May 25, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; The New York Rangers celebrate a goal by New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan (24) during the second period in game six of the 2012 Eastern Conference finals at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE

Before There Was 94' There Was 92'

I’m upset but I’m not as angry as some of you are. If you told me in the summer this team would make it to the eastern conference final I would have been very happy. No one predicted them to even finish first in the east, let alone win a round in the playoffs.

People viewed this team as too young, and too inexperienced. Well that was all true, and ultimately that led to the team’s downfall, but did they think they would lose in the eastern conference final? No, because they didn’t even think they would get there.

This team has shown potential for greatness and I think they will achieve greatness soon. So many good players on this roster and all so young. Hell, look at Chris Kreider. Kid didn’t even have a training camp and regular season and was extremely effective in the playoffs. Carl Hagelin didn’t have a full season and found himself playing with Gaborik and Richards. Who saw that coming?

Then there was Ryan Mcdonagh. When Marc Staal went down with a concussion in the beginning of the year the Rangers needed a go to defenseman. Dan Girardi was that guy for a while, and then Mcdonagh took over that spot. All while playing his first full season as a 22 year old.

Your probably wondering why I chose the title for the article to be what it is. In 92′ the Rangers won the president’s trophy and proceeded to lose in the second round. That team gained a lot of experience for 94′ and we all know what happened that year.

This Rangers team is like the 08-09 Chicago Blackhawks. That Hawks team was destined for great things, and you could see it, but they fell to Detroit in the Western Conference Finals. They learned from their experience and used that experience to win the cup the next year.

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