The New York Rangers announced today that left winger Pavel Buchnevich is sidelined indefinitely with a concussion. This adds to the Rangers already woeful injury list that includes Kevin Shattenkirk and Chris Kreider.
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Pavel Buchnevich Injured, Out Indefinitely with a Concussion
So far this season, the young Russian has been vital to the Rangers offence. He scored 13 goals, five of these when on the powerplay, with 19 assists making a total of 32 points. This is second for points on the team. He also has just eight minutes in penalties with possession numbers of 49 percent Corsi and a relative Corsi of +3.4.
Buchnevich has spent two years with the Rangers, who drafted him in 2013. In return, he has put up 21 goals and 31 assists for 52 career points in 91 career games.
Head coach Alain Vigneault characteristically, however, did not mention Buchnevich in his post-game report, he simply stated to Rangers TV “Everybody’s got to elevate their game. I believe there’s another level to get to with this group.”
What This Means for the Future
Since his NHL debut, Buchnevich has been continually underrated by the coaching staff. His loss will be great for his teammates. He is a young talented forward that has an offensive awareness to match his scoring skill. The Rangers morale is already at an all-time low, their play against Toronto is evidence of this. It’s becoming less and less likely that the Rangers have the motivation to step up for that playoff spot. The Rangers need to do some serious soul searching to prove they are still contenders and not just pretenders.
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