2013-14 New York Rangers Offensive Preview

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Left Wing

May 25, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; New York Rangers forward Carl Hagelin (62) watches as the home crowd celebrates after the Boston Bruins scored a late empty net goal in game five of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-USA TODAY Sports

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(No.62) Carl Hagelin
(No.20) Chris Kreider
(No.61) Rick Nash
(No.67) Benoit Pouliot
(No.8) Darroll Powe
(No.14) Taylor Pyatt

The Rangers have some capable players at the left wing position. Hagelin can create many scoring chances with his blazing speed. Kreider is a young forward with a nose for the net. Obviously, we have seen what Nash brings to the table. Size, strength, and scoring ability. Three qualities that create a powerhouse forward.

I feel the x-factor at LW will be Kreider. In the few games that he played under former head coach John Tortorella, he showed true potential. But Tortorella never gave him a chance. Under Alain Vigneault, he will be playing in a much more offense-minded system, which will present him with great opportunities. 

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  • Centerman

    I think you’re wrong about Pouliot. He’s a dynamic offensive player. What about Dom Moore? He’s a better offensive player than Boyle. Asham and Powe were placed on Waivers earlier this summer and with meager cap hits of $75K (Asham) and $141,666 (Powe) I doubt either of them are with the team in October unless absolutely Nessasary. Also Powe is a Left Handed Centerman. I guess he can play LW especially with all the Centers on the team. I believe that Moore will be the 4th line Centerman and Boyle will play on his Left side. Having 2 Centerman on a 4th line is huge for obvious reasons. If one is kicked out of the circle the other is capable of taking and winning the Faceoff. This will be huge for AV who is notorious for his line matching. He uses his 3rd & 4th lines for most of the defensive zone starts. If you have a 4th line you can send out on the ice and will win the draw. They have control of the puck taking a chance away from the opposition and creating one for you.
    The other thing I see is most line predictions for the Rangers are including Callahan and Hagelin. That’s easy to do. Try fielding a competative forward group without them. Now you don’t have Hagelin and you’re pretty thin on the right side. Asham isn’t there now. I know Gorton said he would be but that was just gamesmanship on his part. If they are there, NYR have 2.2 mil to pay Stepan. If not however, they’ll have more like 4 mil left against the cap. Meaning they have more to spend. The NHL requires teams to hold more players during the summer. That’s why the summer cap shows 2.2 mil. When season starts both Asham & Powe’s cap come off.