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3 Stars of the Week: European Prospects Edition

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The New York Rangers have not gotten off to the most auspicious start; they were 0-2 until they shutting out the Montreal Canadiens last night. Filip Chytil has clearly ordered the AV special, with Anthony DeAngelo not too far behind. However, there have been a few bright spots. The New York Rangers have a Power Play. Led by Kevin Shattenkirk and Mika Zibanejad, the Rangers have scored four PP goals in two games. Mika Zibanejad seems to be taking the next step, and his line with Kreider and Buchnevich is electric every time they are on the ice.

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3 Stars of the Week: European Rangers Prospects Edition

New York Rangers Hockey is back!  I say again, NEW YORK RANGERS HOCKEY IS BACK! Ok, ok, I know it is just pre-season but can anyone honestly say they weren’t pumped at seeing Neil Pionk spin his way to pre-season glory against the Islanders?  And oh by the way, Lias Andersson assisted on that goal and made his presence known throughout the night.    Read more

Rangers 3 Stars of the Week: European Prospect Edition

As the season goes on, we will be doing a series of posts highlighting the Rangers European Prospects. This will take the form of a 3 Stars of the Week. Each post will highlight the performances of three Rangers’ European Prospects, along with a number of honorable mentions. In order to be eligible, a player must play for a European Team. Prospects in the OHL, QMJHL, WHL, and NCAA will be covered in a separate series of posts.

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Why in the world would the Rangers be interested in 36 year old Danis Zaripov

We are weeks away from camp opening and the Rangers still have a few questions about their lineup going into the season.  What will the top two defensive pairings look like?  Who will win the 5th, 6th, and 7th defenseman slots?  Most notably the Rangers have a hole at the 3rd line Center position that looks like it will be a battle between Lias Andersson and Christoval “Boo” Nieves.  Another option that has been discussed is moving JT Miller back to Center.  Read more

Anthony Deangelo could be a real steal or a major bust

This off-season has been one in which we have seen the Rangers experience a significant amount of roster turnover.  Dan Giardi was bought out, Kevin Klein retired (and signed in Europe), and Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta were traded to the Arizona Coyotes. The Rangers were also able to sign the biggest free agent available, Kevin Shattenkirk, to replace Dan Giardi.  They signed Ondrej Pavelec to fill the hole left by Raanta, and drafted Lias Andersson with the 7th overall pick.  In addition, as has been the case the past few years, the Rangers dove deep into non-traditional markets.  Alexei Bereglazov was signed out of the KHL while Vince Pedrie, Neil Pionk, and Vinnie Lettieri were all signed out of the NCAA ranks.  However, the most intriguing addition this off-season is Anthony Deangelo, who was part of the return from the Coyotes for Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta. Read more

Who Is Vladimir Tkachyov?

It has been a long time since the Rangers had a great prospect pool.  Trades for Keith Yandle, Eric Staal, and Martin St. Louis brought the Rangers varying degrees of success, but it cost them a lot of prospects. Each trade forced the Rangers to give up talented prospects and multiple high draft picks including Alexi Saarela, Anthony Duclair, John Moore, two first round picks, three second round picks, and a third round pick.  These trades in the past few years, coupled with no Stanley Cup, can set a team back, but those are the consequences of “going for it” year after year. That being said, the Rangers have been able to counter those losses with non-traditional signings including Kevin Hayes and Jimmy Vesey.   Read more