New York Rangers: Blueshirt Beat, 7/11/17, DeAngelo Goes Camping
Dec 29, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Coyotes defenseman Anthony DeAngelo (77) checks New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal (18) during the second period at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony DeAngelo attends the New York Rangers Junior Camp, The Rangers put Kreider vs Grabner in a who did it better, and more in today’s Blueshift Beat. 

Newly acquired defenseman Anthony DeAngelo attended the New York Rangers Youth Hockey Camp yesterday, at the MSG Training Center. The camp has been held by the Rangers annually during the summer for kids aged 6-14. Something that helps teach and grow the game of hockey, as well as providing these kids with life skills. Chris Kreider and Adam Graves are usually heavily involved, and it appears the two of them we’ll be in attendance. Pavel Buchnevich will also attend the camp at some point. DeAngelo was more of a surprise guest today, maybe a sign he’s working to get past his “off ice” issues.

DeAngelo looked like he was having a great time, and I’m sure the kids did as well. Bravo to the Rangers for putting this on and bravo to the players for getting involved.

Lindy Ruff Joins the Rangers’ Bench

As previously reported, the Rangers made the hiring official of Lindy Ruff. Ruff brings a ton of NHL experience to the group and will be in charge of the defensive unit, and penalty kill. He’s certainly acquiring the most skilled top six he’s seen in a long time, a group that will be much deeper than the defense he’s worked with in Dallas the previous four years.

A few years ago, Chris Kreider made social media waves by broad jumping himself out of pool, an incredible showing of explosiveness and lower body strength. Well, social media star Michael Grabner took the challenge and ran with it, and has posted a video of himself doing the same while on vacation. The Rangers have decided to put the two up against each other and let the fans decide who did it better. Honestly, it’s quite hard to tell, but have a look for yourselves.

The Rangers have also posted an update with the closing of the Prospects Camp last week, with Director of Player Development Jed Ortemeyer talks about what they were able to see in the camp. He mentions defenseman Bereglazov, Pionk, and Day as stand outs on the blue line and came away impressed with Andersson and Chytil.

Other Ranger News

  • ESNY’s Derek Radich dissects how much the Rangers have improved in relative to the rest of the Metropolitan Division.
  • ESNY’s Daniel Federico makes his case on settling the Center Debate with a piece on prospect Cristoval “Boo” Nieves.
  • The NY Post’s Larry Brooks writes a nice piece on the history behind Kevin Shattenkirk and his desire to one day suit up for the New York Rangers.
Neal Purcell has a tremendous passion for New York Rangers hockey and the sport of hockey in general. A graduate of SUNY Cortland in Upstate NY, Purcell coaches both a high school hockey team and a travel team in the winter. Purcell is also a part of a small family business in the Central New York Region.