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Where do you think the Rangers end up this year?

Best in NHL
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RUMOR MILL

Thursday - November 11th

According to Frank Seravalli on Faceoff, the Senators and Canadiens are two teams with interest in prospective forward Vitali Kravtsov. No specific deals on the horizon, but in terms of possible destinations, both could be in the mix.'

Montreal in particular has shown interest in players with questions around their character, including Tony DeAngelo after the Rangers suspended him last season.

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 INJURY REPORT
Sammy Blais 11/16
Blais will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ACL
 
  MORE INJURY NEWS...

Question Of The Day

August 19th, 2021

Earlier this year the Rangers won by a margin of nine goals as they beat the Flyers 9-0. How many times has the margin been bigger?

Answer...
SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2014
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Rich Brennan - 1972

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MACKENZIE SKAPSKI
(2014-2015)
  Born: Jun 15 - 1994  
  Position: Goaltender  
  Games Played: 2  
  Record: 2-0-  
  Shutouts: 1  
  GAA: 0.50  
  Sv%: 0.978  
 
 ► 2021 TRAINING CAMP
 CAMP ANALYSIS  
CAMP INFORMATION
Location
Greenburgh, NY
September 22nd


PRESEASON RESULTS
0 - 4
3 - 2
1 - 7
4 - 3
6 - 2
5 - 4

ROSTER
Invitees: 60
Remaining: 23
Maximum Roster: 23

CALENDAR
September
22  Training Camp
26  NHL Pre-Season Opener
October
9  Final Pre-Season Game
12  NHL Opener
13  Rangers Opener

PROJECTED ROSTER
FORWARDS
Morgan Barron
Sammy Blais
Jonny Brodzinski
Filip Chytil
Will Cuylle
Jake Elmer
Tanner Fritz
Julien Gauthier
Mason Geertsen
Tim Gettinger
Barclay Goodrow
Anthony Greco
Jayden Grubbe
Karl Henriksson
Dryden Hunt
Kaapo Kakko
Patrick Khodorenko
Ryder Korczak
Vitali Kravtsov
Chris Kreider
Alexis Lafreniere
Greg McKegg
Michael O'Leary
Brennan Othmann
Lauri Pajuniemi
Artemi Panarin
Ryan Reaves
Matthew Rempe
Justin Richards
Ty Ronning
Kevin Rooney
Austin Rueschhoff
James Sanchez
Ryan Strome
Evan Vierling
Alex Whelan
Mika Zibnajed
DEFENSE
Zach Berzolla
Anthony Bitetto
Adam Fox
Zach Giuttari
Libor Hajek
Zac Jones
Ryan Lindgren
Nils Lundkvist
K'Andre Miller
Patrik Nemeth
Tarno Reunanen
Matthew Robertson
Braden Schneider
Hunter Skinner
Jarred Tinordi
Jacob Trouba
GOALTENDERS
Talyn Boyko
Dylan Garand
Alexandar Georgiev
Adam Huska
Keith Kinkaid
Igor Shesterkin
Tyler Wall
NOT ATTENDING
Leevi Aaltonen
Jaroslav Chmelar
Eric Ciccolini
Adam Edstrom
Riley Hughes
Hank Kempf
Simon Kjellberg
Brody Lamb
Olof Lindbom
Hugo Ollas
Jacob Ragnarsson
Calle Sjalin
Oliver Tarnstrom
Kalle Vaisanen

LATEST CAMP NEWS
Rangers manage themselves into a corner with Vitali Kravtsov demotion and trade situation
The Athletic - October 12th
Rangers could trade Vitali Kravtsov with tensions rising over demotion
New York Post - October 12th
Retooled roster makes Rangers playoff threat even after strange decision
New York Post - October 12th
3 thoughts on Mika Zibanejad, developing youth and no Rangers' captain
Lohud - October 12th
Vitali Kravtsov, Rangers reach a crossroads after unexpected demotion
Lohud - October 12th
Rangers' Ryan Reaves will be ready for opener vs. Capitals
New York Newsday - October 12th
What does Mika Zibanejad's extension mean for the future of the NY Rangers' salary cap?
New York Post - October 11th
No captain for Rangers, but Gallant names six alternates
New York Newsday - October 11th
Rangers make surprise captain decision ahead of season opener
New York Post - October 11th
Rangers skip naming captain; finalize 23-man roster for opener
Lohud - October 11th
What's easing sting of Ryan Strome injury for Rangers
New York Post - October 10th
If the Rangers are going to be better, the kids will be the reason
The Athletic - October 9th
Next on Rangers' agenda as preseason ends: Name a team captain
New York Newsday - October 9th
Strome injured but Gallant says his center will be OK
New York Newsday - October 9th
Rangers coach: No need to worry about Ryan Strome's early exit vs. Islanders
New York Post - October 9th
Vitali Kravtsov makes impact in Rangers' preseason win over Islanders
New York Post - October 9th
Rangers still adapting to their new freedoms
New York Post - October 9th
Rangers season preview: Chris Drury puts finishing touches on team rebuild
New York Newsday - October 9th
New Ranger's status for opener among final roster questions
New York Post - October 8th
Rangers goalie eager to put tough season, trade speculation behind him
New York Post - October 8th
Rangers camp risers and fallers? Opening night line combos? Renewed interest in a Jack Eichel trade?
The Athletic - October 8th
Projecting the 2021-22 Rangers' roster and analyzing roles
Lohud - October 8th
Georgiev expects improved season, doesn't see himself as a backup
New York Newsday - October 8th
5 keys for the Rangers entering the 2021-22 season
New York Newsday - October 7th
Rangers appreciate seeing Kreider stick up for teammates
New York Newsday - October 7th
Sammy Blais is slowly but surely winning Rangers' fans over
Lohud - October 7th
Going in-depth on the new-look Rangers
New York Post - October 7th
Promising youngster sent to minors in Rangers' tight numbers game
New York Post - October 7th
Why Rangers star's fight is not a push to be named captain
New York Post - October 7th
Rangers' Ryan Reaves leaves preseason game with leg injury
Lohud - October 6th
Reaves injured in Rangers' preseason win over Devils
New York Newsday - October 6th
Rangers lineup: Players focused on learning Gerard Gallant's system
Lohud - October 6th
Chris Kreider, Rangers enforce the law on behalf of injured 'new enforcer' Ryan Reaves
The Athletic - October 6th
Rangers' lineup battle intensifies with winger's injury
New York Post - October 6th
Rangers coach not afraid to mix and match defensive pairs
New York Post - October 6th
Chris Kreider takes issue with Devil after teammate's injury
New York Post - October 6th

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 Projected Forwards - First Line
Chris Kreider Mika Zibanejad Alexis Lafreniere
It seems likely that Mika Zibanejad and Alexis Lafreniere will be on the top line, but there perhaps remains some question as to whether Chris Kreider retains his place or which of Kreider of Lafreniere switches to their off-wing.  Kreider probably has the inside track with the new coach, who may lean against making wholesale changes to begin with and look to see if he can rejuvenate Kreider's game.

Lafreniere started to get his legs under him as his rookie season went on, and seems the most prepared to be on the top line with Zibanejad, so it would seem like a good chance that this is your 1A line to start the year.  Alternatives might include switching Kreider down to the third line and bringing up a second young winger.  Kaapo Kakko in that case could slot into the right wing slot and Lafreniere would be on his natural left.

 Projected Forwards - Second Line
Artemi Panarin Ryan Strome Kaapo Kakko
The pairing of Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome looks set to continue for a third season, despite all attempts by the Rangers to replace Strome.  The real question is who will be the third part of the line.  Kaapo Kakko saw some duty last year, and while his defensive game in particular improved a lot last season, it reamins to be seen whether he can gel offensively with his older and more experienced linemates.  Alternatively Gallant might go with Vitali Kravtsov on the right, a player who has limited NHL experience at this stage of his career, but showed some positive signs, particularly when he was first inserted into the line-up.

 Projected Forwards - Third Line
Barclay Goodrow Filip Chytil Vitali Kravtsov
The third line is perhaps the hardest one to construct at this point of the season, with the Rangers caught in a transition between the offensive mindset of the previous regime and the new harder edged version that Crhis Drury is looking to transition to.  Barclay Goodrow was signed to six years and a significant increase over his previous contract and looks set to be on the third line, either as a wing or center. 

Filip Chytil too is coming off a newly signed contract, and at this point is the only center signed beyond this season.  To say the style of play between Goodrow and Chytil on paper don't seem to match would be an understatement.
It might make sense to shift Chris Kreider down to this line and perhaps even Kaapo Kakko, and have Goodrow in the middle, though at this stage it seems possible that the Rangers will start with Vitali Kravtsov on the right.

Another choice might be to move Goodrow down to the fourth line and perhaps insert Morgan Barron onto the third, though seems a less likely path, and wouldn't look great for Chris Drury's premier signing for the off-season.

 Projected Forwards - Fourth Line
Sammy Blais Kevin Rooney Ryan Reaves
This year's fourth line looks set to be your classic banging line with the addition of Sammy Blais and Ryan Reaves. Kevin Rooney looks the best bet to win the fourth line center role, though that could easily change if Blais gets another one of his frequent injuries or it's decided to rest Reaves.

Ryan Reaves looks a certainty given Gallant's penchant to go with guys he's trusted in the past, and even while he's 34 and is in the twilight of his career, the coach is likely to stick with him until it's abundantly clear there's not a regular role for him.

That means Morgan Barron and Dryden Hunt will likely have to significantly outplay Sammy Blais in camp in order to win a spot on the roster, with Rooney likely well ahead of both given his ability to play on the PK too.


 Projected Forwards: Reserves
Dryden Hunt Greg McKegg
How many reserve forwards the Rangers keep up remains to be seen, but given their current Cap situation, they have the room to go with a full 23 man roster.  Dryden Hunt looks to be a good shot to be held in reserve here as a depth winger, as does Greg McKegg, who rejoins the team after a one year stint with Boston.  In the case of Hunt, there's an outside chance he beats out Blais for the final fourth line spot, whereas McKegg would likely need an injury to push his case for the starting line-up.

OTHER NOTBALE FORWARDS

Morgan Barron - Originally thought to be a lock, now looks like he'll start the year in Hartford
Will Cuylle - Worth keeping an eye on, could be a call-up during the year with a good season
Julien Gauthier - Hard to see where Gauthier fits now, and he could be lost on waivers or via trade
Karl Henriksson - If he does indeed make it to camp, will return to Sweden this year
Brennan Othmann (1st camp) - 1st round pick, could get a little longer look in camp
Lauri Pajuniemi (1st camp) - Another prospect forward that will be worth getting a look at
Justin Richards - Had his NHL debut last seasson, but is projected to be in Hartford

Veterans expected to play in Hartford:
Jonny Brodzinski
Tim Gettinger
Anthony Greco

First Camp:
Jayden Grubbe - 2021 Draft Pick
Patrick Khodorenko - UFA signing
Ryder Korczak - 2021 Draft Pick
Matthew Rempe - 2020 Draft Pick
Austin Rueschhoff - UFA signing
Evan Vierling - 2020 Draft Pick

 Projected Defense - 1st Pair
Ryan Lindgren Adam Fox
Not much uncertainty about the top pair this time round, with Norris trophy winner Adam Fox back with Ryan Lindgren for their third season. It's hard to see there being any change here.

 Projected Defense - 2nd Pair
K'Andre Miller Jacob Trouba
Like the first pair, the second pair of defensemen seems to be pretty well determined after a strong rookie season by K'Andre Miller who impressed out of development camp and then forced his way into the starting line-up. Voted to the league's rookie all-star team, Miller looks set for a long future on the blueline.   The only real question here is whether the Rangers will make Jacob Trouba their official captain.

 Projected Defense - 3rd Pair
Patrik Nemeth Nils Lundkvist
Off-season signing Patrik Nemeth becomes the projected third pair left defensemen, at least in the short term.  With Zac Jones and Matthew Robertson potentially pushing claims for a starting role, he'll need to play well enough to keep them out of the line-up.  There is some question as to who he'll pair with though, with most thinking that the promising Nils Lundkvist will be the one to take that step.  Signing his first NHL contract back in May, there's plenty to look forward to with the young Swede, particularly on the offensive side of the ice.

If Lundkvist looks like he needs some time to adjust, then Zac Jones would seemingly be first in line to take the spot.  The natural left sided defender is comfortable on either side, and played well enough last year to suggest he'll be able to play in the NHL on a regular basis.  Another name to consider is 2020 first round pick, Braden Schneider.   Since the Rangers moved up a couple of spots to draft him, he's continued his progression as the type of defender most organizations are constantly in search of. 

Lundkvist having an extra year on Schneider might give him a little more leeway, but either way the future looks good on the Rangers blueline.

 Projected Defense - Reserves
Jared Tinordi
Veteran defender Jarred Tinordi looks the odds-on favorite to take the reserve defenseman's spot, a position he's well accustomed to at this stage of his career.  If the Rangers elect to keep two defenders, then Libor Hajek might get a look in as well, but it seems most likely that they'll either trade Hajek or have him start in Hartford.

OTHER NOTBALE DEFENSEMEN

Mason Geertsen - Free agent signing last year, may end up being moved to forward
Libor Hajek - Played a good part of last season thanks to injuries, but looks set to be back in Hartford
Zac Jones - Finished the year as a regular, but projects to start in Hartford unless he can beat out Lundkvist
Tarmo Reunanen - Had his NHL debut last season, but will be pushed further down the depth chart
Matthew Robertson - A solid prospect for the Rangers, could be a future left side defender who can play both ends
Braden Schneider - If Lundkvist wasn't in camp, he might be battling Jones for that last defensive spot
Hunter Skinner - Joined the Wolf Pack last season and could be a potential depth defender on a shallower team

Veterans expected to play in Hartford:
Anthony Bitetto

 Projected Goaltending
Igor Shesterkin Alexandar Georgiev
A record-setting contract for Igor Shesterkin has made him the undisputed starter of this team, although he'd pretty much sewn that up after Alexandar Georgiev struggled last year.  As it stands now Shesterkin will likely get 70-80% of the starts, with Georgiev relegated to the role of backup.  There's a chance that a poor camp (or a trade) could push Keith Kinkaid into contention, but at least going in, it's Georgiev's position to lose.

OTHER NOTBALE GOALIES

Dylan Garand - Probably the best prospective netminder in the Rangers system, got a taste of the AHL last year
Adam Huska - Had a pretty good season in Hartford last season, but is fourth on the depth chart right now
Tyler Wall - Struggled in his first pro year, will be looking for improvement in 2021-22 and may end up being in Jacksonville

Veterans expected to play in Hartford:
Keith Kinkaid

First Camp:
Talyn Boyko - 2021 Draft Pick