Raphael Diaz #4
Defense- power play
Season Numbers: (combined from Montreal, Vancouver, and NYR)
Games Played: 63
Shots on goal: 68
Blocked shots: 127
Penalties In Minutes (PIMs): 16
Average Time On Ice (TOI): 17:59
Diaz was a trade deadline acquisition for the Rangers. General Manager, Glen Sather, claimed to have been eying Diaz since last year when he was in Montreal. Perhaps the Ryan McDonagh trade left the Habs unwilling to trade with the Rangers again. Diaz has proven to be a solid defenseman who has a good offensive upside. He has also seems to have some skill on the power play. He is also good at playing a physical game and finishing his checks. He stands up to opposing players and doesn’t give them a bit of space to get to the net.
Given his short span as a Ranger, Diaz hasn’t had an abundance of time to show us what he is made of just yet. There have been instances where he has pinched a little too much and gone a little too far on the rush. Thankfully there have been others on the ice with enough hockey IQ to cover for him.
Post Season Prediction:
Once McDonagh returns to the line-up all bets are off regarding Diaz. It would seem more likely to keep John Moore in the lineup than Diaz; much like before McDonagh’s shoulder injury. There may be a bit of rotating later in later playoff rounds if there are long series, to help prevent fatigue.