Mats Zuccarello – Derek Stepan – Rick Nash
J.T. Miller – Mika Zibanejad – Pavel Buchnevich
Jimmy Vesey – Kevin Hayes – Jesper Fast
Tommy Wingels – Oscar Lindberg – Cristoval Nieves
The Rangers were renowned for the team’s depth at forward this past season. However, the Rangers need help with both the salary cap and the team’s defense corps. While these have to be addressed, so does the looming expansion draft.
There are some notable omissions from my predicted forward group, but they are for good reason. I honestly believe that Chris Kreider could be moved to help fix the Rangers’ struggling defensive group.
As for Michael Grabner, I foresee him being sacrificed and moving to play in Sin City.
These omissions leave holes in the group that need to be filled. Tommy Wingels has proven to be a solid bottom six player in his years with San Jose and Ottawa. As for the other opening, I see Cristoval Nieves finally making the jump to feature in the NHL.