This shouldn’t have come as a surprise to most, but Henrik Lundqvist defeated Dan Girardi yesterday to win the Best Ranger since the 2005 lockout tournament. This tournament was pitched to us by Matt Josephs of Blue Line Station (Twitter: 11Matt_Josephs8), and we would like to thank him for the hard work putting this together. We certainly had a lot of fun posting these and reviewing the results.
Lundqvist beat out #16 Olli Jokinen, #9 Martin Rucinsky, #4 Artem Anisimov, #3 Ryan McDonagh, #1 Ryan Callahan, and #2 Dan Girardi to win the tournament. While all the wins were dominating ones, Hank did have to go through the longest tenured defenseman (Girardi), the captain (Cally), the future/current stud defenseman (McDonagh), and a player with a cult-like following (Anisimov). It wasn’t an easy road.
You can click on the image above to get a full sized image of the bracket. Personally, I was surprised by Derek Stepan’s run to the Final Four, as well as Girardi’s win over Jaromir Jagr in the Regional Finals. The fact that Jed Ortmeyer and Sean Avery lost in the first round were also surprises. Did any results surprise you? Were there any Rangers you wished were on this list?