Following an up and down first half of the season, the New York Rangers have made it to the all-star break at 21-20-7.
As brutal as a rebuilding season may seem in comparison to some of those in recent years, the New York Rangers have managed to hang around a 500 winning percentage somehow. For all of the bumps and bruises that occurred in December and January, there are still things to be excited about for the final 30 or so games of the year.
In David Quinn’s first year as a head coach in the National Hockey League, he’s tapped into certain players in a way that they never were before. Two Rangers, Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider are both on pace for career years. It should be mentioned that Kevin Hayes was also on pace for a career year before being held out of the lineup with an injury.
Since the post-all-star break Rangers will likely begin a sell-off of assets, it’s as good a time as any to account for what the first 48 games meant in the greater context of the team’s long-term success. With Filip Chytil and Brett Howden being the only two rookies to break in from game number one, it was limited.
However, coach Quinn is instilling a program of accountability and hard work as the foundation for a team that can eventually win at the NHL level.
With all of that said, here are the Ranger awards at the all-star break.