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Crazy Prediction of the Year

Before the 2010-11 season, I predicted here that the Rangers will not improve over the 2009-10 season and are probably better off with a semi-rebuild by dumping vets. The season ultimately ended the same way as the year before, except the Rangers won their last game.

At 2011-12 season I wrote that the team will be a long-shot contender, getting into an argument (NYR v CAR) over it on the Trade Rumors board. The prediction was accurate.

Last year, I wrote that we'll have severe depth problems, and we did have them until we got Brass, Door and Moore for Gabby, as well as MZA.

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So here's this year's prediction: We will contend for the Stanley Cup.

Our center depth is terrific, with three top-6 guys (Step, Brass and Brad) and several more who can perform on the bottom-6 (Boyle, Moore, Powe, Lindberg).

On the wing, the addition of MZA, Pouliot and some rookies (Miller, Fast, potentially Hrivik, Kreider and Kristo) gives the team real depth.

Rather than calling up every random AHLer (Noob, Segal, Ferriero) or rookies who were clearly not ready last year (Miller, Kreider), we will be able to not only call up NHL-ready players, but players who actually fit the job for which they will be called up for.

On defense, Moore is going to be a tremendous player. He'll be thought of in the same terms of McDonagh and Staal in a couple of years, and even this year he'll prove himself to be a top-4 defenseman.

This team has both depth and stars. There's no reason it won't compete for the Stanley Cup.

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