Artemi Panarin, unhappy not only with his work in the playoffs but throughout the 2021-22 regular season, said he intends to return to the more unpredictable style he played with during his two seasons with the Blue Jackets and his first season with the Rangers.
Head coach Gerard Gallant, meanwhile, said he liked Panarin’s play last season, even in the playoffs.
“I was too much on the boards myself and with the puck,” Panarin said, echoing thoughts he first expressed late in the season, through an interpreter. “There were definitely good parts of last season, 15 or 20 good games on the big chunk of the season. There needs to be more puck movement.
Panarin finished 12th in league scoring with 96 points, and his 74 assists were fourth in the NHL and second by a left winger in history, 11 shy of the mark set by Jonathan Huberdeau on the season. last. Panarin, however, had just 48 points (13-35) 5-for-5, his lowest points on the season since his second year in the league with the Blackhawks.
“I had no problem with him last year. Not at all. I like the way he plays,” Gallant said. “We had a little chat a couple of weeks ago and he said that he wanted to be around the net more and I said that was the same thing we wanted.
“I’m not going to take anything away from his game. He’s a talented player, he makes great plays and great passes. I’m not going to tell him to play up and down. I want him to play his game. That’s why they brought him to New York.
“When he gets the puck, I want him to be creative. There is no big secret in our system that everyone plays the same way. No, not everyone plays the same way. And I see that.
Panarin struggled to make an impact during the playoffs. He scored the overtime winner in Game 7 against the Penguins, but his numbers (6-10-16 in 20 games) look better than his game. He was spending too much time on the periphery and making too many turnovers.
“I wasn’t as happy as I should have been. I wanted to do better,” he said. “I made a little more unfortunate plays and the unfortunate mistakes I made probably shouldn’t have happened.
“When we were losing in games, I had to take risks. When the risks didn’t materialize, it looked like I hadn’t done anything. When that happened, I lost confidence and then I made various mistakes.
Igor Shesterkin didn’t spend the summer dwelling on his 2021-22 Vezina Trophy, during which the goaltender posted a 36-13-4 record with a 2.07 goals-against average and save percentage. stops of 0.935. He is the third-best goaltender in NHL history among goaltenders who have played at least 50 games, behind Tim Thomas (.938 in 2010-11) and Dominik Hasek (.937 in 1998-99).
Rather, the 26-year-old focused on fixing what he perceived to be gaps in his game. When asked which areas he would look to improve, Shesterkin said: “As I I said in previous years, ‘You’ll see.’
“I keep trying to improve. It just depends on me.
The Blueshirts took him to Game 6 of the Conference Finals before their unexpected run ended. The goal for this season, as Shesterkin sees it, is simple.
“There’s only one goal — to win the Stanley Cup,” Shesterkin said. “I believe we are quite capable of that.”
When asked if any player particularly impressed during the three-day scrimmage at camp, Gallant named Dryden Hunt, who is competing for a fourth-line role on the wing. He worked on a line with Jimmy Vesey and Gustav Rydahl.
“I’m happy with everyone, but if there’s one guy who stands out a little bit, it’s Huntsie, to be honest with you. I think he was really good.
The Rangers will play the first of six exhibition games at the Garden on Monday against the Islanders before heading to Boston for a game Tuesday against the Bruins.
Rangers reduced their camp roster to 62 by sending Sam Alfano, Maxim Barbashev, Jayden Grubbe and Bryce McConnell-Barker to their respective junior teams.
New York Post