Best post-lockout Ranger: Round 3, Brandon Dubinsky (2) vs. Michael Nylander (3)

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As the offseason wears on, us and Matt Josephs of Blue Line Station (Twitter: 11Matt_Josephs8) will be running a tournament for the Best Ranger since the 2005 lockout. Today’s matchup is #2 Brandon Dubinsky against #3 Michael Nylander. The winner will face #4 Derek Stepan in the Alain Vigneault bracket. Stepan was the first to take out a #1 seed, eliminating Marc Staal yesterday.

Brandon Dubinsky (acquired – 2004 draft, 2nd round)

The Rangers actually traded down in the second round twice, and still nabbed Dubinsky with the 60th pick (details here). Dubi got his first cuppa in 2006-2007, playing six games, and made the club out right the following season. What followed was five straight seasons of aggressive, blue collar hockey that meshed well with the coaches and the fans. Dubi was a workhorse for the Rangers, consistently playing 20 minutes of hard nosed hockey.

Dubi played 393 games with the Rangers, putting up a line of 81-132-213 with a pair of 20-goal seasons. Dubi was eventually sent to Columbus in the Rick Nash deal.

Michael Nylander (acquired – 2004 unrestricted free agent)

When initially signed, Nylander was looked at with the same doubt as Marty Straka. How was Nylander supposed to help this Ranger team make the playoffs? Well, he answered that in a big way over his two seasons in New York, putting together 79 and 83 point seasons while clicking with Straka and Jaromir Jagr. The three of them (with Henrik Lundqvist) put the Rangers back on the map of relevance. Nylander’s two years with the Rangers saw him put together a line of 49-113-162 in 160 games.

The Rangers eventually let Nylander walk after the 2006-2007 season when Washington offered him a four-year deal. Nylander never clicked in Washington, and was out of the NHL just two years later. The Rangers decided to let him walk to sign both Scott Gomez and Chris Drury.

So who do you think is the better Ranger, Dubinsky or Nylander? Vote thumbs up for the higher seed (Dubinsky), or thumbs down for the lower seed (Nylander). Voting ends at midnight tonight.

5 Responses to “Best post-lockout Ranger: Round 3, Brandon Dubinsky (2) vs. Michael Nylander (3)”

  1. Spozo says:

    On one side we have a player drafted by the Rangers who was a model of inconsistency and mediocrity who held out of a training camp to sign a contract that he was simply not worth, only to be eventually traded. (Forgive me for runon sentences)

    On the other side we have a point-per-game player who helped bring a horrible franchise back in to respectability.

  2. Dave says:

    Eh. I don’t buy into the mediocrity. He had a bad year, but he was always a solid third line (borderline second line) guy.

    • Spozo says:

      I don’t buy that people are voting a solid third liner as a better Ranger than Nylander.

      I guess to each their own.

  3. Evan M says:

    the final round is going to be Hank against either Girardi/Stepan with the way these votes are going…

  4. Scully says:

    Sad I wasn’t at the computer all day because I would have voted for Nylander. Dave, I always was a big Dubi fan, but even in two seasons Nylander’s contributions are hard to ignore. I think his memory might just be fading a bit since he hasn’t played for the Rangers since 2007.