New York Rangers | Rank: 8th
2017-18 Record: 34-39-9 (8th)
by: Andrew Tessler
The New York Rangers go into the 2018-2019 season with a new coach, the same goalie for over a decade, and some extremely low hopes. The team is in full rebuild mode, and it’s been a long time since we have said that the Rangers will not be competing this year and able to go on a deep playoff run.
If you look back at last season, the Rangers had the second-worst record in the entire league from February 1, to the end of the season, only behind the Blackhawks. They don’t have the offensive firepower, and certainly do not have the defense built to win a Stanley Cup.
Their best offensive players are Mika Zibanejed and Mats Zuccarello, and the anchor of their defense is Kevin Shattenkirk. Those are not names that are going to carry you to the playoffs folks.
Yes, they still have Henrik, but he’s on the back end of his career and does not have it in him to play 60-70 games for a deep run. They are going to be showcasing young prospects Filip Chytil and Lias Andersson before they are really ready to be contenders again.
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Let’s not forget something really important that us Islander fans know all too well, a new coach to the NHL. The Rangers hired David Quinn from Boston University, and they made it clear they were looking for someone with fresh ideas and a fresh approach. They are open about being in a rebuild and think Quinn will be the man for the job. It’s going to be a long year for the Rangers, and truly sad to see Henrik’s career end this way.