Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades 2018: New York Rangers




Dobber's offseason fantasy hockey grades – New York Rangers


For the last 15 years (12 with The Hockey News, last year’s via pinch-hitter Cam Robinson) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.

The 16th annual review will appear here on DobberHockey throughout the summer. This is not a review of the likely performance on the ice or in the standings, but in the realm of fantasy hockey.



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Gone – Paul Carey, David Desharnais, Ryan Sproul, Coach Alain Vigneault


IncomingFredrik Claesson, Coach David Quinn


Impact of changes – The Rangers didn’t have much in the way of changes this offseason as they got all that out of the way back in February when they moved Rick Nash and Ryan McDonagh. The two trades brought in a lot of young assets, both for the roster and in the system. A new coach in David Quinn certainly offers a fresh start for several players, most notably Pavel Buchnevich, who perhaps wasn’t getting used in an ideal manner under Vigneault and I look to him as having been impacted the most and in a positive way.


Ready for full-time – It looks like the Rangers will be going ahead with Alexandar Georgiev as their backup netminder. And that’s great, unless Henrik Lundqvist gets injured, as has happened more frequently this late in his career. Even then, maybe it’s still great. Or perhaps Georgiev doesn’t handle a starter’s workload well, in which case the Rangers can either go and acquire help or chalk 2018-19 up as a rebuilding season anyway. The 22-year-old Georgiev was a standout in Finland before the team signed him last summer as an undrafted free agent. He did fairly well in 37 AHL games before being called up to the big club. His 0.918 SV% in 10 games was impressive enough that the team is going ahead with him. Pencil him in for 25 starts, more if Lundqvist gets hurt.

Defenseman Neal Pionk is another great undrafted free agent signing that they made last summer. After a standout sophomore season for Minnesota-Duluth, he transitioned well to the pros, tallying 17 points in 48 games with Hartford. He was even more impressive when New York called him up as he picked up 14 points in 28 games. He’s being used more for defense at even strength and is only a secondary po