Metropolitan Division Preview: New York Rangers

Coach: Alain Vigneault

2016-17′ Record and Standing: (48-28-6, 102 PTS) 4th in Metropolitan.

Key Additions

– David Desharnais

– Kevin Shattenkirk

– Ondrej Pavelec

– Mika Zibanejad

– Jesper Fast (resigned)

Key Subtractions

– Tanner Glass

– Brandon Pirri

– Oscar Lindberg (expansion draft)

Preview

Outside of losing Lindberg Vegas, when Glass and Pirri are your biggest subtractions of the offseason, your team must be doing something right. The New York Rangers have done exactly that. This is the firs time in a few years that the Rangers look like they’ve loaded up to try and get franchise goaltender Henrik Lundqvist his first career Stanley Cup as he nears the end of his career. Bringing in guys like Desharnais and Zibanejad won’t make or break their season. Though, they are very nice additions to see for the Rangers’ fans considering they haven’t often been very active in signing free agents over the years. Their prized land, Shattenkirk, was very below average for the Capitals after they beat out the Penguins and a few other teams at the trade deadline to acquire him. It is reasonable to think he can be better in the Rangers system and with a new boatload of money in his pocket, it could be big for them.

Predictions

This is the first time in two seasons that I am worried about a team other than Washington. The Rangers have loaded up and have a few young pieces like Fast, Kevin HayesChris Krieder and Jimmy Vesey that are going to help pace this scary Rangers offense. They will finally get to see some of Anthony Deangelo, a young prospect they acquired. They’ve already got Ryan McDonaghBrady Skjei, and Shattenkirk. With Lundqvist in goal, this could be a scary good season for the Rangers.

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