Pyett's Clean Slate

“ Four years is a long time and I just didn't think the Red Wings were going to be able to develop me much further, so when I got the call from the Rangers I was really excited to sign with them and get a fresh start---wipe my slate clean and really improve here with this team. ”
- Logan Pyett
“ There's a little added pressure (during the NHL work stoppage) knowing we are playing under watchful eyes, but it's also extra motivation for guys like myself to get up for games. It's very important to make sure they are seeing good things from you. ”
- Logan Pyett
“ All of us defensemen here have our roles on (the Whale) and we're just trying to help each other even though I'm sure it's in the back of everyone's minds that they want to earn a call-up (to the NHL). When that moment does come, whoever does get the chance, the others will be happy for him. ”
- Logan Pyett

This past summer the Rangers signed one free agent named Pyatt---veteran NHL forward Taylor Pyatt, that is---and another named Pyett---that would be minor league defenseman Logan Pyett. While one of the signings drew considerably more attention than the other, Logan Pyett is looking to make a name for himself in the Rangers organization with a fast start to the 2012-13 season with the Connecticut Whale.

The 24 year-old defenseman spent the first four years of his career playing with Grand Rapids in the Red Wings organization after being selected by Detroit in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL Draft. He compiled a career-best 30 points (9-21-30) in 2009-10, his second year pro, but was never able to reach the NHL with the Red Wings, thus prompting his decision to sign as a free agent with the Rangers several months ago.

Pyett has notched six points (1-5-6) in his first seven games with the Whale, tops among a Connecticut defense corps that also features Matt Gilroy and Sean Collins---who have both played in the NHL---and Mike Vernace, a seven-year AHL veteran. Pyett scored his first goal of the season in a 6-3 victory over Providence last Saturday.'s Jim Cerny caught up with Pyett the other day for a Q&A session. 

See what Pyett had to say on a variety of topics, including why he chose to sign with the Rangers, and then share your thoughts on the skilled young defenseman below.