With less than a month to go before training camp, we want to start taking a look at the new faces around the Rangers heading into the 2009-2010 season.
First up, let's start with Christopher Higgins.
#0 / Left Wing / New York Rangers
Jun 02, 1983
How acquired: Traded to the Rangers along with Ryan McDonagh and Pavel Valentenko for Scott Gomez, Tom Pyatt, and Mike Busto.
NHL Draft: First round pick (14th overall) of the Montreal Canadiens in the 2002 draft.
First NHL game: 10/11/03
First NHL goal: 10/6/05 vs. New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden (Kevin Weekes)
News and Notes:
- Higgins is the first player from Yale University ever selected in the first round of the NHL Draft.
- Higgins scored the Canadiens' 1000th goal in Bell Centre history, on March 28 against the New York Islanders.
- Montreal traded up with Edmonton to select Higgins in the draft.
- Higgins grew up a Canadiens fan, and his favorite player was Patrick Roy.
- Grew up with Mike Komisarek, who recently signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs
Scouting Report: (Courtesy of Bob at Habs Eyes on the Prize)
In Higgins, you guys are getting a tireless worker, whose worse habit is trying to do too much in one shift. He has a tendency to wear himself down physically by hitting everything all the time, whether neccessary or not. He's a injury prone busybody, and his strength is puck cycling and putting shots on net. He's far from a sharpshooter, but he's solid when it comes to creating scoring chances. It's not uncommon to see him fire between five and eight shots on net on a good night, but come up empty handed. He's an honest player. You, the Ranger faithful, and Torts will all appreciate him. He's an extremely likeable kid.
Oh yeah, and Higgins traditionally kills the Islanders. He's from there, and it shows when he plays on Long Island in front of family. He couldn't have been traded to a better place for himself.