For the last 18 years (12 with The Hockey News) Dobber has reviewed each team from a fantasy-hockey standpoint and graded them.
The 19th 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 both for the season ahead as well as the foreseeable future. Offensively, will the team perform? Are there plenty of depth options worthy of owning in keeper leagues? What about over the next two or three years? These questions are what I take into consideration when looking at the depth chart and the player potential on that depth chart.
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Gone – Pavel Buchnevich, Colin Blackwell, Phillip Di Giuseppe, Tony DeAngelo, Jack Johnson, Brett Howden, Brendan Smith
Incoming – Barclay Goodrow, Sammy Blais, Ryan Reaves, Greg McKegg, Patrik Nemeth, Jarred Tinordi, Gerard Gallant (coach)
Impact of Changes – The Rangers appeared to have one objective personnel-wise this offseason, and that was to get tougher. By adding Goodrow, Blais, and Reaves, they are adding the equivalent of an entire line of sandpaper. The Tom Wilson chokeslam on Artemi Panarin late in the season may have had that drastic an effect in the Rangers' offseason. New coach Gallant will need to get the most out of these players while directing them toward his normally high-tempo offense.
Whether it's to make room for the gritty players, to clear space for a possible Jack Eichel trade, or just to clear space to sign current players (or all of the above), Buchnevich had to be moved to St. Louis. That could spell a larger role for one of the Rangers' younger stars, such as Alexis Lafreniere or Kaapo Kakko. Former head coach David Quinn wasn't easy on players with limited NHL experience, but Gallant could help the fortunes of these important young players.
Ready for Full Time – 2018 first-round pick Vitali Kravtsov finally reached the NHL after his KHL season ended. He wa