If you look around the NHL, you will have a difficult time trying to find a roster with as much pure star power as this Rangers one. Whether that is Patrick Kane, Vladimir Tarasenko, Mika Zibanejad, Artemi Panarin, Adam Fox or even if you want to include the aforementioned Igor Shesterkin here, this is a roster loaded with some of the best players in the NHL at their positions.
If the Rangers are going to go deep, they will need their stars to shine and they have so many different players that can break a game open, you have to think that the nights where they all fall silent will be few and far between. This doesn’t even mention the strong depth they have, but that is not what we are going to be talking about at this point in time. This is about the pure top-end talent the Blueshirts have.
There are former Conn Smythe winners, Vezina Trophy winners, Norris Trophy winners, Calder Trophy winners, and so many more on this roster. There are multiple players on this roster with multiple cup rings, there are even more with one-off championships. Patrick Kane himself scored that ghost goal in 2010 where no one but Kane himself saw the puck enter the net against Philadelphia.
If the Rangers’ top-end talent does not spark and those big guns fall silent, there’s very little the depth can do. You need your best players to lead the team in production when it is the most difficult to produce. You need those players to be the players that earn the big bucks in the regular season. Since they don’t get paid for the playoffs, you cannot say this is where they earn their money, but it would be nice.