Dobber’s Offseason Fantasy Grades: New York Rangers

Scott Royce


For the last 19 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/fall. 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.


Gone – Ryan Strome, Andrew Copp, Frank Vatrano, Patrik Nemeth, Justin Braun, Alexandar Georgiev

Incoming – Vincent Trocheck, Ryan Carpenter, Jaroslav Halak, Louis Domingue

Impact of Changes – When the Rangers traded for Andrew Copp at the trade deadline last season, he seemed like an immediate great fit on the team. Unfortunately for Rangers fans, Copp opted to test the free agent market and signed a long-term deal with Detroit, so that's a tough loss. What's worse is Ryan Strome also decided to move on from New York, so there was work to be done.

The Rangers landed a very solid center in Vincent Trocheck who should slot into their second line center role very nicely. Trocheck plays a solid two-way game that should fit perfectly into the Rangers' system, a system that gave up the second-least number of goals last year. He also is coming from Carolina, who plays a pretty similar brand of hockey, so this should be a good addition by the Rangers front office. In goal the team will continue to heavily rely on Igor Shesterkin, but the team replaced