Rangers season preview: Expectations are too high

The 2022-23 NHL season begins October 7. With the training camps open, NHL.com takes a look at the three keys, inside the scoop on roster questions, and the expected lineup for each of the 32 teams. Today, the New York Rangers.

Fitness Trainer: Gerard Gallant (season 2)

Last season: 52-24-6, second place in the capital division; Lost to Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final

3 keys

1. Dealing with high expectations

Rangers are one of the candidates to represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Final after losing to Lightning in six games in the Conference final last season.

That’s partly because we know what to expect compared to the start of last season, when Galant was getting to know the players and goalkeeper. Igor Shesterkin Largely untested in the big matches, it wasn’t clear what the Rangers might be able to achieve after four straight seasons without a post-season win.

Now, New York is expected to compete for the Stanley Cup, and how it deals with that kind of pressure could make or break its season.

2. The appearance of Shesterkin

Chesterkin won the Fisina Cup as the best goalkeeper in the National Hockey League and also finished third in the vote for Hart Trophy as the Most Valuable Player after going 36-13-4 with 2.07 goals-to-average and .935 savings (both first in the NHL). ; minimum 20 games) last season

New York gradually improved their playing against him as the season progressed, although there were several nights Shesterkin had to be perfect or close to him to secure victory. The hope is that the Rangers have learned from those games and can be a strong side in front of their goalkeeper from the start, but are at their best when Shesterkin is the best player on the ice.

3. Children become adults

Rangers lost the two biggest right-wingers from the playoffs last season in Frank Vatrano (Anaheim Ducks) and Andrew Cope (Detroit Red Wings), who left as free agents. This opens the door to Alexis Lavrinierand 20 and kabu kaku21, is likely to be a regular in the top six. Philip ShettleThe 22-year-old is expected to once again be a top-three in New York and build on his playoff performance, when he scored seven goals in 20 games, one less than he scored in 67 games in the regular season.

In the case of Lafreniere, he will have to move from his normal position as a left winger to the right side, but Gallant said that changing the position is not something that should affect him as he will have more chances to be an effective goalscorer playing either at the top lined up with Chris Crieder And the Mika Zibanjador in the second line with Artemi Banarin And the Vincent Trochek.

Roster Rondon

making the cut

Unless they can sign a veteran, New York will Zack JonesAnd the liber hajk And the Matthew Robertson She fights for the sixth and final place in her defensive group. The highest couple is set with Ryan Lindgren And the Adam FoxAnd the Kandrey Miller And the Jacob’s ovenAnd the Braden Schneider He’s the likely No. 5 defender. Jones (22 games), Hayek (94) and Lundqvist (25) all have NHL experience. Robertson has yet to play in an NHL game.

In addition to, how are you yaroslav And the Luis Domingo He will compete to be the reserve goalkeeper behind Shesterkin.

The most interesting addition

Rangers signed Trochic to a seven-year contract on July 13 to replace him Ryan Strom, who signed with Ducks as a free agent. However, they hope that Trocheck will have a greater impact on the game due to his ability to kill penalty kicks and win encounters, two things that Strom has not done regularly. Trochik will enter the camp as a runner-up, expected to be a factor in the power-and-kill play, just as he was with the Carolina Hurricanes. He had 51 points (21 goals, 30 assists) in 81 games last season.

The biggest possible surprise

Vitaly Kravtsov, who will have the inside track of winning a job in the squad on opening night. The 22-year-old striker, who was No. 9 in the 2018 NHL Draft, had his ups and downs with Rangers. One of the last cuts from training camp was last season, and instead of going to Hartford from the NHL, Rangers loaned Kravtsov to Traktor Chelyabinsk from the Continental Hockey League of Russia. However, Kravtsov has been in New York training during an off-season, and has a chance to be a right winger in one of the Rangers’ top three.

ready to hack

Lavrinière had an inconsistent second season but still had 31 points (19 points, 12 assists) in 79 games. He became a more consistent player in the playoffs, when he picked up nine points (two goals, seven assists) in 20 games and played with the body the Rangers wanted and needed to see from him at the start of this season. Lafreniere is entering the final season of his three-year contract, and the freshmen, No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft has a chance of becoming a regular in the top six.

sleeping fantasy

Chytil, C/RW (imaginary average draft position: 162.2) – He had nine points (seven goals, two assists) in 20 playoffs mostly on the third line with Lavrinier and Kaku. Trocheck could potentially replace Strom as Rangers’ second place finisher, but Chytil could still see a rising role and has great charisma given that he was seventh in the NHL at 5 goals for 5 per 60 minutes (1.51; 10 games at least) last postseason. – Pete Jensen

Expected line

Chris Kreider – Mica Zipanjad – Alexis Lavrinier

Artemi Banarin – Vincent Trochek – Kabu Kaku

Sami Place – Philip Sheetil – Vitaly Kravtsov

Barclay GodroRyan CarpenterRyan Reeves

Ryan Lindgren – Adam Fox

Kandrey Miller – Jacob Troup

Zack Jones – Braden Schneider

Igor Shesterkin

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