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Rangers In The Hunt For Hobey Baker Finalist Mike Vecchione

Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that the Rangers are among a small group of teams in the running for Union College’s Hobey Baker finalist Mike Vecchione.

Vecchione piled up 63 points (29g, 34a) in just 38 games this season, which helped lead to his Hobey Baker finalist nomination. The Massachusetts product is a two-time captain and the all-time leading scorer in Union history finishing his career with 71g, 105a in 149 games.

The Wild, Flyers, Bruins, Lightning and Red Wings are also reportedly pursuing the 5′ 10″, 185 lb forward.

According to Brooks, the 24-year old Vecchione has enough negotiating leverage that he should be able to sign with the Rangers for this season and thus burn the first year off his two-year entry-level contract. However, he wouldn’t be eligible to participate in the playoffs.

Knowing nothing of Vecchione, I’ll just assume since he’s from Massachusetts that his favorite beer is Sam Adams, he loves the SAWKS and he watches Good Will Hunting on loop.

Here’s some video of Vecchione tearing it up…

And here’s a recent interview…

Since the Rangers summoned Stepan, McD and Skjei to close Minnesota product Vinni Lettieri, I wonder if they did the same with Kreider, Hayes and Vesey for Vecchione.

Since what Gorton wants, Gorton usually gets when it comes to NCAA players, I’m going to assume it’s not a matter of if, but when Vecchione signs with the Rangers.

One thing I do caution with all the Rangers recent NCAA signings is not to expect them to be in the mold of Hayes and Vesey who were high round draft picks. These guys haven’t been drafted for a reason. If you remember, other highly regarded college free agent signings such as Ryan Haggerty, Mat Bodie and Jeff Malcolm haven’t exactly panned out in recent years.

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12 thoughts on “Rangers In The Hunt For Hobey Baker Finalist Mike Vecchione

  1. Just out of curiosity guys/gals(?), what happened to the rest of the crew. Annoying Joe, SayMYName, DPSnotty, etc. etc(or is it etal)? This blog seemed like an echo chamber for awhile. Would love to see(some posts post) from “That ole gang of mine”. Just a “One thought”_____Hope I am wrong but I don’t think Rangers are ready for SCPOS. Fiddling with D pairings this late in season??????? Once the “Real hitting” starts, how are they going to respond. AV’s “Possum Hockey” is not going to work in POS. I will still watch and root with ALL MY HEART, but will have bucket next to me(I can either kick it or use it to______________well you! As the Moody Blues said___________”It’s Lovely to see you again my friends”. AS ALWAYS AND FOREVER LET’S GO RANGERS!

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  2. Interesting, though being 5’10” and about 20 lbs under league average means he’ll need something special to succeed in this league, and he’s already 24 but those are good numbers. With the WP being so poor and no real prospects or high draft picks I guess Gorton’s got to try something but if we have a poor showing in the playoffs he might consider going into rebuild mode.

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      1. Balance of speed, skill and toughness win championships. Teams like the Hawks prove you don’t have to be the toughest lot out there to win but having said that I agree that this team is getting outmuscled a lot out there and losing more battles than otherwise so unless it’s a matter of laziness and we see a higher compete level in the real season I would agree as long as we don’t getctougjer at the expense of our speed game

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    1. I think there’s enough good young talent on the roster and in the organization that even with a playoff flop this team is setup for future success.

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      1. I like your optimism Kevin and I agree that we have enough young players who will get better the next couple years to not hit the panic button quite yet if we get outplayed in the playoffs but I’m not seeing much down the prospect pool either which isn’t surprising with the making the playoff the last 7 years and the draft pick trades. What I’m hoping is that we haven’t seen what this team can do in a long time given the comfortable playoff picture and that they surprise us. LGR

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