2013-14 New York Rangers Offensive Preview

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(No.22) Brian Boyle
(No. 16) Derick Brassard
(No.32) Michael Haley
(No.40) Brandon Mashinter
(No.47) JT Miller
(No.28) Dominic Moore
(No.19) Brad Richards
(No.21) Derek Stepan

Many Ranger fans would think that this team has the most depth at the center position. It is certainly a good argument considering the handful of players they have that can play well in this spot. Brassard and Miller will bring a good balance to the offense of New York. They won’t be playing on the same line however, but that will make them even more dangerous when it comes to creating scoring chances. Stepan has formed into the team’s true #1 center. Which is why they need to get him signed ASAP. If Boyle can improve his faceoff numbers a bit, he is capable of making an impact on the third or fourth line. 

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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.

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