Vitali Yeremeyev’s recent play for the Rangers is living proof that success in the AHL does not always translate into success in the NHL. Yeremeyev, who shot up the depth chart this season after playing great down in Hartford, has been roughed up pretty bad so far in his stint in the NHL.
Yeremeyev is 0-4-0 in 4 games in the NHL this season, allowing 16 goals on 120 shots. He has a 4.53 GAA and an .846 Save percentage during those games. Although he has looked very good in practice, he hasn’t played the same during the games. He’ll be excellent for 10 minutes, than he’ll give up 3 goals in 2 minutes, which was basically what we saw Monday night in a 5-2 loss against the New York Islanders. Yeremeyev made some great saves in the first half of the 1st period, but then everything went downhill from there, as the Islanders goals just starting to keep piling up.
One thing I have noticed about Yeremeyev that needs improvement is the fact that he comes out too far on breakaways. He has let up 3 breakaway goals, and all because he was way too far out, allowing the player to just go around him and tuck the puck into the open side of the net. Martin Straka scored against him this way in Pittsburgh, and so did Jason Blake and Kenny Jonsson on Monday at the Garden. I’m surprised though that the Rangers have given up a couple of breakaways with the rookie in net, as you would think the Rangers would tighten up defensively do help their young goalie out. But, that hasn’t been the case and one can only wonder why.
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From the 1st day of this season, fans of the Rangers pleaded for General Manager Glen Sather to deal the high-priced veterans on the club who no longer could help them out in return for some young players and draft picks to quicken a hopefull rebuilding process that most fans would like to see take place.
It took until March 1st for the Rangers to finally make a deal that could actually help them out in the future, by dealing soon-to-be UFA Eric Lacroix to the Ottawa Senators in return for 25 year old, 6’4 215 pound Colin Forbes. Although Forbes is not known for his offensive abilities, he’s a nice sparkplug for the 4th line who mucks it out in the corners and plays a physical game. Forbes has looked pretty good in his 2 games so far as a Ranger, and I am already liking him better than Eric Lacroix.
But the better deal came today, March 5th, as the Rangers traded 36 year old defenseman Alexei Gusarov to the St. Louis Blues for 22 year old Slovak defenseman Peter Smrek. I love this deal for the Rangers. Smrek is a solid two-way defenseman who has the potential to put up 10 goals and 20 assists in the NHL. He has spent the majority of this season with the Worcester Ice Cats of the AHL, posting 2 goals and 6 assists in 47 games this season, to go along with 69 penalty minutes. In 6 games with the St. Louis Blues, he has registered 2 goals and 2 penalty minutes. To put things in a different perspective, the Rangers acquired Alexei Gusarov from the Colorado Avalanche in December for a 5th round pick. So in reality, we give up a 5th round pick for Peter Smrek. I woul Read more»