Can Derick Brassard be a top line center?Photo: Michael Ivins, USA TODAY Sports

Are the Rangers stable of centers among the league’s best?

What was meant to be an organisational weakness has become a strength for the New York Rangers. Understandably, there is instant angst when Derek Stepan misses any game time because of injury and his absence certainly creates a hole in the line-up but the Rangers have to be delighted with the way the center position has developed this season. A…

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NYR bottom six forwards mid-season report card

Continuing on with the mid-season report card, this is my take on the Rangers bottom six forwards. Dave covered the goaltending and coaches and Chris wrote about the top-six forwards previously, so be sure to check them out. (ALL STATS ARE 5v5 UNLESS NOTED OTHERWISE) CARL HAGELIN GP: 43 TOI/Gm: 12.7 CF/60: 51.3 (8 fwd) CA/60: 49.2 (2 fwd) RelCF%: 2.0 (4 fwd) P/60: 1.4…

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Midseason grades: the top six forwards

It’s the half way point in the season and our collective egos are such that we like to hand out some mid-season grades to your New York Rangers. Dave got the ball rolling with the goaltending and coaching grades and I have been tasked with the top six forwards so let’s jump on in. Rick Nash: 40GP 26G 15A 41Pts…

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How Stepan fares over the next four games could be telling
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Rangers group of centers under the microscope

The Rangers start a very tough four game stretch in Anaheim on Wednesday night when they take on the Ducks. With the Sharks, Kings and the vastly improved Islanders all to come during this short, but brutal stretch, the Rangers will find out a lot about the readiness of their team as they look to return to the Stanley Cup…

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Can Derick Brassard be a top line center?Photo: Michael Ivins, USA TODAY Sports

Has Derick Brassard become one of the most important Rangers?

The clamour for top line centers is league wide and certainly nothing new. Every team wants one but not every team has one. The Rangers are in a fortunate position where they have two excellent (and comparatively young) top six centers in Derek Stepan and Derick Brassard but neither would be compared to the Crosby’s, Getzlaf’s and Seguin’s of the…

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Rangers need to get Zuccarello going

While the Rangers keep looking for some consistency and Rick Nash keeps the team in playoff contention almost single handidly, one of the most underwhelming players this season – so far – has been Mats Zuccarello. The little Norwegian winger has failed to live up to his new one year contract (and hefty pay rise) and certainly hasn’t played to…

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The far-reaching impact of Derek Stepan’s return

It was just over four weeks ago that Chris Mueller was the third-line center for the New York Rangers. Feels like a lot longer than that, right? New York’s problems down the middle began when the team failed to bring in a replacement for Brad Richards and were exacerbated when Derek Stepan broke his fibula during training camp. But since Stepan’s return to…

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Addressing the glut of wingers with Chris Kreider’s return

Disclaimer: This was written before this morning’s announcement that Anthony Duclair will be the healthy scratch. Chris Kreider will return to the lineup tonight after dealing with the death of his grandfather, and with his return comes another logjam at wing. Even without Tanner Glass, out with the mumps for an unknown period of time, the Rangers have nine very…

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Carl Hagelin’s strong season

The Rangers haven’t struggled to score goals this year, they’ve simply struggled to spread the goals around. Thanks in large part to Rick Nash and Marty St Louis, the Rangers have scored enough to stay in the playoff race while the defense and the goaltenders (up until recently) have struggled through injury, fluctuating form and suspensions. One of the lesser…

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The Rangers need more from Chris Kreider

Thank god the Rangers have Rick Nash. That’s a statement not just uttered countless times by the Ranger fan base but is something that Chris Kreider has probably said a few times this season as well. Luckily for Kreider, Nash’s blistering start has diverted a lot of attention from several underperforming players including Kreider. Kreider has had games this year…

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