well placed in their fourth streak, with Ryan Reeves, Dryden Hunt, Julien Gautier and Vessy. Reaves will be on the list except for something unexpected, although how often he’ll play compared to sitting in a press box is an open question. Rangers coach Gerard Gallant said after training on Saturday that Rangers will likely have one open position in defense and another in the front group.
“There are probably a lot of guys you can tell who are fighting for those positions,” Gallant said.
Vesey, a grinder who can play with a penalty kick and score Expected equal goals Averaged over 50 percent on the Bad Devils last season, according to Natural Stat Trick, he turned himself into one of the main contenders.
“It’s been good so far,” Vessi told The Post of the training camp. “I think going in, the pre-season will be the most important. I think you can probably split those into the first four and the last two. The top four went well and now we have to regroup and prepare for the last two.”
As the match came to a close on Friday, Vesey was waiting for an opportunity to show what he could do with the penalty kick. Over time, he Expired With a shot to play in a six against four mode and out as a marquee game.
Unlike earlier in his career, when you could write his name on the list in pencil, Vesey finds him It’s easy to get up In preparation for the new season.
“I’m thinking strangely [being on a PTO] It might actually help.” Just because pre-season can be kind of a movement. While I have to focus on every game and this is the second year in a row that I’ve had my PTO. So I guess I kind of know the drill.”
In fact, it performs as if it does.
The Rangers cut their bootcamp roster to 29 on Saturday, assigning Will Coyle, Ty Emberson, Tim Gettinger, Laurie Bagonemy and Andy Welinsky to AHL Hartford.