Hartnett: Thriving Rangers Rookie Defenseman Brady Skjei Equipped To Handle Top-Four RoleThe 22-year-old blueliner is deserving of high praise for his ability to quickly progress the puck up ice and continually spark transitions where the Rangers outnumber the opposition.
Hartnett: Rangers Rookie Brady Skjei Holds Himself To High StandardWhat has always stood out about the Lakeville, Minnesota, native is his poise, maturity and understanding of what it takes to become a reliable professional in the fast-paced NHL at a tender age.
Hartnett: Rangers Still Have Tough Call To Make To Trim Blue LineHead coach Alain Vigneault indicated Monday that he believes the Blueshirts will open the regular season with seven defensemen due to cap implications – meaning that a roster move is forthcoming.
Hartnett: Rangers Should Turn To Promising Skjei, Jensen In 2016-17Throughout their one-sided loss in the opening round of the playoffs, the Rangers showed they are going to need an influx of youth and speed. They have two kids playing in Russia right now that would begin to remedy the problem.
Hartnett: Rangers' Rookie Skjei Proving To Be Real DealThe Rangers have something special in Brady Skjei. Call it two of a kind. With Ryan McDonagh missing from the lineup, the 22-year-old defenseman has done an excellent job in his first playoff series emulating the captain's two-way steadiness.
Hartnett: McIlrath, Skjei Give Rangers Fans A Taste Of The FutureTuesday's 4-2 home victory over the Edmonton Oilers was proof that the Rangers possess two blue-line gems in Dylan McIlrath and Brady Skjei.
Hartnett: Zuccarello Looked Like His Productive Self In His Preseason DebutIn his first game since suffering a scary brain injury in the first round of last season's playoffs, Zuccarello looked every bit the player whose energetic style of play ignites the Rangers.
Hartnett: Rangers' Top Prospect Skjei Makes Strong Impression In Preseason DebutThe Rangers struck gold when they drafted Brady Skjei with the 28th overall pick in the 2012 draft.
Hartnett: Raphael Diaz Happy To Be Back With Rangers, Is Ready To CompeteDiaz cherishes the memories of his first stint with the Rangers, as he helped the Blueshirts reach their first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 1994.
Hartnett: Two Of A Kind? Rangers Prospect Skjei Could Go On To Emulate McDonaghWhether or not Skjei squeezes his way onto the Rangers' 2015-16 opening-night roster, it's clear that it won't be long before he's a star on Broadway.
Hartnett: Rangers' Training Camp Intrigue To Revolve Around Depth PositionsTraining camp opens on Sept. 17 and the Rangers will begin their six-game preseason schedule four days later, when they host the Devils.
Hartnett: Rangers Should Get Back Quite A Haul When They Trade TalbotIt has long been a foregone conclusion that the Rangers will trade backup goaltender Cam Talbot prior to or during the NHL draft. You could go as far as calling it one of the worst-kept secrets in hockey.