Rangers’ Jake Leschyshyn hopes for a different NHL impact than his father

Jake Leschyshyn was born when his father, Curtis, was within the eleventh season of his 16-year NHL profession.

Since he was so younger, Leschyshyn does not have too many vivid recollections of what life was like with an NHL participant for a father. He does recall days off across the rink, nevertheless, when his dad could be understanding and he would sit within the gymnasium watching motion pictures on a DVD participant. Even when his father retired in 2005, Leschyshyn was nonetheless across the NHL scene since Curtis stepped into a colour analyst position for the group he performed a majority of his profession with, the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche.

“We’re speaking just about every single day,” Leschyshyn instructed The Post of his father after follow on Sunday. “He’s a scout for the Avs now, so he is busy in his personal division with the sport. But he makes time to look at all my video games, which is very nice. He’s a man who’s by no means going to throw a ton of, ‘You want to do that and this.’ He’s simply all the time checking in and he treats me like a professional. He’s superior in that regard to only bounce concepts off of.”

Jake Leschyshyn adopted his father to the NHL.
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Curtis Leschyshyn, whom the Nordiques chosen third general within the 1988 draft earlier than he went on to play in 1,033 video games, was a defenseman. His son was drafted within the second spherical (No. 62 general) by the Golden Knights in 2017 as a heart out of the Western Hockey League. The hockey affect was clearly there, however not sufficient to steer Leschyshyn away from what he favored most concerning the sport.

“I feel simply from a younger age I used to be all the time a ahead,” he stated. “Maybe not the largest man, I do not know if that performed into it in any respect or something. Maybe after I was little I all the time loved scoring objectives, so hopefully I can get again to that.”

The Rangers hope so, too.

Leschyshyn skated in his fourth straight recreation for the Rangers on Monday night time in opposition to the Panthers for the reason that membership plucked the 23-year-old off the waiver wire from Vegas on Jan. 11. The transfer got here in wake of a couple of accidents to the ahead group, however the Rangers opted to maintain Leschyshyn regardless of the return of Chris Kreider and Julien Gauthier. The Rangers waived Jonny Brodzinski and subsequently assigned him again to AHL Hartford as a substitute, after the 29-year-old stuffed in for 5 video games.

This was the primary time Leschyshyn modified groups midseason on the NHL degree. The final time it occurred, he was traded from the Regina Pats to the Lethbridge Hurricanes within the WHL in the course of the 2018-19 season. It was a loopy week, Leschyshyn stated, however he looks like he is lastly began to settle in.

Curtis Leschyshyn
Curtis Leschyshyn was a defenseman within the NHL.
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Leschyshyn performed components of two seasons with the Golden Knights, accumulating two objectives and 4 assists in 63 video games. He was pointless via 22 video games this season although, which led to Vegas waiving him. Still, Leschyshyn does not count on his recreation to alter a lot regardless of a new backdrop.

Looking to play the position of a regular two-way centerman, Leschyshyn needs to be trusted defensively, be capable to kill penalties and win faceoffs. Those are the methods he feels he can solidify himself in New York, however he additionally needs to construct off of it, whether or not it is offensively or in different areas.

“I used to be simply thrilled,” Leschyshyn stated of his preliminary response when he discovered the Blueshirts had claimed him. “Any crew may have taken me, so coming right here was the best-case state of affairs. I’ve by no means been to New York or performed at MSG or something, however I’ve simply heard about how cool an expertise it’s. So to have the ability to name it my house proper now could be fairly thrilling.”


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