Paul Carey New York Rangers
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The New York Rangers officially announced their roster for the start of the 2017-2018 season.

There were no surprises for the Rangers when the NHL released the official rosters for this season.

Paul Carey and Filip Chytil have officially made the Rangers roster and will be introduced as official members of the team Thursday night. Carey and Chytil impressed the coaching staff and beat out other strong candidates for the final two spots on the roster.

These lines come as no surprise as they remain the same lines head coach Alain Vigneault put out prior to the Rangers trip to Lake Placid. Chytil will start the season on the second line with Rick Nash and Mats Zuccarello, two skillful wingers that should make his transition to the NHL easier.

Speaking of Zucc…

Call Him ZuccArello

With the trade of Derek Stepan and the buyout of Dan Girardi, the Blueshirts’ had some tinkering to do with their leadership group. Giving Zuccarello an “A” is an absolute no-brainer for Alain Vigneault.

In fact, it’s something ESNY’s Frank Curto called for back in August.

Everyone in the locker room seems to love Zuccarello, who is always putting maximum effort on the ice. He may be the smallest player, but he is not shy of sticking up for his teammates when an opposing player is trying to start something.

Fast Healing

Jesper Fast skated in a regular practice jersey for the first time this training camp. Fast remains sidelined until the end of October as he’s still recovering from surgery in the offseason. Fast has been cleared for contact, but still, has to go through on and off ice testing before the Rangers consider bringing him back in the lineup.

Dominick is a graduate of Canisius College. He has covered the Rangers for the last seven seasons and the Yankees for the last four.