Vitaly Kravtsov finds a groove, impresses with Brennan Osman, and more

Vitaly Kravtsov is finally starting to get into a groove with the New York Rangers after being a healthy scratcher often this season. Heading into action against the Minnesota Wild tomorrow, he’s now played in 11 straight games.

Even better, the 23-year-old striker moved from the fourth line to the second line with Vincent Troschek and Artemy Panarin thanks to his attention to detail in all three areas. During this stretch, Kravtsov scored a goal and two assists with a +2 rating.

“Now I feel more relaxed,” Kravtsov said after training on Monday. “I believe in myself. Troch and Bread help me a lot on the ice. After every good game, I feel more confident. I hope I can keep going.”

Vitaly Kravtsov finds a groove

Vitali Kravtsov New York Rangers
December 18, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Vitaly Kravtsov, the right winger of the New York Rangers (74), scored a goal against Chicago Blackhawks goalkeeper Arvid Soderblom (40) during the third period at the United Center. Mandatory credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

The skilful young striker has been smiling a lot lately. After a tumultuous start to his Rangers footballing career which saw him join Russia twice due to not getting the team out of camp and then asking for a trade two summers ago, he has begun to settle in.

Things didn’t go well with the 2018 first-round pick to start this season as he was injured after playing just 88 seconds in the team’s home win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Just a few weeks later, another major collision-related injury to the Dallas Stars derailed his efforts to make a bigger impression.

One thing is clear though, Kravtsov has been a model citizen all along and simply down the business to earn his chance to get back into the lineup.

Gerard Gallant commented, “He plays well and makes some plays.” “Just keep moving forward. He gets the chance.”

Kravtsov signed a one-year deal last summer and will be a free agent with restricted arbitration rights in July. He has a total of 5 points (2G -3A) in 21 games over the year.

Brennan Osman is amazing at WJC

Jed Ortmeyer, a former guard and current Director of Player Development, paid close attention to all prospects at the recent December-January World Junior Championships.

Much of the focus was on Brennan Osman’s 2021 first-round selection as he captured back-to-back gold medals with Team Canada.

“He shows up in every game with big hitting, interferes with the forecheck, and is hard to play against and tackle the other team,” Ortmeyer said via the Rangers website. “You can also see that Ousmane is a much more complete player in this tournament than he was in the summer. I think that’s why his streak is so successful, because he’s been a driving force on that streak regardless of whether he gets points on the score sheet. He plays a game more. Detailed and tough we expect from him.”

Osman recorded two assists in the final as Canada defeated the Czech Republic in overtime, 3-2. He concluded the tournament with two goals and four assists in 7 matches.

The young star in the making will return to the OHL looking to capitalize on 35 points in a 26-game split between the Flint Firebirds and Peterborough Petes this season.

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