Steve Zipay at Blue Notes says prospect Derek Stepan will not be sent to the WHL this season and that it's either going to be the Rangers or Hartford.
...smart decision by the Rangers, not sure what a season in the WHL will do for Stepan. If he doesn't make the Rangers out of camp he'd be much better off learning the professional game in Hartford. Plus the Rangers could then call him up if he tears it up down there.
Meanwhile, over at VG Nett (a Norwegian website) an NHL expert says Mats Zuccarella-Aasen is expected to start the season in Hartford.
"I hope Mza will be on the ice in the first (home) game against Toronto. But I do not think he can manage to take a place in the team. A season in Hartford (the Rangers' B-team) will not hurt "Zuke" at all - it will only help him, "writes one of the growing number of NHL experts who have opinions about Mats Zuccarello Aasen.
...when the Rangers first signed MZA I thought for sure they'd find a way to have him in the opening night lineup, but as the summer has gone on I really don't see a spot for him right now unless he has a ridiculous camp forcing the Rangers to make a tough decision.
...h/t to reader Matt D. for the link.
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