New York Rangers: Five outside the box Derek Stepan replacements

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Jun 27, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Samuel Bennett poses for a photo with team officials after being selected as the number four overall pick to the Calgary Flames in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports /

Sam Bennett

Last but surely not least, Bennett is another good fit for New York, but not exactly the Calgary Flames. What was supposed to be one of their top centers somehow made his way to the third line. With the Rangers, he might be able to see more ice time because of the situation of need the team is now in.

Although Bennett had a down season from his breakout season in 2015-2016, he still managed 26 points in 81 games played. Taking into account that he is only 21 years old and didn’t have that much ice time, the numbers are actually pointing in the right direction for him.

What he could develop into is exactly what the Rangers are searching for. After all, the Stepan trade, in the end, was for two reasons. One- to get younger, and two- to free up cap space. Bennett could be the answer to the first part of that reasoning.

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Also, he’s extremely inexpensive right now due to his age. The Rangers would be smart to acquire a player like him.