Category Archives: IN THE SYSTEM

Rangers Prospects at the Memorial Cup

The Memorial Cup is an annual tournament to decide the winner of the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). The tournament includes the winners of the Quebec Major Junior League (QMJHL), Ontario Hockey League (OHL), and the Western Hockey League (WHL). The host city is determined almost a year in advance and that team is guaranteed a spot in the tournament.

The 2017 Memorial Cup featured the:

  • Saint John Sea Dogs (QMJHL Champions)
  • Erie Otters (OHL Champions)
  • Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL Champions)
  • Windsor Spitfires (OHL Host Team)

So how do the New York Rangers fit into the Memorial Cup? It’s simple; two of the Blueshirts best prospects played in the tournament for the CHL’s biggest prize.

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Neal Pionk, the Rangers and The Expansion Draft

It’s no secret to any Rangers fan that this summer the Rangers seriously need to upgrade their defense. When you take a look around the league it’s not about having a big hulking defense anymore. It’s about having a mobile defense that can skate, join the rush, and make that crucial pass. Having a great shot doesn’t hurt either. The Rangers need to retool their defense this summer and one key move may have already been a step in the right direction: the signing of UMD defensemen Neal Pionk.
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The Rangers need to get more “right”

Hayes (13), Zuccarello (36) and Kreider (20) Photo Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Too Many Lefties

Do the Rangers have too many lefties? Simply put, yes. But the issue is somewhat deeper than just that. The Rangers currently have 3 right-handed forwards and 2 right-handed defensemen. That in itself is bad, but a closer look at their top prospects finds just one righty, Sergei Zborovsky, in their top 7 skaters. Read more

Character and Toughness, Tanner Glass call up may be coming

Eakin crushes Lundqvist (

BOOM! The scene is played over and over on every highlight show. Social media sites like Twitter are littered with gifs and video clips of Henrik Lundqvist getting demolished by  the Stars’ Cody Eakin. The lasting image of Lundqvist’s artistically painted helmet floating though the air while his body contorts and whips around until he lands on knees are forever captured. As is the image of not a single Rangers player making Eakin or one of his teammates pay for what he had done. Read more

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