Switching locales from Los Angeles to New York can be a shock to many, but one thing has remained the same for Jarret Stoll: He’s got a world-class goalie in net.
“I went from Jonathan Quick to Henrik Lundqvist,” a smiling Stoll said during an upcoming episode of The AV Squad. “[Lundqvist] is a great goaltender, he takes up a lot of net in there. I appreciate when he gets scored on how mad he gets, which is great. It shows how much of a competitor that he is.”
Rangers fans might not want to remember this, but Stoll has scored on Lundqvist in the past. The 33-year-old forward scored against Lundqvist in Game 2 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final and helped the Kings win their second Stanley Cup. After his contract expired with LA during the offseason, Stoll made the decision to come to New York in the offseason and is happy with the choice.
“[The Rangers] are a great group of guys,” he said in the episode that airs Wednesday at 6 PM on MSG. “The players, the trainers, the coaches … it’s fresh in here. They like to work hard, they like to have fun with each other. It’s a great set up. You hear a lot about the organization and how it treats its players and it’s bang on.”
One of the biggest reasons why the Rangers brought Stoll into the fold was his penchant for winning faceoffs. The only Blueshirts center to win the majority of his faceoffs during the 2014-15 campaign was Dominic Moore (54.5 percent). Adding Stoll, who sports a career 55.1 faceoff winning percentage, gives head coach Alain Vigneault another trusted forward who could take big faceoffs in crunch time.
Now a fixture on the fourth line, Stoll is adjusting well to life on the opposite coast.
“[The experience] has been good,” he said. “The practices have been upbeat, a good tempo, a good pace. Guys work hard off the ice as well and it’s no secret why they’ve been so successful the last three-to-four years.”