How far will the Rangers get this season?

Chemistry Outweighs Talent For Rangers Offense
The Blueshirts have enough talent to form an exciting offense. But whether talent equals results is an annual question for the team...

It's up to players like Frolov whether the Rangers will be able to put the puck in the net or not

It's up to players like Frolov whether the Rangers will be able to put the puck in the net or not

Anyone who knows anything about hockey knows that chemistry is just as important as individual talent.  The best players in the world often struggle to find matching combinations that bring out their best.  Jaromir Jagr, one of the league’s greatest players, had an extremely difficult time meshing with a center once Michael Nylander left the Rangers. 

This year’s club boasts a bevy of players that could be 20-goal scorers and 60-point players.  Vinny Prospal, Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan, Artem Anisimov, Todd White, Alex Frolov, and Erik Christensen all have the ability to reach those impressive totals.  The question is, will they?

The Rangers had a tough time last year creating sustained offense despite coach John Tortorella’s constant tinkering with line combinations.  Maybe he should have stuck with certain trios longer, but he clearly felt that chemistry changed week-to-week and game-to-game. 

For the Rangers and any NHL team to be successful, most of their offensive players must approach their ceiling of offensive production.  If everyone underachieves, it’s basically impossible for a team to be competitive.  Some of the Rangers offensive might comes in the form of young talent, so it’s understandable that there are growing pains.  If they all come together, the Rangers will have a productive offense.  If they toil in mediocrity again, the team will continue to lack the firepower to support Henrik Lundqvist. 

There’s no doubt that the Rangers have talent.  Maybe not the elite-level players that Stanley Cup contenders possess, but certainly enough to be a playoff team.  The problem is that there are a number of teams in the same boat.  The difference between who makes it and who doesn’t is in which teams get the most production from their mid-level NHL players.  We know what we’re getting from Marian Gaborik.  But it’s up to Prospal, Dubinsky, Callahan, Anisimov, White, Frolov, and Christensen whether the Rangers sputter along offensively or have an exciting year. 


What are your expectations from these players this season?

Posted by Kevin Baumer | August 9, 2010 at 04:47 pm

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