Player Name:

Derek Dorsett

Player Position:

Fourth Line Right Wing

Player Profile:

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 192lbs

Shoots: Right

Age: 27

Contract Status:

One year remaining with 1.6mil cap hit

Post Season Stats:

Games Played: 23

Goals: 0

Assists: 1

PIM: 19

Hits: 56

Blocks: 3

TOI: 9:29 per game

Post Season Assessment:

Dorsett and Daniel Carcillo spent much of the post season being substituted for each other. Despite being somewhat shorter than most "tough guys" on the ice, Dorsett never backed down from a challenge and never let his teammates get pushed around on the ice. On the other side, Dorsett also did a lot of grinding for the team and worked hard with the puck. Though he didn't score any post season goals he had plenty of opportunities and even a few post deflections. Dorsett carried his regular season energy into the post season and never slowed down.

Regular Season Stats:

Games Played:  51

Goals: 4

Assists: 4

PIM: 128

Hits: 102

Blocks: 27

TOI: 11:02 per game

Regular Season Assessment:

To begin the season, Dorsett struggled as much as anyone else on the team. He took a lot of early penalties and got himself into a dangerous position. Most of the penalties were the result of a player trying to get some life into his teammates. The first line to get any kind of chemistry flowing was the fourth line of Dorsett, Dominic Moore, and Brian Boyle. As a member of this line, Dorsett used his strengths to help the team play a physical and grinding game. After suffering a broken leg, from blocking a shot, Dorsett had to work hard for his spot in the line-up due to the acquisition of Carcillo. Dorsett finished out the season well with no sign of lingering trouble after his leg healed.

Personal Reactions:

Dorsett made his presence known and worked hard from the moment he came to the New York Rangers from the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of the Marian Gaborik trade. This season Dorsett made his presence known every shift all season. He never gave up on a play nor did he back down from a challenge. Additionally, Dorsett played a smart game. When Ryan McDonagh was hit late in the game against the Vancouver Canucks, most fans screamed for retaliation. It was Dorsett that reminded his team about the instigator suspension for penalties taken in the last few minutes of the game. I really like Dorsett and ope he stays with the Rangers for a good while.