Apr 2, 2015; Saint Paul, MN, USA; New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis (26) against the Minnesota Wild at Xcel Energy Center. The Rangers defeated the Wild 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
22. James Sheppard, RW #45
One of the more underrated acquisitions by general manager Glen Sather during the deadline has been that of James Sheppard.
Acquiring the 26-year old veteran has now allowed Alain Vigneault the luxury plugging in a forward on the fourth-line with no cause for concern. Sheppard can play both wing and center, bringing a defensive mind and faceoff winning attitude with him.
21. Tanner Glass, LW #15
It’s true. Tanner Glass is most definitely the least talented player on the Rangers.
However, his role as the lone enforcer on the team remains valuable. His teammates adore him and Vigneault is familiar with him from his Vancouver days.
20. Dan Boyle, RD #22
Mar 15, 2015; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle (22) waves as he
For 38-year old Dan Boyle, his presence as a veteran leader who’s been there before cannot be understated. At the same time though, watching him throughout the season you come to understand that his career is nearing an end.
Oftentimes he’s a bit slow to react in many situations and his once free-flowing skating has disappeared. Boyle is another man who is going through that battle for which father-time always wins.
19. Matt Hunwick, D #44
One of the very few unfortunate things about the Rangers overall depth is the fact that Matt Hunwick will be a healthy scratch very soon.
Once Kevin Klein returns, the guy who has filled in so well all year long (53 games), will be the seventh defenseman on a team who is loaded along the blue-line.
18. Martin St. Louis, RW #26
Much like Boyle, Martin St. Louis‘ better days are behind him.
Unless you’re a complete homer, you realize St. Louis is weak on the puck and lacks the defensive prowess the Rangers forwards are accustomed to. Still, he’s come up with 21 goals on the season and will continue to provide leadership through the toughest of times – the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
He is sort of taking on the Glenn Anderson role from 1994.
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