Saturday, March 25, 2006

An Unsung Hero

When people look at the New York Rangers success this season, two names come to mind. They are MVP race leader Jaromir Jagr and Henrik Lundqvist, who has been one of the top goalies in the NHL this season. One key reason for their success that has received little fanfare is defenceman Michal Rozsival. Rozsival's +36 +/- rating is the third highest in the NHL. It is the highest among non-Ottawa Senator players (in fact, he is the only non-Senator in the top 6 in +/- this season). Rozsival leads his Ranger team in ice time and shifts. He has developed into one of the best stay at home defencemen in hockey - arguable the best one this season. This is a suprise. For the past several seasons before the Rangers acquired him, Rozsival had been an extra defenceman who typically played on the second or third line in Pittsburgh who didn't appear to have much of an upside. He has even been somewhat successful offensively. His 26 points lead all Ranger defencemen. Rozsival is having a very good season and is one of the key reasons the New York Rangers have significantly improved.

Hmm, doesn't this seem a bit fishy or a masked effort or some sort?

Roszival was pretty average for HCO Trinec last season during the lockout. By average, I mean average EXTRALEAGUE player, not NHL player.
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