With Vaclav Prospal Out, Sean Avery Needs To Shine for Rangers

December 30th, 2009 by Frank Castaldi Leave a reply »
Unless you have been blind for the previous 10 games or so, you would have noticed that the best Ranger forward has been Sean Avery.

I'm not talking about production here. I'm talking about consistency.

Obviously, if you look at his numbers—no goals since Nov. 23 against Columbus when it seemed like half the team scored—you would beg to differ.

Avery has been noticeable every time he has been on the ice. This phrase has been thrown around more than wet gloves between equipment managers on the bench but, he's "skating that line" that he needs to play at to be Sean Avery .

Even though Christopher Higgins was announced as Prospal's replacement on the top line, I still think Avery is going to shine in his absence.

Of course, Higgins skating along side Gaborik and Dubinsky on Tuesday morning in no way, shape or form solidifies his remaining there—not with the way Tortorella shuffles lines.

Avery, coming off one of his best games of the season—a 3-2 SO loss against the Islanders—is bound to start burying the puck.

He has been getting quality shots on goal, but a crossbar he ...

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