By Maximillian C. Burgos | Contributing Writer
Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk signed with the New York Rangers. He has signed a four-year, $26.6 million deal.
He received one of the biggest free agent signings to date.
The 28-year-old had a solid season this past season, where he had 13 goals and a career-high 56-points playing for both the Washington Capitals and the St. Louis Blues. He was traded from the Blues to the Capitals before the 2017 trade deadline.
Picture of Shattenkirk…
Shattenkirk was drafted in the first-round of the 2007 draft as the 14th pick by the Colorado Avalanche.
The Avalanche traded him to the Blues in the ’10-’11 season before the deadline. He spent the majority of his career with the Blues before being traded to the Capitals.
In his seven-year career, he has played in 490 games, scored 68 goals, 230 assists, and maintained a +/- of 17.
Shattenkirk has had some struggles staying healthy throughout the course of an entire season in the past. Almost every other year, he misses games for one reason or another. Throughout most of his career, he averaged about 20 minutes on the ice per game, showing his ability to carry his own weight on the ice.
Nonetheless, he is a solid pickup for the Rangers as he is still regarded as one of the league’s premier offensive defensemen, even if he has been questionable in past years defensively.
Shattenkirk has also shown his ability to capitalize on power-plays, scoring 35 of his 68 career goals during power-plays. He has averaged at least 25 power-play points for four straight years.
With Shattenkirk, the Rangers will be a little more dangerous than they were this past year. Let’s see how Shattenkirk can contribute.
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