New York Rangers : 2014-2015

The New York Rangers enter 2014-2015 as the defending Eastern Conference champions. The team brings a lot back. Here’s a look at the opening night roster and the players you’ll be seeing this year.

Goaltenders

Lundqvist – Count on Lundqvist being his usual self again this year and starting 55-60 games.

Talbot – He’s claimed the backup role. There’s really no threat to him as option B.

Call Ups / Spares

Desjardins – Unlikely to see NHL time.

Missianen – 6’8 goaltender is an interesting project.

Defensemen

McDonagh – As solid as they come at this level. Will be counted on for leadership.

Staal – Big year for Staal, needs to be healthy and consistent.

Girardi – No worries here, shut-down defender.

Boyle – The big signing, he’s a bit older but hasn’t slowed down much.

Moore – Long known as a great skater, Rangers brought him back.

Klein – 6th defenseman, probably bottom pair with Moore.

Call Ups / Spares

Mat Bodie – Captained Union to an NCAA Championship. 2-way defender, more of a defensive role in pros.

Dylan McIlrath – Long look in camp, if somebody goes down, probably will be called up.

Steven Kampher – Former Michigan Wolverine will likely be an AHLer.

Matt Hunwick – Another former Wolverine, might see some NHL time.

Forwards 

Stepan – Management loves him, good offensive player.

Brassard – Needs to show something this year, with the right line-mates he can score.

Zuccarello – Can the undersized Swiss overachiever repeat his 2013-2014 campaign?

St. Louis – Wasn’t really that impressive since arriving from Tampa Bay. If he’s his usual self though the Rangers should have one of the best offenses in the Conference.

Nash – Talk about a player with something to prove. Nash needs to prove that he’s an elite NHL forward.

Kreider – Big, strong, young, fast, but the numbers are inconsistent. Should be a top-6 forward.

Hagelin – Like Zuccarello and Kreider, fighting for a top-6 spot, one of the fastest players in the league.

Fast – Will likely earn a roster spot. With the depth here though likely won’t see much ice time.

Stempniak – Could be a victim of the numbers game, good offensive threat but where will he fit?

D. Moore – Provides what you want from a bottom 6 forward, all grit, no flash.

Malone – Has off-ice issues, but the Rangers are taking a flyer on the big winger.

Miller – Has to prove he’s an NHL forward and likely will, big and strong.

Call Ups / Spares

Ryan Haggerty – Scores goals, period. Was an under the radar signing, but lit it up in pre-season.

Danny Kristo – Put up big numbers at North Dakota and in the AHL.

Ryan Bourque – Undersized forward could see a call up or two, primarily an AHLer.

Chris Bourque – Returns to North America, will likely be an AHLer though.

Kevin Hayes – Big free agent signee out of Boston College, game translates well to pros.

Matt Lombardi – Has NHL experience, D.Moore type of role player.

Wolfpack

F Nick Tarnasky
F Tanner Glass
F Marek Hrivik
F Chris Mueller
F Oscar Lindberg
F Ryan Potulny
F Anthony Duclair (or back to Q)
F Ryan Haggerty
F Chris Bourque
F Ryan Bourque
F Matt Lombardi
F Danny Kristo
F Kevin Hayes

D Conor Allen
D Tommy Hughes
D Petr Zamorski
D Mat Bodie
D Matt Hunwick
D Steven Kampher
D Dylan McIlrath

G Cedrick Desjardins
G Jason Missiaen

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