4. Squad Depth
One of the best things about this New York Rangers team is that it has a lot of depth. So much potential that no matter what line is on the ice, there is always a chance for a goal.
The Rangers have some amazing young talent in Kevin Hayes, Chris Kreider, Jesper Fast and J.T. Miller, and every one of these players are already solid forwards for the Rangers, having the ability to score goals whenever they have the chance.
But even though the Rangers recently lost St. Louis and Hagelin, the lines for next season may actually not be that different.
I think we may be seeing J.T. Miller replace St. Louis on the second line, which he did throughout parts of the season anyway due to St. Louis being out with an injury, which will most likely mean Jesper Fast will take his spot on the 3rd line.
But who replaces Fast on the 4th line? Me personally, I think this could be a huge opportunity for Oscar Lindberg to challenge for a spot on the bottom six roster for the Rangers, as he had a great season with the Hartford Wolf Pack last year, gathering up 28 goals and 28 assists in 75 games. He also played a big part in the Wolf Pack’s playoff run this year, where he achieved an additional 16 points in 15 games before the Pack were sent home in the Conference Finals.
I think if Lindberg gets his fair chance, he could without a doubt be a great addition to the Rangers squad.
So with these changes in mind, I think the Rangers could be heading into next season with a lineup that could look something like this.