Rangers Update: Brendl in the Dog House

By Brandon LeBourveau

Pavel Brendl, the Rangers top prospect, was benched last night after the 1st period in the Hitmen’s 6-3 loss to the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Calgary’s management hasn’t liked Brendl’s effort in the last few weeks and decided to send him a message.

“We know how good Pav can be, he can be the best player in the league when he wants,” said Dean Clark, head coach of the Hitmen. “He has to show interest in doing some things. There’s no sense in putting in half an effort. There are some other concerns, it’s not only Pav.”

This has been the biggest knock on Brendl since he was drafted. It’s funny when a great player has one or two big flaws in his game, his star potential becomes vastly overlooked. I’m sure everyone knows by now that Pavel doesn’t have the best work-ethic or the best attitude.

But there’s not many players that do.

Honestly, how would you feel if the only place you could play is juniors, which isn’t fun for you if you keep getting 5 points a night? Brendl doesn’t have that motivation to play in juniors anymore and I can’t really blame him.

He had that motivation going at the World Juniors.

He wanted to succeed.

He wanted to prove the critics wrong and wanted to be the best player in the tournament

And he did just that.

Next season, whether it be with the Rangers, or with Hartford of the AHL, it will be a big step up for Pavel and he’s not going to back down. I can promise you that much. He’s going to want to succeed and he’ll prove the critics wrong again. Just wait and see…

News and Notes: Quick round up of news here…John MacLean was finally dealt today as he was shipped to Dallas for future Considerations. I hope we can get a draft pick back…Manny Malhotra, Jeff Ulmer and Tomas Kloucek were re-called today from Hartford as expected. Rangers face off against the Sabres at the Garden tomorrow night and we should expect to see all three of them in the lineup…I know it’s going to affect the prospects, but I would love to see Joe Sakic in New York next season. The Kariya-Sakic-Fleury line had a great all-star game yesterday as North America won 14-12 with Fleury chipping in 2 goals, 1 on Dominik Hasek and 1 on Evgeni Nabokov…I apologize again for not updating much this weekend, but I came down with the flu and just now am able to get out of bed…We’ll see how things go, but right now I think I’ll have time to get the prospect update done this weekend…