The rebuild continued for the Rangers this season. They traded off Kevin Hayes for future prospects and eventually missed the playoffs, finishing 7th in the Metropolitan Division and 26th overall, putting themselves in the mix for a lottery pick.
Additions: Artemi Panarin, Jacob Trouba, Kappo Kakko, Adam Fox
Subtractions: Kevin Shattenkirk, Jimmy Vesey
The Rangers ran into some luck winning the second overall pick in the draft which they turned into Kappo Kakko who looks like a stud. Then, they managed to sign the biggest free agent out there in Artemi Panarin. They still lack some depth but the building blocks are there for the future now.
Buying out Kevin Shattenkirk solved one of their issues on defense but even with the addition of Jacob Trouba they’re still pretty thin on the back end. Adam Fox is a good young prospect and Brady Skjei is establishing himself as a solid player but they still have a long way to go.
Henrik Lundqvist is starting to get up there in age but he’s proven he still has enough to be a solid goalie. They also have Alexander Georgiev who played well in his second NHL season and should play a larger role this season to give Lundqvist some more rest.
The Point Prediction:
The moves made by the Rangers this summer are going to pay dividends. They won’t make it back to the playoffs but they won’t be far out, finishing 6th in the Metropolitan Division and 18th overall.
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