Mats Zuccarello led the Rangers in points this season totaling 59. A majority of this total came from his career-high 44 assists this season and in addition, he scored 15 goals.
Zuccarello was a force in the playoffs as well. He totaled seven points (four goals, three assists) in the Rangers 12 games.
Zuccarello’s strengths do not always translate into goals scored, but they can definitely be seen in the assist column. He is one of the most vital playmakers. His ability to set up plays coming out of the defensive zone and make accurate passes alongside his patience and ability to keep possession of the puck make him extremely dangerous.
Perhaps most important is the character that he plays with. There are a lot of reasons to love Zuccarello, but the thing that makes him so vital on the Rangers roster is that he comes out to play big games every single night.
This year was no exception. His consistency comes from the heart that he plays with. This is a theme with him and is something that is irreplaceable.