Vitali Kravtsov officially held his NHL debut in Buffalo on Saturday night.
The 21-year-old winger replaced Philip Di Giuseppe in the Rangers lineup and tied for third place with Alexis Lavrinier and Philip Chetil. Since his KHL Traktor team withdrew from the playoffs in early March, Kravtsov has been with Blueshirts for more than a week since cleaning up the NHL’s COVID-19 agreement.
When head coach David Quinn talked about why Saturday was the right time for Kravtsov’s debut, he said: “He has always performed well and has been here with us long enough.” “I just think this is a good time for him to join.”
Today, the average age of the new product line is 20 years old, and the fourth production line will be composed of Colin Blackwell, Kevin Rooney and Julien Gauthier.
Kravtsov is the ninth overall pick of the Rangers in 201
He was promoted from the Rangers’ taxi team on Saturday, which means he will receive a salary cap of $925,000.
“The first thing you want them to do is enjoy it,” Quinn said of his message to Kravtsov. “There will be nerves. Once you get off work a few times, they will disappear quickly. …just play games, don’t try to do too many things, do things that can bring you here, and enjoy the moment.”
Goalkeeper Igor Shesterkin scored his fifth start in six games for the second time in his career.
For the first time since December 1995, the Rangers have scored at least 62 goals in a calendar month (March).
In addition, Mika Zibanejad, Ryan Strome and Adam Fox all recorded at least 20 points in the middle of the month, which is the first time in franchise history. Six times in the same calendar month, three players have scored more than 20 points. The last players to do this were Mark Messier, Brian Leetch and Pat Verbeek in 1995.
Four Rangers have scored 30 points or more this season (Stroem, Fox, Artimi Panarin and Pavel Buhenevich). The Rangers are one of only three teams in the NHL, with four players and the Lightning and Jets this season with at least 30 points.
Among the 107 NHL players who have recorded at least 70 minutes of short ice time this season, Ryan Lindgren (1.96), Buchenevic (2.80) and Fox (3.44) each scored a strong score of 60 points. Ranked first, second and fourth. Minutes of power consumption time.
In this season, Lindgren only scored one powerful goal, while Fox only scored two and Buchnevic scored three. In 31 of the past 32 games, Lindgren has not been on the ice in a strong scoring game, and during that period set the team’s empty handed 80:39 empty time.