NY Rangers Fan Confidence Poll: December 21, 2020

Key Dates: A lot of them – but the season begins on January 13.
Last Poll’s Results:  8.34 (100 votes)

Top stories from last week:

  • The NHL and NHLPA agreed on a plan to start the 2021 NHL season. Training camp will begin on January 3, with the season starting on January 13. There will be no preseason games.
  • The other key dates and details for the 2021 NHL season have been detailed.
  • The IIHF canceled 6 exhibition games for the 2021 World Juniors. This is something to keep an eye on.
  • Tarmo Reunanen has been recalled from Finnish loan, and will attend NY Rangers camp. He is expected to compete for a LD role.
  • Lauri Pajuniemi has a six game point streak in Liiga. This kid exploded onto the scene last year and has no signs of slowing down.
  • Some cool news: Mackenzie Skapski (remember him?) has been hired in the BCHL as a goaltending coach by the Chilliwack Chiefs. No word on Mackenzie Catski’s role.

Please take a second to answer the poll below and give us an idea of how confident you are in the Rangers, their direction, coaching, management, prospects, and overall quality on the ice. You can click the tag “Fan Confidence Poll” to view historical polls.

Given the current roster construction, farm system, management, coaching, etc., how confident are you in the Rangers' overall future?

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  • The poll is for the “overall future” so I give the Rangers at least a 9!

    This season will be tough, especially with such a young team and no exhibition games to try to develop chemistry and see what we got and where we are at. Hope the AHL season turns out OK so our prospects get a meaningful season of develop.

    The future is bright!

    • ” exhibition games to try to develop chemistry and see what we got”
      Yeah that is unnecessary for a team with back to back lottery picks. 2 weeks of camp should be enough time to see what Kakko and Laffy can do in the top 6/PP’s with scrimmages/ contact line drills.

      The AHL team will continue to be in shambles, they weren’t going anywhere with that roster anyways.. Miller should have stayed his behind in college for another 1-2 years. He will suffer the same fate as most NBA baller’s who want to just get paid so they skip they’re final year of college development. Zero hindsight in that move on both sides. Braden Schneider will become the next victim to that way of thinking, people who watched him recently played say he still has one to many holes in his game. Hopefully those two can grow up together in the minors.

  • Just waiting on the new North division.. Canadian teams may have to move inside the US territory which brings in grossly new blood for this division. I’m talking about a better MTL team and a more tough to play againstToronto team.

    Pitts, Philly, yes Boston and now maybe MTL will have better top 4’s to skate with. This doesn’t even include Carolina’s top 6 (assuming they move back if the true North can’t get it together.) Buffalo can join this list at anytime during the season, they have a underrated D corps ready to go imo.

    NYR’s have easily the weaker left side out of the entire division right now. Countering it with Trouba as your min eater/shutdown man and ADA as your bottom pair guy on the right side doesn’t help at all. Quinn will for sure be a coach of the year candidate if he can get NYR in the playoff picture/race.

    • FYI ADA sliding over just means tougher assignments against tougher opponents. All it opens up is for other teams to capitalize off the matchup game. I don’t see how letting go of ADA/Strome helps this team short/long term. This deadline and off-season is going to be a spicy one, especially if Kravtsov comes over and inserts himself after his season in Europe (he would most definitely put the final nail in Buch’s coffin).

      10-15 mill goes half to Zib soon and at least 2 medium-long term deals to one of Fox, Kakko and Laffy (CK can’t have his annual average season). Barron joining forces with hopefully a better version of Howden on the 4th line would be so KEY for this squad.

  • We are in a very touch Eastern division, and without an expanded playoff format, I see the NYR actually taking a step back.

    Hoping for more offense out of the 3rd and 4th lines. Also hopeful that the defense actually plays more defense.

    • disagree!! vehemently!

      I hate to be the one to tell you guys this, but I don’t see anyone else doing it (Dave), this is not the same team as last year. Ya’ll going to want Quinn to win Jack Adams this year.

  • Short term 7, long term 9. Tough division this year, young players need experience, LD and center need more talent. After that (hopefully) back to “normal” division makeup, players aren’t so young anymore, LD and center beefed up.

  • I am getting tired of the “wait until next year” mentality. It IS time! Enough excuses. Not enough “D”, not deep enough forward lines. It is time to shut up and play. This is a make or break year for this coaching staff. Teach the defenders to play better, make the forwards work harder of use the taxi squad to replace them. 2021! First pick in the draft. Shut up and play.

    • you go Creature!! That’s what I’m talking about. Next year happens to be this year. These guys are to use to being pessimists. Sad really. Good news is sad for them, not us!

  • I still have high hopes for this team, and reading NotSoAvery’s posts, I’m even more convinced that we are on the right track, and will have a good season. All that bunk thrown out for us to be convinced he knows something, not working dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tougher division, very well may make it harder to secure a playoff spot. But I’d rather play against better quality opponents and assess our true talent level, than play against mediocre talent and have a false sense of where we really are.
    The elimination round showed us that we aren’t big enough, or gritty enough or made for the post season.
    Personally I LOVE the schedule where we will be playing teams 8 times in one season. That builds rivalries, that is exciting hockey.

    And for the record, I am one of the 15 (as of this writing) that voted a”10″. This team has nothing except an extremely bright future. JD took obvious steps to correct the shortcomings exposed by Carolina in the elimination round.
    Like some others here, I’ve been around a while now and all I see in the very near future, is a perennial SC threat.
    The only thing that will get in our way would be us becoming Toronto south. JD must be careful who he signs, how much he pays and the length of the contract. I believe he is very cognizant of that fact. As an example, he let Fast walk, and no doubt Fast would have helped this team.
    Finally, we’re in very good hands.

    • Jerry, where have you been? Couldn’t agree more with every word. Especially how this division is the best thing that could happen to a developing team. Gonna make men out of this group of kids!

      • Hi Joe
        Hope all is well my friend.
        Work has been VERY demanding. I have managed to check in here everyday and get my Ranger “fix”.
        And want to take this opportunity to thank Dave for making these dark hockey-less day bearable by putting in the time on this blog.

  • With stability in the front office, a significant stable of high end young talent, veterans under control that are the foundation and you can build on…..oh…and Goaltending. How can you not 9 on this survey?

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