With the 2022-23 season nearly upon us, there is a lot to look forward to with the return of the 32 NHL clubs to the ice. With that in mind, there is a lot to talk about. A lot of new faces in the Big Apple will draw the attention of fans quickly, but it is the returning core that will need to make this team go the extra step this year. As with any team, New York needs everyone to be going strong.
2021-21 was an extremely beneficial year for the franchise. Emerging from a rebuild to now being one of the favorites to win the division title, New York took a leap back to relevancy after years in the wilderness of the lower half of the league. Now the Rangers have to cement their place at the top of the Metropolitan, and it will not be easy. They will need help from places they didn’t get it before.
Last year, New York had an elite netminder cover some of the outstanding flaws on the team so it isn’t a secret that the Rangers are going to need some of their players that didn’t have the strongest of years last year to come back punching this year. Players that couldn’t get it going were disrupted by injuries and illnesses, and just players that couldn’t seem to find their skates are all eligible.
For bounceback candidates, I’m more or less using this to refer to players that have the ability to do so much better this year than they did last year. I’m sure I’m going to get 100 people telling me why they think I’m wrong, so I’m looking forward to that too, but we’ll get to that. As for now, we should start examining the players that are on this list. Three bounce-back candidates for the New York Rangers.