New York Rangers: Predicting the 2017-18 offense

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Alexandra Russo

Jimmy Vesey – Mika Zibanejad – Mats Zuccarello

Chris Kreider – Derek Stepan – Rick Nash

J.T. Miller – Kevin Hayes – Michael Grabner

Kris Versteeg – Oscar Lindberg – Jesper Fast

The New York Rangers have a lot to think about this offseason after an unpredictable second round exit to a team many considered inferior- the Ottawa Senators. One of those things is their offense.

At points in the season, especially in the beginning, the Rangers’ offense was rolling. They were scoring five, six, or seven goals every game and demolishing their opponents. That stopped sometime after November. However, it picked up at different points in the season.

The problem now is it remaining consistent. There will be some changes made in order to ensure that happens. For the most part, I believe the offensive lineup will stay the same, but some players will see more ice time. The only major thing I see happening is Tanner Glass being taken out and replaced by a better player such as Kris Versteeg. He has the speed the Rangers need, and it is possible that they pick him up.

Overall, I think the most changes will happen on the defensive side. For the offense, it’s about finding chemistry between players, not having better ones. With the offense more used to each other and their styles of play, I think next season will be much better than last.