Tyler Kluepfel- Jussi Jokinen
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators proved center depth is critical to take good teams to the next step. Now of course it is unfair to compare any team’s centers to the likes of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
However, where the Rangers depth lies currently down the middle is not sufficient enough. There is hope Mika Zibanejad can turn into a first line center, but there are question marks about what Kevin Hayes and David Desharnais can do at center in big minutes.
A huge plus side for bringing in Jokinen is that he was one of Florida’s better defensive forwards. Trading Derek Stepan hurt the Rangers defensively up front.
Adding Jokinen lessens the blow and has shown to produce offensively over the years, despite a down season in offense last year. Not to mention having Jokinen play for the Rangers would stop him from scoring against them for at least a season.