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Best post-lockout Ranger tournament: Henrik Lundqvist is your champion

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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?

4 Responses to “Best post-lockout Ranger tournament: Henrik Lundqvist is your champion”

  1. Spozo says:

    Nylander should have beaten Dubinsky. Stepan vs Nylander is a tossup then but it doesn’t matter because either one should have lost to Jagr. It’s a travesty that Jagr didn’t make it to the finals.

    Otherwise I think the voting was correct.

  2. Al says:

    Would have liked to see #4 Avery versus #5 Prust. The rankings were done well. Only a few shockers.

  3. Sally says:

    The final should have been Lundquist and Jagr. Jagr is a symbol for the Rangers post lockout period and Lundquist is the now. Jagr holds the record for most goals scored in a season. That doesn’t seem to count for much!

  4. AdamGravesIsTheMan says:

    Seems like much of the voting was skewed to current players and very little credit given to past players who returned the Rangers to relevance (see Kreider v. Ortmeyer, Stepan vs. Dubi, Girardi vs. Jagr)