It’s not all adverse for the Rangers. This yr could have ended with out the playoffs, however there have been a ton of positives to remove from this season. From sophomore surges to key rookies, the longer term is vibrant for this crew. Let’s look into what went proper for the Rangers this season.
The place else to start however with Adam Fox? He will likely be a Norris finalist, and has an out of doors shot of profitable it. He ought to win it, however for some motive the voters appear to assume it’s Hedman’s flip. There’s no such factor as “turns.” Whoever was one of the best will get it. Fox was higher.
Fox is the defenseman many thought Tony DeAngelo was. He does all of it, and has emerged as considered one of, if not one of the best defensemen within the sport at the moment. He did all this whereas principally carrying the Rangers blue line to respectability via accidents and drama. Fox is a cornerstone of the franchise and one of the best defenseman since Brian Leetch.
The youngsters, they’re alright
Ryan Lindgren emerged as a respectable prime pairing defenseman. Ok’Andre Miller, in his rookie season, confirmed top-four skill and top-pair potential. Alexis Lafreniere, as soon as let unfastened, confirmed why he was the highest choose. Kaapo Kakko has turn into one of many prime defensive forwards within the league. Filip Chytil has proven extra than simply flashes, and is among the leaders within the league in P/60.
None of this consists of the cameos by Vitali Kravtsov, who confirmed he belonged, and Zac Jones, who’s expert however nonetheless uncooked.
And the way about Igor Shesterkin? Child is probably going going to win a Vezina sooner or later in his profession.
Yea, the children, they’re alright certainly.
The highest-six is unbelievable
Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad, and Ryan Strome all continued their nice manufacturing, which was one of many issues that went proper for the Rangers. Pavel Buchnevich had a profession yr. Chris Kreider continues to be top-of-the-line net-front presences within the sport. The Rangers have super talent up entrance, a number of the greatest within the league.
It does seem unlikely that each one 5 of those guys will likely be again, because the Rangers will look so as to add a bit extra sandpaper into their top-nine. It appears like Strome –who was commerce bait final season– and Buchnevich –a possible cap casualty– could also be these guys they dangle, however nobody is for certain.
The Rangers don’t *want* to commerce anybody or shed any wage. It’s simply studying the tea leaves concerning how the offseason has performed out to this point.
Subsequent yr’s plan
Provided that two main items of what went proper for the Rangers are youth associated, it’s important the Rangers don’t blow it up. Chris Drury received’t, in order that’s not that huge of a priority.
As for that top-six, sooner or later the Rangers do have to make room for Lafreniere, Kakko, and Kravtsov. The place, precisely, remains to be unknown.
The Rangers are in a great spot. It’s straightforward to seek out the negatives with this season. But it surely’s simply as straightforward to seek out the positives. Keep on with positivity. There’s going to be enjoyable Rangers hockey subsequent season.