Rangers' 2020 Draft Class Profound Impact On The 2023-2024 Season

The New York Rangers 2020 draft class has helped the club solidify it's identity as a contender.

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Will Cuylle (2020, 60th Overall)

Will Cuylle
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Cuylle racked up 45 points (25 goals, 20 assists) in 69 games for the Wolf Pack last season before making the Rangers roster out of training camp this fall.

With injuries to Filip Chytil and Kaapo Kakko, Cuylle has remained the club's staple checking line forward at just 22 years old.

Standing at 6'3, Cuylle plays a rugged game in the trenches and generates play of the cycle. That has helped him tally 19 points (11 goals, 8 assists) in 65 games as a rookie.

He has not missed this season. Despite his crucial role, his relentless play and conditioning have not wavered.


Matt Rempe (2020, 110th overall)

Ryan Reaves, Matt Rempe
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Perhaps what seals the deal on how effective the 2020 draft class has been for the Rangers is not the only first overall pick in Rangers history, not the steady third-pairing defender, and not the reliable checking line attacker, but the phenomenon that is Matt Rempe.

Whether you call it "Rempsanity" or "Rempemania", the shared experience of watching one of the largest Rangers in history controversially assume the role of NHL villain has been the story no one expected but no one can escape.

As I pen this I can state, that I have never seen a New York Ranger on ESPN's Pardon The Interruption outside of playoff conversations. That was until Rempe's first career suspension four-game suspension.

Will he learn how to comfortably bring the energy in his massive frame, or run himself out of the league?

Based on how he has played in 10 games, it appears he can play hockey at the NHL level as a fourth-line regular. His ascent into not just Rangers lore but NHL history has been a unique and exhilarating ride.