This season, especially since the trade deadline, the New York Rangers have held an audition of sorts. The players being evaluated are mainly rookies, new acquisitions, and pending free agents. Who among them deserve a roster spot come October?
The New York Rangers’ roster in October 2018 will look radically different than the team that took the ice this past October.
Already gone are the likes of Ryan McDonagh, J.T.Miller, Rick Nash, Michael Grabner and Nick Holden. Between the prospect of additional trades, as well as free agent signings, more changes are on the way.
Now that the disastrous 2017-18 season is over, Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton has his work cut out for him as he decides which of his current players he wants to keep. The decisions he has to make involve players who are pending free agents and rookies.
Through departures due to trades and injuries, many players were given the opportunity to play significant NHL minutes as rookies and/or in expanded roles.
For the free agents, Gorton needs to decide who he is offering a new contract to (potentially through arbitration) and which he will trade. For the rookies, the question he faces is: “Are they ready for a full-time NHL job?”
We’ll take a look at which five current Rangers players should be on the team come opening day 2018. In alphabetical order here they are: