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New York Rangers Player Report Card: Kevin Klein

Player Name: Kevin Klein

Position: Defense

Personal Stats:

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 199

Shoots: Right

Season Numbers: 

Games Played: 30

Points: 6

Assists: 5

Goals: 1

Shots: 24

Hits: 36

Shots: 43

Strengths: The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of strengths that Klein possesses is his veteran experience, the right handed stay at home defenseman has played over 400 NHL games and adds considerable experience to the New York Rangers back line. He assists John Moore who is young and still trying to find his game, he blocks shots and is physical similar to the way Dan Girardi plays. His strength on the back end allows his partner and in fact all the players on the ice to jump up into the play which creates offense for the team. In Klein’s 30 games in Rangers blue he has taken zero penalties, which is a huge advantage especially because he can play the penalty kill.

Weaknesses: Klein doesn’t score a lot of goals or rack of a lot of assists, in fact in his 433 games Klein has only registered 17 goals and 71 assists for 88 points. While scoring his never been Klein’s game, and he’s really more of a defensive specialist the Rangers always struggle to get goals on the scoreboard during the postseason and any amount of offense would be helpful.

Post Season Prediction: Klein always flies under the radar, you’ll never see him on the front page of the New York Times or the Daily News. However, he is one of the Rangers most consistent players and quietly puts on good performances night after night, he won’t score or put up points but he’ll put up spectacular defensive efforts, a trend I expect him to continue in the playoffs. So I expect Klein to have a good post season, getting better and better as it goes on especially against offensive teams such as the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers.

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