New York Rangers: Anthony DeAngelo Progress Report

New York Rangers defenseman Anthony DeAngelo has meshed into the Rangers lineup thanks to injuries throughout the roster. We have gotten a much better look at him lately with his larger role.

Anthony DeAngelo was the Rangers only tangible return when they traded away Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta this summer. The seventh overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft was certainly the most valuable piece of the trade. However, we werent sure who that was yet, but we knew who DeAngelo was.

The New Jersey native played one season with the Arizona Coyotes before he was traded. At 21 years old, DeAngelo posted five goals and nine assists through 39 games played. He tacked on a -13 rating and 46.0% CF rating. Not outstanding, but there was lots of promise for DeAngelo.

A year later and DeAngelo is wearing a new sweater in New York City.

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The New York Rangers have had their fair share of struggles on defense this season regarding durability. Kevin Shattenkirk is out for the year with a knee injury, and Ryan McDonagh and Marc Staal have both missed time with nagging injuries.

The Rangers got their first look at DeAngelo in the AHL with the Hartford Wolf Pack. Through 29 games, DeAngelo posted two goals and 11 assists for 13 points with a -12 rating. When the roster became thin, the Rangers opted for DeAngelo.

With the Rangers DeAngelo has struggled to find his footing. Through 23 games, DeAngelo has just six assists and has an atrocious -17 rating. The one bright spot comes with his 52.1% CF.

His points total isn’t much to worry about at this point. Plenty of defensemen don’t contribute in a large way on offense, especially at his age. The +/- is definitely more worrisome than we would want it to be.

Don’t abandon hope, by any means

While the start to DeAngelo’s career in New York isn’t perfect, there is a lot to like about what we have seen so far.

Look no further than his CF. The puck is going at the right net more often than not when DeAngelo is on the ice. Not to mention, the Rangers defensive lineup has been a mess this year. Young guys like DeAngelo have hardly had time to gel with line mates at the forwards.

Its important to remember DeAngelo is still just 22 years old in his second year in the league. There is a lot of room for him to grow and become one of the top defensemen in the organization.

The New York Rangers as a whole haven’t met expectations this year. It’s hard to blame the youngest guys on the roster when that happens. For DeAngelo, its about focusing on getting better and being a big piece in the team’s future.