Eastern Edge: The New York Rangers

Cam Metz

2018-09-04

 

We’re less than a month away from the start of puck season. It is hot in Pittsburgh this Labor Day weekend and I’m really looking forward to the fall and some hockey.  It’s funny I’m still bitter that the NHL can’t figure out how to schedule a day’s worth of games so that it can be watched all Saturday long.  The nostalgia of Hockey Night in Canada inflates the value of a cold winter night above a hot summer night for me any day of the year.

Speaking of value – Not a lot of value on Broadway this year – but maybe we’ll see some increase of usage that some Blueshirts surpass their ADPs.

The rules for the below analysis as always are:

Like for the Wild West series, the ranks are based on a 12-team, head-to-head league, using the categories of goals, assists, power play points, shots, hits and blocks for forwards/defensemen and wins, saves, save percentage and goals against average for goalies. Player eligibility for this series is based on Yahoo, and draft ranks are based on average draft positions compiled from Yahoo, ESPN and CBS by FantasyPros.  2018-2019 ADPs are up if you couldn’t tell!

Check out yesterday’s column by Chris Kane on the San Jose.

 

Recap

There was something surprisingly refreshing to see a team admit that they were going to enter rebuilding mode.  We don’t often catch a glimpse inside the management mind of these teams unless it is free agency or the draft, so for the management team in New York City to openly admit that it was time to start a new chapter rather than dabble in mediocrity for X number of years, it makes you want to root for them, regardless if they are in the same division as your favorite team.

On ice, the Rangers were able to secure dead last in the Metro Division last year, with only 77 points on the season.  They jettisoned Rick Nash to Boston and accepted an influx of talent from Tampa Bay as a result of sending Captain Ryan McDonagh packing.

Youngster Pavel Buchnevich was fantasy relevant at times last year, Kevin Shattenkirk was injured in his first season as a Blueshirt, and middle of the pack forwards Kevin Hayes and Chris Kreider are due for significant increases in playing time this year.

Interestingly  enough as bad as NYR were they had an above average power play unit, that for my money should stay within the middle of the league next year considering the Shattenkirk will be healthy and other forwards will be available to help support Mika Zibanejad and