As previously stated, the Rangers are still in need of a center. Boston Bruin Ryan Spooner has had an up and down career so far. While he’s been inconsistent, he has the tools to become a solid middle six forward.
Spooner’s first full NHL season was two years ago when he put up his highest point total so far. Last season however, he regressed, dropping from 49 points to 39 points. Nonetheless, Spooner has played in limited minutes.
As of right now, Spooner would slot into the Rangers’ middle six. While the Rangers need a top six center, acquiring a solid middle six center would take some of the pressure off of Mika Zibanejad and Kevin Hayes. Making the move from Spooner, on the other hand, could prove difficult.
No doubt the Rangers need a few pieces to really contend next season. They have plenty of opportunities to trade for players who are in a contentious spot with their respective organization. However, the Rangers need to take care of their own first and get Mika Zibanejad signed.