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.
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.
The Rangers have come to terms with 23 year old defenseman, Alexei Bereglazov. Read more
No high draft picks? No problem for this Rangers organization as they continue to successfully court college stars. Vinni Lettieri has agreed to join the Rangers with terms to be released later today. Read more
Talbot accepts Steven McDonald award (Getty)
The Rangers face the league leading Blue Jackets tonight, but Blueshirt fans will do so with heavy hearts for Retired NYPD Detective, Steven McDonald. Read more
JT Miller (MSG)
The Blueshirts will be heading to Arizona and Colorado to end 2016. Antti Raanta has already been named the starter with Henrik Lundqvist out with the flu. There should be no lineup changes from last game as well. Read more
The Rangers come out of the Christmas break to face the tough to play against Ottawa Senators. Henrik Lundqvist did not skate this AM due to the flu, so Raanta may start. Also Brady Skjei should return for Adam Clendening. Read more
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
Sean Day draft day
New York Rangers selected with the 20th pick of the third round, Sean Day, a defenseman from the Mississauga Steelheads. Sean Day? Is that the Sean Day that was granted elite status by the OHL in 2013? Yes, THAT Sean Day. Read more
Nieves Looks to Impress
The Rangers spent the off-season stocking up on young talent, and on Tuesday another well-marinated prospect made his way into the lineup, as Boo Nieves made his NHL debut. Read more