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07-11-2013, 01:35 PM
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In bumping this thread, let's consider what the Rangers' strengths are regarding personnel in regards to formulating a system tailored to their strengths:
  1. Goaltending - Lundqvist, Vezina-winner, all-world talent, 'nuff said
  2. Defense - not physical, except possibly for McIlrath. Quite mobile, though.
  3. Forwards - speed on the flanks with Hagelin & Kreider, crafty centers with Richards, Brassard, Stepan. Goal-scorer in Nash. Grit, leadership, and versatility in Callahan.

Certainly the Rangers have the horses to run a 2-1-2 forecheck we saw under John Tortorella. Of course, the big question is: what do they do once they regain possession of the puck? Cycling behind the net until the end of time? Will the Rangers trap (1-2-2/1-3-1/1-4) if they have the lead? Where and when do the Rangers apply pressure against the opposition? Can the Rangers create offense on rushes off transition? You have to consider the listed factors beforehand.

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