The New York Rangers are preparing for the journey to capture that elusive Stanley Cup. Here are the top 2015 training camp battles.

By Ernie DeFalco

Training camp opened up on Thursday for the New York Rangers and the best competitions will be for a kid or veteran to grab a spot among the bottom six forwards. While some youngsters will have a chance to impress, this team is pretty set going into camp.

When you have a team that has made long runs in the playoffs over the last few seasons, you tend to not need major overhauls at the start of the regular season.

A lot of question marks surrounding the Rangers this offseason revolved around how healthy will the Rangers be come the start of training camp.

All reports are positive so far, especially hearing team spark-plug Mats Zuccarello will be fully recovered and ready to go from day one of camp. The Rangers haters can pretend all they want that a team shouldn’t be affected by a guy like Zuccarello, but many of his teammates felt his injury was a key reason this team did not make another Stanley Cup Final.

The main hole was created when Carl Hagelin was traded away. The other vacancy could be at enter where the Rangers are always thin.

Kevin Hayes was the third line center much of last season, but will probably be moved back to his natural position on the wing.

Lets take a look at some of the training camp battles and how they will pan out.  The Rangers have one mindset this season and that is Stanley Cup or bust, that all starts today.

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