The New York Rangers are 8-6-2, and have won three of their last four games.
The Blueshirts game into this season with A LOT of hype, and for a team still finishing up their rebuild, may have seemed a bit over the top. Sure they had the second overall pick, which resulted in Kaapo Kakko, and they also signed Artemi Panarin, the most sought after free agent this past summer. With the acquisitions of defensemen Adam Fox and Jacob Trouba, the Ranger fans were drooling at this team. But so far, it may not have been sunshine and rainbows for them.
They have battled almost every game, having to play a style of hockey that some people watching may not be used to seeing in the Garden. A grittier, “grind it out” style of hockey that has not been the blueprint of success for Ranger teams in the past. The record and position in the division may not be where some would hope, but there are a lot of positives to take away from this team.
Over the last three games, eight of their last 12 goals scored were netted by players who are 21 years old or younger. That should be talked about more. The young core of this Rangers squad, which is ultimately considered to be the future, have been the biggest component to their recent success.
Henrik Lundqvist has shown flashes of the old King, and Alexandar Georgiev has played a much bigger role than last year, and for the most part has been solid. If the goalies can stay consistent, which may seem like a lot to ask, this Rangers team can start to make some waves.
The Blueshirts faithful may have expected this team to just go off. But so far, they haven’t. This team is in the finishing stages of the rebuild, and we may see some flashes of what can be the future, hold tight. The New York Rangers will be just fine.