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New York Islanders Low In Eastern Conference Power Ranking

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders reacts in the third period during a 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center on January 16, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 16: Jaroslav Halak #41 of the New York Islanders reacts in the third period during a 4-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center on January 16, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 15: Jaroslav Halak

New York Rangers

It’s been a disappointing year for the New York Rangers. Many believed they’d reach the playoffs after making it to the second round in 2017.

After a slow and frustrating start, New York decided to become sellers and look to the future. They parted ways with big names like Rick Nash, J.T. Miller, and Ryan McDonagh in order to kickstart a much-needed rebuild.

In return they now have three first round picks, two second round picks and two third rounders in the 2018 draft. In 2019 they have a first and two-second rounders, one of which can turn into a first rounder if Tampa Bay wins a cup this year or next.

While the Rangers focus is on the future, their present-day team frankly isn’t very good. New York has just 66 points with a 30-30-6 record.

While they are ninth in the conference in scoring, they are fourth in the East in goals allowed with 209. The -20 differential is the six-worst margin.

Mats Zuccarello is the leading scorer with 44 points. J.T. Miller, Michael Grabner and Rick Nash who are second, fifth and seventh in scoring respectively are no longer on the roster.

Although still in playoff contention the look is towards the future with this team, and it would be extremely unlikely for them to get to the playoffs with this roster.

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