THE BANDWAGON PERSPECTIVE
The Rangers are one of the NHL’s most historic teams and part of the NHL Original Six. The Blueshirts are coming off their worst season since the 2003-04 campaign.
The Rangers hope to move past their 2018 struggles and hired Head Coach, David Quinn in May to help through the rebuild. Quinn has had a successful career as head coach of Boston University, leading the team to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances in his last four years with the Terriers. Look for Quinn to do great things for the New York Rangers over the coming years.
The Rangers have a lot of young talent including Defenseman, Brady Skjei, who signed a 6-year, $31.5M contract in July, this past Summer. Skjei regressed in his second season with the Rangers, posting 25 points (39 in 2017) and a -27 rating (+11 in 2017). However, the Rangers struggled as a whole defensively. The 6’3” 24-year-old is coming off his second full season with the Rangers and will surely bounce back in 2019.
The Rangers struggled defensively in 2018 allowing the second-most shots against per game (35.3), behind only the New York Islanders for worst in the NHL. Along with the abundance of shots allowed, the Rangers also ended the season in ranked 28thin goals against (263). For the Rangers to succeed in 2019, they will have to bolster their D line.
Look for the top line of Kreider – Zibanejad – Buchnevich to carry much of the offensive load this season during the team’s rebuild.
2019 Season Projection: 31 – 41 – 10 (72 points), 7thin Metropolitan Division.