Players To Watch
If there was one player fans of the New York Rangers were desperately excited to watch heading into the preseason, this is the guy. Standing at 6′ and weighing in at 220 lbs., Dylan McIlrath is a monster of a defenseman.
Originally a first-round pick back in 2010, McIlrath needs to eventually become a key cog on the blueline if this team is going to go where it wants to come the tough, physical Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Oscar Lindberg was the most impressive Rangers rookie in camp, and it wasn’t even close. The guy is a two-way monster who could step right onto one of the three penalty killing units.
He even showed flashes of an offensive game that could make the third line just as dangerous as the top two.
The theme running with the “players to watch” clearly revolves around youth. Chris Kreider is no exception.
The man has been with the Rangers since the 2011 playoffs. He’s now played three (almost) full regular seasons. And still, he’s only 24 years old.
He’s now coming off a season that saw him net 21 goals for 46 points and produce like the best Rangers scorer in the playoffs. His size, speed and raw anger is everything the Rangers need when it comes to the brutal second-season.