Dec 22, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke (24) and New York Rangers right wing Derek Dorsett (15) are broken up by linesman Matt MacPherson (83) during the second period of a game at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers Derek Dorsett: Player Report Card

Player Name:

Derek Dorsett

Position:

Forward- right wing

Personal Stats:

Height: 5’11″

Weight: 188lbs

Shoots: Right

Season Numbers:

Games Played: 51

Points: 8

Goals: 4

Assists: 4

Shots on Goal: 67

Hits: 102

Blocked Shots: 27

Penalties In Minutes (PIM): 128

Average Time On Ice (TOI): 11:02

Strengths:

Dorsett is a tough, and gritty player who is a serious grinder foo the New York Rangers. Most fourth line players don’t get much attention, unless they are Paul Bissonnette. Dorsett will drop mitts with anyone on the ice, regardless of size and will protect all of his teammates. He isn’t going to post big points, but he will put up a big fight in the name of his teammates. Dorsett is also smart about his fighting and his penalties. He reminds guys when not to fight based on more severe penalties. He did sustain a broken leg this season and was temporarily replaced by Daniel Carcillo on the fourth line. Dorsett fought his way back into the line-up and is showing why he deserves to be there.

Weaknesses:

 Dorsett isn’t meant to do more than what he is already doing. He started the season taking a lot of really bad penalties and forced way too many short-handed situations. He’s got to keep the penalties under control to give his team the best chance at a long post season run.

Post Season Prediction:

Dorsett will make his presence known much like Arron Asham did last year. His gritty play will help Dorsett, and the rest of the Rangers, play the type of physical play needed against the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round. He won’t post the big points, but he will make sure his opponents feel his presence. They might feel it in their face, or as they lay on their back looking up at the ceiling after he takes them down.

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