The New York Rangers were the last team out of the playoffs, but that won’t be much consolation to the team’s fans. Despite the addition of superstar Marian Gaborik, the Rangers struggled to score goals, and the only reason they were even in the playoff discussion was the play of superstar goalie Henrik Lundqvist. Lots of work to do for the Rangers this offseason, as they need to find some help for Gaborik if they want to get back to the playoffs next year.
Offense: C- Marian Gaborik is clearly one of the most talented scorers in the NHL, and finished 5th in the league with 42 goals. After Gaborik, however, the Rangers’ offense drops off dramatically. Vinny Prospal and Brandon Dubinsky were the only two other forwards with more than 40 points. Ryan Callahan demonstrated that he is developing into one of the top two way players in the league, but the Rangers desperately need help on offense. >
Defense: B+ The Rangers have some of the best young stars on the blueline, with Michael Del Zotto, marc Staal, Daniel Girardi and Matt Gilroy. Del Zotto was very impressive in his rookie season, scoring 9 goals and 37 points, 22 of them on the powerplay. Staal led all defensemen with a +11 rating. The biggest problem on the Rangers’ blueline is Wade Redden and his ridiculous contract. The aging veteran had just 14 points this year, but he’s making more money than any other player on the blueline.
Goaltending: A+ Henrik Lundqvist is one of the best goalies in the league, no question. With 35 wins and a 2.38 GAA, Lundqvist was the only real reason the Rangers even had a chance at making the playoffs. He has the ability to win games all on his own, but he can’t score too.
Special Teams: B The Rangers had one of the better penalty kills in the league, ranking behind only Buffalo and Boston in the Eastern Conference. They were one of only 6 teams to allow less than 50 powerplay goals, and Chris Drury and Ryan Callahan may be the best pair of penalty-killing forwards in the league. Their powerplay was just about on league avverage, helped by Gaborik’s 14 powerplay goals, and Del Zotto’s 18 powerplay assists.