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RayMooch
09-05-2011, 18:22
As we near the start of training camp for the New York Rangers, there are a few parts of the upcoming season that will begin to raise question. As I have discussed in the past here, there is still the question of who will be the next captain of the Blueshirts. However, the more glaring and important question is who will fill the void on the Rangers' top line. Sure, Brad Richards and Marion Gaborik are locks for to spots, however, the 3rd player is one that many people are unsure of in so many ways. This will move players like Dubinsky, Callahan, and Derek Stepan into more appropriate roles, where they will not have to overachieve in order to impress. The wild card in my opinion is Wojtek Wolski. He may be the best option the Rangers' have to place along side Richards and Gaborik. He has the potential to reach the 20-25 goal plateau, with 60 points an extremely obtainable number. Wolski has worked extremely hard this offseason to be the type of player that so many people expect him to be. It was even speculated that the Rangers' would buy out the remainder of his contract. Hopefully, the offseason work he did with Steven Stamkos at the Biosteel camp will prove beneficial for both him and the Rangers' organization.

Coming into camp, there are 11 players who are locks for the roster, with a few others who may be on the outside looking in.

The players who are in my mind no doubters coming into training camp (excluding Henrik Lundqvist, were talking lines here) are:

* Artem Anisimov
* Brian Boyle
* Ryan Callahan
* Brandon Dubinsky
* Ruslan Fedotenko
* Marian Gaborik
* Brandon Prust
* Brad Richards
* Mike Rupp
* Derek Stepan
* Wojtek Wolski

However, Sean Avery, Mats Zuccarello, and Erik Christensen are not guaranteed a spot on the roster. Avery, has worked his way into Coach John Tortorella's dog house, while Zuccarello's size and his game hurt him, outside of being a shootout specialist, he doesn't fit, and Christensen finds himself way down on the depth chart at center, a position the Rangers' couldn't fill and now have an excess of. If the Rangers' carry 6 or 7 defensman, 2 goalies, and the obvious 12 offensive players, that leaves 2 or 3 spots open on the 23 man final roster. Rookies such as Carl Hagelin or Christian Thomas could also push there way onto the scene for the 2011-12 season. Considering only 20 players dress each night, it should be interesting to see who fills out the Rangers' roster coming out of camp this year.

My Lines for the season break down like this:

1) Wolski—Richards—Gaborik

2) Dubinsky—Anisimov—Callahan

3) Fedotenko—Stepan—Hagelin

4) Prust—Boyle—Rupp

I think Hagelin still has some improving to do, however I feel he can out play Avery or Zuccarello for a spot on the 3rd line, which would have the veteran presence of Ruslan Fedotenko to mentor both Stepan and Hagelin. With training camp right around the corner, some players will be battling for their future, while others will be fighting for their careers. As the Rangers' continue to get younger and more talented, we will begin to see more and more of this in the coming years.

nyuddo87
09-05-2011, 21:50
A lot of youth in the lineup and it is nice to see veterans like Gaborik, Richards and Rupp be a part of this team. I think Zuccarello is going to play a huge part in the youth movement that we started to see the past few seasons and he will have a spot in the lineup 9 times out of 10. I am still a little iffy on the defense, but only time will tell.