Rangers report cards: Vincent Trocheck: B(A-
Trocheck’s debut season on Broadway was a success. He bolstered the inconsistent second line as the critical free-agent signing for the Rangers during the summer. The Rangers’ previous second-line center Ryan Strome faced challenges and only performed well when paired with Artemi Panarin. The Rangers were eager to develop a productive second line, and Trocheck stepped up as the middle man, meeting expectations.
His 22 goals and 64 points placed him fourth on the team’s roster for both points and goals. Trocheck’s contributions meant that the Rangers could secure victories even when the opposing team’s first line was present, or the team was not performing at its best. He used his tenacity to get under opponents’ skin and proved immensely valuable in the playoffs.
During the postseason, Trocheck showcased his fiery spirit, and a standout moment occurred in game four. His game-tying goal in the third period injected life into a seemingly subdued Madison Square Garden.
That pivotal goal encapsulated Trocheck’s essence as a player. Unfortunately, despite his efforts, the Rangers succumbed to a 3- 1 loss, leveling the series at two games apiece.
Looking at the bigger picture, his first year as part of the massive seven-year, $ 39.38 million deal was undeniably a success. The Rangers made a smart move by signing him, and he proved an asset to the team as he moves into his 30s.