Friday, July 15, 2011

Rangers Defensemen Need To Hit The Net!

Source: NY State of Sports
TSN has an interesting article that takes a look at the accuracy of players hitting the net when they shoot the puck. Three Rangers defensemen from last season (Del Zotto, Eminger, Sauer) managed to finish in the top 25 for missed shots. Two Rangers (Gilroy & McCabe) finished in the top 25 for most accurate shooters amongst defensemen, however neither of them will be back in New York next season.

It's well known that Michael Del Zotto had a bad year last season in his sophomore season. So bad in fact that he was sent to the AHL to finish the year. As the article points out, it's very concerning when one of the men manning the point on the power play misses the net 42% of the time. So, if Del Zotto wants to stick with the big club for this season, we can only hope that he's been practicing getting his shots on goal.

Amongst forwards, Chris Drury missed the net the third highest amount of times amongst forwards and Vinny Prospal finished in the top 25 for least likely to miss the net.

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