Frozen Tools Forensics: Rebuild in the Big Apple

Chris Liggio

2018-06-22

 

After the fire sale in Manhattan at the trade deadline, the New York Rangers have officially closed the window on what was more or less a decade’s contention for the Stanley Cup. Though the ultimate prize was once in sight and unfortunately lost to the Los Angeles Kings, the time has come for the organization to look toward the future and hand the reins to the youth. With Alain Vigneault no longer calling the shots from behind the bench, new coach David Quinn will allow for the kids to cut their teeth on the big stage. An organization long known for overpaying talent   past their peak and essentially ending careers, general manager Jeff Gorton is going in the right direction with a young team that may have more fantasy relevant pieces than most believe in 2018-19. Let’s take a look at some players either on the roster already or soon to be, that could assist you in the quest for your league title. Any and all listed will be attainable at a fair draft price as people may stray from the Rangers in the coming campaign.

 

Neal Pionk

An unknown commodity for everyone, Neal Pionk came onto the scene late in fantasy seasons and proved a solid fill-in for those in need of injury help on their blue line. Personally I had the pleasure of not having Erik Karlsson IR eligible on ESPN at the most crucial of times in the championship match with undroppable status. Picking up Pionk and Thomas Chabot helped to remedy this rather irreplaceable hole. He donned the Rangers sweater 28 times last year posting one goal, 13 assists, 54 shots, and 49 hits while seeing over 22 minutes per night on average. His production came hot and heavy at the start of his call up and tapered off as the regular season winded down, but Pionk showed that he can produce in this league. Going into next season his role is certainly going to be diminished as Kevin Shattenkirk is set to return. He will have a place on this blue line though and it could easily be in the top four given his high-end skating ability and right handedness. Pionk would make for a sneaky good depth defender that you can take with your last pick or most likely scoop on the wire afterwards.

 

Filip Chytil

As of this moment in time barring the Rangers don’t swing a deal at the draft for an established player, this kid is the focal point of the rebuild in Manhattan. Rangers GM Jeff Gorton was responsible for the Bruins drafting the likes of Phil Kessel, Brad Marchand, Milan Lucic, and David Krejci, he knows skill when he sees it. Chytil is young but he possesses deceptive size with elusive puck skill. His first season in the AHL saw him