Ryan McDonagh, Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller — where do they fit in as the toughest players on the 2016-17 New York Rangers.

Toughness. How does one describe it? How does one display it? How does one acquire it?

Nobody really knows, to be honest.

It’s an attribute that’s unlike any other. Speed can be seen. When a skater like Carl Hagelin blazes from one blueline to the other, the trait hits us at home in full force. The same can be said for agility or mobility.

Toughness is one that can also be witnessed in person, but it dives much deeper. While we can witness a hockey fight or a scrum, we truly don’t know when somebody’s playing through an injury. Oftentimes, especially in hockey, that part of toughness is hard to fully comprehend. These guys simply don’t bitch about injuries. They don’t even reveal the actual injury until the playoffs are over. And even then, it’s the club that announces it, not the individual.


When speaking about the 2016-17 New York Rangers, toughness is, again, hard to identify.

Obviously, there are tough players on the roster. While there might not be a classic goon on the fourth line, many of these talent-dripping skaters showcase grit.

The question is, who are the toughest skaters on the roster?

Here are the five toughest Rangers:

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