5 Things That Make 2022 Stickout for the New York Rangers

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 30: Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers scores a third period goal against Pyotr Kochetkov #52 of the Carolina Hurricanes in Game Seven of the Second Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena on May 30, 2022 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA - MAY 30: Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers scores a third period goal against Pyotr Kochetkov #52 of the Carolina Hurricanes in Game Seven of the Second Round of the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs at PNC Arena on May 30, 2022 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /
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Panarin celebrates a goal for the Rangers against the Islanders
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 22: Artemi Panarin #10 of the New York Rangers celebrates his powerplay goal against the New York Islanders at 17:14 of the first period at Madison Square Garden on December 22, 2022, in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

The emergence of New York

After a rebuild that was needed to give the organization the facelift it needed, the Blueshirts finally became one of the best teams in hockey again. While there are flaws with this roster as there are with any group, it’s good to see the Blueshirts where they need to be in terms of competing. No one enjoyed watching the Rangers endure their period in the doldrums. Competing in the playoffs was the best.

As the Rangers started to expose their young kids to the pressures and riggers of a major playoff run. They were put under the bright lights of the hockey world when they were chasing the Carolina Hurricanes last season. They’ve had the heat turned up to 11 with the expectations placed upon them this season, and it’s great to see the young guys growing. With the team still taking shape, it’s so promising.

As the calendar ticks over into 2023, the Rangers will look to keep fighting for a playoff berth. They will look to correct their inconsistencies and adjust to the life of a team expected to compete for a Stanley Cup Playoff spot. They are already expected to make another deep run with many having called them a Stanley Cup favorite before the start of the season.

We’ll see if the team can live up to the bright future. It’s been a fantastic year to be a fan of the New York Rangers. It’s been 365 days of the highest highs. It’s seen some deep lows. Faces have changed and the results have fluctuated, but the Rangers still have a lot to do. There’s going to be hockey played in 2023, there will be a Stanley Cup awarded in 2023, and the Rangers will want to be the team to grab it.

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