Unfortunately, it seemed virtually impossible to watch the Rangers open up the Traverse City Tournament against the Stars last night. For that reason, it's difficult to really opine or provide any commentary, while there's no use in making any definitive judgements from these games.
However, it is still nice to somewhat know what went on. The Rangers fell in their opening contest to the Stars, 4-3. After building up a 3-1 lead, the Rangers conceded twice in the third, including the game-tying goal with two minutes remaining, and then lost to Dallas in overtime.
Again, no reason to beat your head against a wall over the result. From what I gathered from what I saw from some beat writers on Twitter, Ryan Haggerty and Anthony Duclair both looked very good offensively, while Kevin Hayes seemed to be getting his feet wet (while he still managed to tally a very pretty assist). Hayes also played in all three phases of the game, and played center, while I expect the team to also give him a look on the wing. Mat Bodie seemed to have a strong game from the blue line, and Brandon Halverson, despite giving up four, seemed to have played steady in net.
Wanted to add this morsel on Hayes, from someone on the beat who does a very good job. Maybe "getting his feet wet" wasn't quite how it actually looked:
And then Kevin Hayes, playing his natural center position, really stood out for Rangers. As one scout noted: "dominant"— Katie Strang (@KatieStrangESPN) September 13, 2014
Here are three Rangers goals (in GIF form!) while a full highlight video of the action is at the bottom.