The Kovy thread got me thinking earlier today about what this team would look like if there were no trade, no waiver claims, and ultimately no free agency?
Well the NHL would certainly look a lot different for one! Here’s a look at what the NY Rangers would potentially look like. Now take into consideration there were numerous trades on draft day, but it is impossible to factor in who the organization "might have" drafted if they didn’t trade up, or down. But here is a look at all the players drafted by the NY Rangers, that are CURRENTLY playing in the NHL still. The results are not as bad as what some people might think!
By position here are the players
Rather than a potential depth chart, here is an idea of some of the line combos. Take into consideration, the Rangers have drafted much better at center than they have on the Wings….especially the RW… So more likely than not if they were forced to play the best talent, some forwards would be shifting positions.
LW C RW
Petr Prucha / Marc Savard / Alex Kovalev
Nigel Dawes / Doug Weight / Ryan Callahan
Manny Malhotra / Brandon Dubinsky / Mike York
Eric Boulton / Todd Marchant / Domonick Moore
The prospective forward combo’s are pretty good overall.
First line: excellent speed, skating, and incredible offensive potential. Savard is an excellent playmaker, and Kovy has some of the best hands in the game. Now they might not be as good in their own end, they do have potential to put up some huge numbers here.
Second Line: Two young goal scorers centered by vewteran playmaker. I think this line is more defensively responsible than the first line, but not quite as offensive as the first line…Yet! The two young wingers I think would out work a lot of opposing defenseman in the offensive zone. What they lack in size, they make up for in grit.
Third Line: Who’s going to outwork these guys along the boards? Very physical duo in Malhotra and Dubinsky. In York you have a headsy player, relatively fast, who is great in the corners. This line can play against any top line and be effective. On the forecheck Malhotra and Dubinsky can wear down opposing defenseman without being offensive liabilities.
Fourth Line: Boulton serves here as the enforcer and is pretty good at what he does. No where near a top ten enforcer, but he’ll stand up for his teammates and himself, and for enforcers that is all that really matters. Marchant serves as 4th line shut-down center, and along with Moore this line has the potential to put the puck in the net as well with their speed.
The defensive combos are interesting here. The organization has done a pretty solid job of drafting defenseman that can join the rush, and chip in offensively. The defense is taylor-made for the "new NHL" With Norstrom they are somewhat more physical than the current D corps, but still lack a big bruising defnseman… Of course they also have a premier PP QB in Sergei Zubov. The PP could be deadly with Zubov and Zdlicky.
Sergei Zubov / Mattias Norstrom
Marc Staal / Kim Johnsson
Marek Zdlicky / Fedor Tyutin
In net of course Henrik Lundqvist beats out the competition but Cloutier and Labarbara are both solid backups.
In the end, under the same coaching staff employed today, I think this potential team would not only be competitive, but could potentially be very successful. The forward combos have potential to score goals in bunches. The defense can join the rush, and the PP has a ton of potential here. Physically they are capable, maybe a little limited on the backend, but as the current defensive pairing show it is very possible to be successful without physical defenders. I don’t mind the look of it at all, and granted there are other teams that would look a lot better than them on paper…Like Pittsburgh for example….but this team is well balanced, and again could potentially be very successful!