Report: Rangers Interested in Mats Zuccarello Aasen

March 27th, 2010 by Broadway Hockey Daily Leave a reply »
One of the brightest stars during the Olympic tournament in Vancouver last month was Norway’s Mats Zuccarello Aasen. At 5′7″ and 160 lbs., the diminutive winger was one of the Norwegian team’s biggest offensive weapons, using his speed and soft hands to deke his way around some of the best hockey players in the world.

Well, recent reports out of Sweden (where the Norwegian plays professionally for Modo of the Swedish Elite League) indicate that the 22 year old’s impressive performance in Vancouver has created a lot of interest around the National Hockey League. One report in particular names the Rangers as one of the teams in pursuit of Zuccarello Aasen, whose family tree also features a branch from Italy.

As attractive as his offensive skills may be, there are of course many doubts about Zuccarello Aasen’s size. While some of the NHL’s better offensive players, such as Patrick Kane, Steve Sullivan, and Mike Cammalleri, are also among the league’s smallest players, for every Martin St. Louis, there are dozens of highly skilled players that simply aren’t big enough or strong enough to compete.


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