When defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk pulled a New York Rangers jersey over his head for the first time July 18, his new teammates were as excited as he was. Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh said that exhilaration has not worn off, and probably won't for a while. The Rangers captain is well aware of Shattenkirk's capabilities and what he will bring this season. "His skill set, his experience and just his all-around ability as a player is a huge asset to any team he's on," McDonagh said last week during a break in play at Da Beauty League, where a host of NHL players with ties to Minnesota are playing games for charity every Wednesday through July and twice a week through Aug. 23 at Braemar Arena. "I think everybody was pretty excited when we heard the news [he was joining the Rangers], and we're looking forward to seeing him at camp and having him contribute to the success of this team." New York signed Shattenkirk, 28, to a four-year, $26.6 million contract (average annual value $6.65 million) July 1. He had 56 points (13 goals, 43 assists) in 80 games with the St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals last season, and has at least 25 points on the power play in four straight seasons. The last Rangers defenseman with at least 25 power-play points in a season was Hockey Hall of Fame member Brian Leetch with 26 in 2001-02. Shattenkirk's presence on the power play will be welcomed after New York struggled with the man advantage during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, scoring three times in 39 chances (7.7 percent) in 12 games.
Shattenkirk has huge fans in Rangers' McDonagh, Skjei
NHL.com | Jul 26