New York Rangers: Sneaking a Peek Inside Training Camp

The New York Rangers have missed the playoffs for the past couple of years. New York is currently in a rebuilding phase, but they contend for a playoff spot again sooner rather than later. The Rangers have had a very good offseason.

They drafted Kaapo Kakko with the second overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. New York traded for defenseman Jacob Trouba from the Winnipeg Jets and they also signed free agent prize Artemi Panarin to a seven-year deal worth $81.5 million.

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David Quinn will be entering his second season as the team’s head coach after being the head coach at Boston University. He is trying to inject a speed and skill game into this team.

This team could surprise people this upcoming season but it remains to be seen because of how good the Metropolitan Division is.

Over the next few seasons, they could be a serious Stanley Cup Contending team again. The Rangers have not won it all since 1994.

The projected lines for New York this season will be Artemi Panarin-Mika ZibanejadPavel Buchnevich, Chris KreiderRyan Strome-Kaapo Kakko, Vladislav NamestnikovFilip Chytil-Vitali Kravtsov, and Lias AnderssonBrett HowdenJesper Fast.

The projected defensive pairings will be Brady Skjei and Jacob Trouba, Marc Staal and Adam Fox, and Linor Hajek and Anthony DeAngelo.

Henrik Lundqvist will be the starting goalie. Alexander Georgiev will be the backup.

It will be interesting to see how long Lundqvist’s job lasts for this season. He has been horrendous the past few seasons and it seems like the Rangers like playing for their backup better than him.

Igor Shestyorkin will be an interesting name to keep an eye during training camp. Shestyorkin was recently signed to a three-year entry-level deal and he is 23 years old.

Igor Shestyorkin was a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. He has played in the KHL in Russia with the St. Petersburg PKA. In 28 games played last season, his record was 24-4 with a .953 save percentage and 1.11 GAA, along with 10 shutouts.

Shestyorkin has all of the tools to be the number one starter sooner rather than later.

As for Henrik Lundqvist, he is 37 years old and his contract expires after next season. Lundqvist’s contract will have a cap hit of $8.5 million for both seasons. They will probably not trade him to another team. He is arguably the greatest goaltender in Rangers history.

Some other players that could step up in case of injury this season will be Bo Nieves, Brendan Lemieux, Matt Beleskey, Jake Elmer, Ryan Lindgren, Dawson Leedahl, Yegor Rykov, and Ty Ronning.

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This team has a lot of room to grow and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see some more growing pains this season. They really didn’t lose much in the offseason other than defenseman Neals Pionk being traded to the Winnipeg Jets.

If New York is out of it again by the trade deadline, I would expect them to be sellers again. Some of the players that they could potentially trade because of expiring contracts will be Chris Kreider, Matt Beleskey, Vladislav Namestnikov, and Jesper Fast.

They have not announced a training camp date yet. The New York Rangers will begin preseason play on Wednesday, September 18 at home against rivals the New Jersey Devils.

New York will begin the season at home against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday, October 3.

How do you see the 2019 New York Rangers season? Leave a comment below.

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