Brady Skjei among cuts as Rangers down to 25

Following the fourth preseason game, as promised the Rangers made more cuts whittling down the roster to 25. The Rangers official Twitter sent out a tweet.

No surprises. Brady Skjei goes down to Hartford where he can develop in his first full pro season. Ryan Graves also will play for the Wolf Pack. Mat Bodie was returned too. That gives Hartford a trio of young defensemen with upside. All three should be worth tracking.

Among the forwards was Ryan Bourque, who just can’t get his big break here. Unfortunately, he’s been passed by Oscar Lindberg who’ll make the roster. I’d love to see Bourque get a chance with another organization. He has nothing left to prove. At 24, the ’09 third round pick is a solid secondary player who can kill penalties.

As for the 25 players left, Dylan McIlrath remains along with Tanner Glass and Jayson Megna. Here is the breakdown:

Not much else to see here. McIlrath and Raphael Diaz had good nights. Diaz offensively with two power play goals. McIlrath defensively also nearly winning the experimental overtime shorthanded. Is the plan to keep eight D due to not wanting to expose McIlrath to waivers? He deserves the chance. If they go with eight, that means only one extra forward which spells the end for Glass.

Emerson Etem has been a disappointment. He has played his way out of a starting spot in my opinion. If he weren’t acquired for Carl Hagelin, he would be sent to Hartford.

The Blueshirts finish with two home preseason tilts next week against the Flyers and Bruins. Two more games before it starts up for real at the Blackhawks.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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