Jan 25, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Justin Falk (44) skates with a camera on his helmet during practice the day before the Stadium Series hockey game against the New Jersey Devils at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers Justin Falk: Player Report Card

Player Name:

Justin Falk #44

Position:

Defense- press box

Personal Stats:
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 215lbs
Shoots: Left

Season Numbers:

Games Played: 21
Points: 2
Goals: 0
Assists: 2
Shots on goal: 10
Hits: 39
Blocked shots: 28
Penalties In Minutes (PIMs): 20
Average Time On Ice (TOI): 11:56

Strengths:

Falk took a really great video of a practice at Yankee Stadium, via helmet camera. He fills in when the New York Rangers are missing a defenseman, or two now that Raphael Diaz has been added to the team.

Weaknesses:

He is the opposite of Ryan McDonagh in that Falk’s weakness seems to be playing hockey. You may remember this piece I wrote awhile back about Falk. The only thing he does well is accumulate penalties, which is not a strength by any stretch of the imagination. He’s a huge guy who can’t fight, can’t handle the puck well, and looks like a lost puppy on the ice. He can’t even find his way to the penalty box without a guide. He doesn’t seem to know where he should be in order to be of most benefit to his teammates, on the ice. In the Rangers’ final game of the season against Montreal, Falk played his first game since December. He played because McDonagh was out and Dan Girardi was getting some rest before the post season.

Post Season Prediction:

Well, he will, most likely, be spending some more time in the press box. If there are multiple injuries, he will play. Unless coach Alain Vigneault decides to call up Conor Allen or Dylan McIlrath to fill in the empty space.

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