While fans knew the New York Rangers were going to have a different look this season, it was hard to predict which new talents would have the biggest impact. Now eight games in, we have a better look at who’s excelling. 

When the New York Rangers were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs last season, it signaled the end of an era.

Since the 2011-2012 campaign, the organization had been one of the elite teams in the NHL. But reaching the Eastern Conference Semi-Final in four straight seasons, the Eastern Conference Final three times and the Stanley Cup once took its toll on a club that kept a majority of their core intact.

The Rangers got everything they could out of that crop of talent. Heading into this season, an overhaul was in order.

Sure, there are still familiar faces wearing New York’s Original Six sweater. But when looking up and down the lineup card, there are new names all over the place. Each offensive line has a new infusion of talent. The defense, too, has new members to aid in the blueline’s efforts.

When bringing in a number of new players into the fold, chemistry is always going to be an issue. Fortunately, the Rangers have been working as a unit, and their on-ice play proves that this team is going to be a forced to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference.

Each new face has made an impact. But where do they rank? Let’s take a look:

Besides writing for Elite Sports New York as Managing Editor, Dan Federico a Featured Writer for Bleacher Report and an Editor and Contributor for The Sportster. Based just outside of New York City, Dan is an avid fan of all things New York sports and professional wrestling. Dan Federico is a senior writer for Elite Sports NY. You can interact with him on Twitter or contact him via email.


  1. How stupid am I to constantly click on the “slide show” BS blogs. The Title lures you into the site then after reading 20 lines, the old slide show scam starts. The site lets you read a teaser then, What should’ve been a twenty person list, Turns into having to load 20 different pages of ads, slow-loading BS> I actually asked one of the “slideshow BS Group sites” , why? He told me that people love the slide show approach. Really? People want to get bombarded with ads for 20 pages rather than just read a freakin article with the twenty players one one page load? If those people truly exist that prefer the slideshow scam I’d like to hear one decent reason why. Or I could just figure that the host of the slideshow scam site I asked about, was lying his ass off. I’ll choose the lying their ass off angle

  2. Of course, Holden, who you panned, has the best +/- rating on the whole team at +8, so he must be doing SOMETHING right. The numbers don’t lie. I played defense, through club level in college, and the problem is that everyone remembers the stupid mistake that costs your team a goal (and EVERY defenseman makes them), but forgets about the 10 solid plays you make. Also, it’s a lot harder for a new defenseman to learn a team’s systems (mostly true for centers, too), than for the new wingers, and the defense have a lot of decisions to make quickly. Holden played great tonight against Tampa Bay, and I think he will continue to settle in to the Rangers’ systems. He has 3 points in 9 games and never plays on the PP; I’d say that’s not bad for a “defensive” defenseman.