3 reasons why Adam Henrique makes a lot of sense for the NY Rangers at the trade deadline

Adam Henrique likely won’t spend the remainder of the 2023-24 season with the Ducks, and it would be smart for the New York Rangers to make a move.

Jan 23, 2024; Anaheim, California, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Adam Henrique (14) shoots the puck
Jan 23, 2024; Anaheim, California, USA; Anaheim Ducks center Adam Henrique (14) shoots the puck / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Adam Henrique gives the Rangers much-needed depth at center

If you put Adam Henrique on even a decent team, his ability to score will go from above-average to something just short of spectacular. But if you put him on a great team that would benefit from scoring depth, then that team would be tough for even the NHL’s most talented groups to stop. 

Henrique would give the Rangers that, as there is a major drop-off in scoring both goals and assists at center after Mika Zibanejad and Vincent Trocheck. Both Zibanejad and Trocheck are among the most consistent players in the offensive zone, but the next primary center on the list, Jonny Brodzinski, has just 14 points in 34 contests. 

Enter someone like Henrique, who could immediately step in on the third line and become a legitimate scorer on the bottom-six. With 15 goals and a shooting percentage of 15.8, Henrique will find the net, on average, once every six-to-seven shots on goal, meaning opponents would have no choice but to play the Rangers differently should he come to New York. 

Henrique is also somewhat consistent at winning faceoffs, with a faceoff win percentage of 53.6 through 50 contests. While the Rangers would primarily use him to help increase their scoring capabilities on the bottom-six, they can also call on Henrique to help win faceoffs during crucial moments.