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: