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New York Rangers: 2015-16 Season Projection

2014-2015 Overall Record: 53-22-7 (113 Points) 1st in the NHL (Presidents’ Trophy)

***Lost Against the Tampa Bay Lightning in GM 7 of the Eastern Conference Final***


New York Rangers: 2014-2015 Team Leaders

Notable Offseason Losses:

F Martin St. Louis (Retirement)

G Cam Talbot (New Team: Edmonton Oilers)

F Carl Hagelin (New Team: Anaheim Ducks)

F Ryan Haggerty (New Team: Chicago Blackhawks)

D Matt Hunwick (New Team: Toronto Maple Leafs)

F Chris Mueller (New Team: Anaheim Ducks)

Notable Offseason Acquisitions:

F Jarret Stoll (Former Team: Los Angeles Kings)

F Emerson Etem (Former Team: Anaheim Ducks)

G Antti Raanta (Former Team: Chicago Blackhawks)

G Magnus Hellberg (Former Team: Nashville Predators)

D Raphael Diaz (Former Team: Calgary Flames)

F Jayson Megna (Former Team: Pittsburg Penguins)

F Matt Lindblad (Former Team: Boston Bruins)

F Viktor Stalberg (Former Team: Nashville Predators)

F Brian Gibbons (Former Team: Columbus Blue Jackets)

F Luke Adam (Former Team: Columbus Blue Jackets)

Main Team Stats Breakdown:

GFA (Goals For Average): 2.99 (NHL Ranking: 3rd)

GAA (Goals Against Average): 2.25 (NHL Ranking: 3rd)

SV% (Save Percentage): .923 (NHL Ranking: 3rd)

The New York Rangers had another impressive season last year. Experts continue to place them as one of the few teams with the best chance to win the Stanley Cup. Since the 2010-11 season, the Rangers have had some of the best runs deep into the Playoffs, only to fall short each year in frustrating fashion. Fans continue to have high hopes as each season begins, but the Rangers will have to do more collectively if they want to take it to that final gear needed to put it all together. New York’s general managers Jeff Gorton is going to have to continue working behind the scenes as players get older, in order to keep them at the complete level they’re currently at. Looking at their offseason acquisitions, Gorton has definitely been busy as doing just that.

Stats for this team continue to be among the best. The Rangers are not the fastest paced team in the league, but they’re definitely above average. Finesse is definitely utilized more so than the grind it out style that many of the top NHL teams utilize, especially during the Playoffs. This could also be attributed to one of the keys that will need to both emphasized and utilized, in order for them to take it to that next level needed to secure them that Championship they’re so close to attaining.jarret_stoll_kings_road_white

The Rangers are for the better part, very much intact. Jarret Stoll doesn’t fully replace the aged Martin St. Louis, but he should prove to be useful for the organization in more ways than one. The same goes for goaltending. As Cam Talbot moves on, Antti Raanta transitions to New York, taking over that roll as backup. Raanta’s solid play should keep the Rangers confident, especially if something should happen to Lundqvist, like it did last season.

There are two questions that the Rangers will have to answer on the ice next season. Can Rick Nash play the way he did last season, reigniting his career in a huge way, with the 42 goals he notched? The other question is quite obvious and again sticks in the heads of every Ranger on the roster. How far can the team take themselves into the Playoffs next season, and can they finally win it all?

2015-2016 Season Projection: 2nd in the Metropolitan Division

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