Rangers’ Vincent Trocheck receives high praise from All-Stars

TORONTO — Vincent Trocheck was one of the final four players selected to the NHL All-Star Game. That meant instead of being drafted by one of the league’s chosen captains, the Rangers center had to open randomly distributed cards to find his team.

The NHL clearly didn’t want a situation to arise where the last kid was chosen to be a kickball player. It’s happened in the past and it didn’t work out.

But the Rangers, NHL, and other All-Stars know that Trocheck doesn’t always earn this kind of honor from the league, but that diminishes the value he brings to any team. isn’t it.

Just ask All-Star captain Auston Matthews of the Maple Leafs. He played with Trocheck on the North American team in his 2016 Hockey World Cup.

“He’s a player you really want on your team,” Matthews said Thursday after the player draft concluded inside Scotiabank Arena. “Actually, I was saying [Morgan Rielly] When they were playing cards and everything else, I looked up at the team and there was only one natural center, and that was me. I told him I hope there aren’t too many whistles because there aren’t too many players to face here. He’s a really good player in that category.

Vincent Trocheck was one of the final four players selected for the NHL All-Star Game. Robert Szabo of the New York Post

“For that reason, it’s always a challenge to play against him. He’s very smart on the outside, just a strong player, and he always gives us tough matchups.”

Trocheck has played on the same team as several All-Stars in the past, and it’s hard not to laugh when the 30-year-old center’s name comes up.

It’s the same influence Trocheck has had on his teammates throughout his hockey career.

The 2016 team (commonly referred to as the Young Guns) featured several players who would go on to become some of the NHL’s biggest stars.

Seven of them were selected as 2024 All-Stars: Trocheck, Matthews, Riley, Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, Canucks forward JT Miller, Avalanche captain Nathan MacKinnon, and Oilers captain Connor Mack. David.

It’s primarily a group of players who are regulars at the annual All-Star Festival.

This will be Trocheck’s second appearance in the event, having participated in 2017 during his fifth NHL season with the Panthers.

With the exception of Artemi Panarin, who declined an All-Star invitation in anticipation of the birth of his second child, no Rangers player is more deserving of this year’s honor than Trocheck.

“I think it’s very well-deserved,” said McDavid, a seven-time All-Star. “A guy who does everything. He’s tough to play against. He’s good offensively. He helps the whole game. I know he did that for our U-23 team. It was a big part of it.”

“It’s tough to play against, but it’s always tough,” added MacKinnon, a five-time All-Star.

Auston Matthews
Auston Matthews spoke very highly of Vincent Trocheck. NHLI (via Getty Images)

Trocheck is typical of the type of player whose value doesn’t correlate with how much headline he gets.

These players don’t always get the recognition they deserve, and moments like the one Trocheck had with his 5-year-old son, Leo, who was sitting on his lap during Thursday’s podium interview. It’s not possible to do that either.

But the players know who they want on their team. Trocheck has certainly been that one for a long time.

“He’s having a great year,” Capitals forward Tom Wilson said. He played for the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League during the 2012-13 season during Trocheck’s junior year. “He has a lot of talent. Of course, now it’s a battle between him and a big rival, but I’m happy for him.”



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