While many are still concerned about the Rangers scoring woes, it’s worth noting that the Rangers now have two of the top ten post-lockout scorers in the NHL. The list, compiled at Kukla’s Korner, has Rick Nash at #7 with 231 goals, and Marian Gaborik at #10 with 228 goals.
It’s worth noting that two Rangers top this list because it does address one of the Rangers biggest concerns over the past few seasons: primary scoring. Prior to Gaborik’s arrival, the Rangers didn’t have a bonafide goal scorer when Jaromir Jagr left town. Aside from one injury shortened season, Gaborik has put together two 40 goal seasons of at least 75 points.
Nash of course managed to top Gaborik by three goals despite not having a single top line player to skate with in Columbus. That shows the type of talent that Rick Nash is.
Assuming these two Rangers can continue with their current goal scoring pace, the Rangers primary scoring problem should alleviate itself. That’s about 70 goals between Nash and Gaborik on the low end, and could get upwards of 80 or 85 goals at the high end.
It’s safe to say that the Rangers likely won’t have scoring woes in the coming seasons with both Gaborik and Nash on board. Obviously the powerplay and secondary scoring are concerns, but with the depth the Rangers now have, it may not be a concern much longer.