I would like to ask you to note the way the title is worded. This isn’t a question of the best New York Rangers, but the best players that have played in New York at some point in their astonishing careers. We know the Rangers have been lucky enough to welcome in a lot of Hall of Fame caliber talents and players that have been a cut above the rest of the league in terms of the skills they possess.
With that wording of the question, there are going to be a ton of answers that I may not mention. If you think I missed someone here that deserves to be noted, let me know either on whatever Twitter’s new name is now at the time of reading or on Facebook. This is entirely opinion based, but if you think there is someone who stopped at MSG during their brilliant career that is better than these three, please let me know.
Before we dive in too deep, I wanted to give a few honorable mentions. Specifically to Brian Leetch and Henrik Lundqvist. Both of whom are absolute legends in this city but I could not justify putting either player on this list above the three I’ve selected. Hank just got elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame and Leetch’s number was joined by Lundqvist’s number 30 above the ice at the Garden which shows how great these two are.
I considered Patrick Kane for this because of the career he had in Chicago. He’s the best American-born player of all time and he’s won almost everything he can. A winner of the Art Ross, Conn Smythe, and a three-type Stanley Cup Champion, he has had quite the career himself. While he is currently on the shelf after off-season hip surgery, he’s had a great career.