- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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When John Tortorella sizes up Darroll Powe, it's the forward's versatility that stands out.
"I think he's going to be very serviceable for us here," Tortorella said Friday in a video posted on the Rangers website. "I'm hoping we can use him in different spots. You can tell he's killed penalties, he's blocked shots, he's willing to bang. He's played and I think he won a couple of faceoffs last night (against the Islanders). I think I want to use him in a couple of different spots and I think we will be able to do that."
On Monday, the Rangers dealt Mike Rupp to Minnesota for Powe, who's played 18:48 over the past two games. While he had a rather nondescript opening game, he had two shots on goal in the 4-1 win over the Islanders on Thursday, and also got called for a penalty. He's never been a big scorer, topping out at 17 points in 2010-11, but has made a living being an effective part of the penalty kill.
Tortorella said having Powe gave him more confidence to play all four of his lines in the win over the Islanders, adding that he told Rupp recently that he was concerned about the speed of the game with him in there. The Rangers next play Sunday at home against the Lightning.
"I think the temp of the game was there with (Powe)," Tortorella told the media about Thursday's win against the Islanders. "He's able to handle that type of tempo."
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