New York Rangers: Five Golden Knights the Rangers should trade for

BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 25: Jeff Gorton of the New York Rangers attends the 2016 NHL Draft on June 25, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - JUNE 25: Jeff Gorton of the New York Rangers attends the 2016 NHL Draft on June 25, 2016 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 18: William Karlsson
COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 18: William Karlsson /

William Karlsson

What if I said that the Rangers could acquire a cheaper, younger, just-as-good Oscar Lindberg? Anyone would jump at that opportunity, and the Rangers have that chance with the Golden Knights. William Karlsson is that player.

Last season, Oscar Lindberg solidified his role has the Rangers’ fourth line center. The depth of the Rangers’ forwards made him the odd man out. He was taken by the Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft.

Instead of going after re-acquiring Lindberg, the Rangers should try for Karlsson. He is a year younger than Lindberg, he is on a shorter and cheaper contract, and he has the tools to record similar, if not better, offensive numbers.

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Simply put, the Rangers still need a fair few pieces to ice a championship team. The NHL trade market is tough to navigate, but the addition of the Golden Knights could create a good trade partner for the Rangers.