As the excitement of winning the 2020 NHL Draft lottery fades a bit, the Rangers will transition to business as usual. This means building the Rangers from rebuilding team into a consistent, legitimate contender. The NY Rangers have the assets to facilitate multiple offseason trades to better the current roster.
The Rangers have tough decisions to make with three RFAs – Ryan Strome, Tony DeAngelo, and Alex Georgiev. They also have a plethora of winger depth, which isn’t a bad thing. Some of the decisions they make this offseason will also impact which prospects they dangle to improve the roster. They also have an additional 1st round pick this year.
Strome is an interesting case. He’s had a resurgence in New York, riding a high SH% upon his arrival and then attached to Artemi Panarin’s hip this season. Strome put up 18-41-59 in 70 games this season.
There are rumblings that the team does not view Strome as a legitimate 2C going forward. He’s going to be very expensive as well, so committing that much money for a question mark is certainly risky.
DeAngelo is a luxury for the Rangers. An offensively gifted 3RD that led Rangers defensemen in points (15-38-53), DeAngelo is due a big raise as well. The Rangers presumably traded Brady Skjei to make room for DeAngelo’s extension, but then the flat cap hit.
DeAngelo is far from a complete defenseman, as we saw in the Carolina series. He has some pretty glaring issues in the defensive zone. Couple that to his expected $5+ million contract, and that becomes a question mark as well. It becomes less of a question mark if the Rangers move him to the left side.
No matter which way you slice it, Georgiev is the Rangers backup goalie. Igor Shesterkin is the Czar going forward, and the Rangers will be getting down to two goalies. Rumors of a Henrik Lundqvist retirement are there, but that doesn’t impact Georgiev’s future in New York. Keeping around a potential starter to get just 20 games is poor asset management.
Plenty of teams need goaltending, and Georgiev is the odd-man out behind Shesterkin.
Prospects – Lias Andersson, Vitali Kravtsov
The Rangers have a ton of them. Lias Andersson is the “big” name that is in trade rumors right now, but landing Alexis Lafreniere may impact prospect decisions. Are the Rangers more inclined to include Vitali Kravtsov in a trade? Probably not, but the question is still there.
The Extra 1st Round Pick
This is another asset the Rangers have, and in such a deep draft, it’s a great asset. This first round has solid NHLers projected throughout its entirety, a rare occurrence for the draft.
So which NY Rangers asset is most likely to be involved in offseason trades this Fall?