A chance to spend a full season in the NHL had defenseman Anthony DeAngelo excited to learn he'd been traded to the New York Rangers.

"I think it'll be good," DeAngelo said Friday. "I think there's changes going on there. They're still a good hockey team. I just have to go in there and try to make the team out of [training] camp and keep moving forward."

The 21-year-old was traded to the Rangers with the seventh pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Arizona Coyotes for center Derek Stepan and goaltender Antti Raanta on June 23.

DeAngelo's offensive talents have never been questioned, and they're part of what made him a first-round pick (No. 19) by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2014. But to become a full-time NHL player, DeAngelo knows he must round out his game.

"I've got to continue to improve defensively," DeAngelo said. "Even last year there were some things I've got to do a lot better. Sometimes the offense makes up for it, but through an 82-game schedule you've got to be able to defend as well. … It's just being in the right place at the right time and moving guys and staying in front of guys' lanes. Gap control is a big thing."

DeAngelo was drafted by the Lightning, but traded to the Coyotes on June 25, 2016. He scored a goal in his first NHL game, against the Colorado Avalanche on Nov. 8, 2016.

He had 14 points (five goals, nine assists) and averaged 17:05 of ice time in 39 games with the Coyotes last season. DeAngelo also had 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 25 games with Tucson of the American Hockey League.