Are the Rangers a serious playoff contender?

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  1. SteveH124

    SteveH124 In Lou I Trust

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    And what a handsome face he is.
     
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    Pavel Buchnevich AV AND GORTON OUT

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    Namestnikov sucks. Don’t be fooled by his point totals playing on a line with Stamkos and Kucherov. He has 35 points in 97 games for the Rangers. He’s a 9th forward.
     
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    This will be funny next Spring. Actually, I think it funny right now.
     
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  4. WhiskeyYourTheDevils

    WhiskeyYourTheDevils yer leadin me astray Sponsor

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    On paper they look like they should make a run for a playoff spot, but we've seen too often how being good on paper doesn't translate.

    I'd say it's a coin flip.
     
  5. aufheben

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    They’ll probably stick suck, albeit not quite as much as last year. Beyond that there’s just too many wildcards to say with any certainty how much improvement should be expected.

    Trouba’s effect on Skjei; The new team and role’s effect on Trouba; How will Kakko and Kravtsov do; Goaltending splits between Georgiev/Lundqvist/Shesterkin; Will one of Chytil/Andersson/Howden take the next step; Hajek/whoever is holding the 3LD spot; DeAngelo continuing or building upon his last season; Will Fox bounce between the NHL/AHL, have a decent season or an exceptional season; Who is going to win the 2C spot; Will Panarin play with Zibanejad or carry his own line; Will Kreider be moved before or during the season, if at all; Can Buchnevich find a new level, or is he what he is; Are the dickweed refs done hazing Quinn?

    Large potential, larger uncertainty.

    Hayes, Zuccarello, Vesey, Shattenkirk, Pionk; 3F/2D—168 points.

    Panarin (82 [career avg],) Kakko (40 [based roughly on post-2005 2OAs],) Trouba (33 [based on career avg pre-2018-19],) Fox (14 [req. pts to top 168, conservative].) 2F/2D, discounting Kravtsov—169 points.

    So, replacing lost production should not be a problem, although there are obviously any number of factors (i.e. injuries,) that could throw a wrench into it; For that reason, I tried to keep the projections as conservative as possible. It may have been better to use a difference metric like goals created or GAR/WAR, but oh well. Additionally, Panarin is an excellent possession player, and Kakko certainly has all the making of one, too; Trouba, even with an underwhelming season, will nonetheless be a vast improvement over Pionk.

    Definitely no shortage of things to keep an eye on. This is uncharted territory for the franchise. I don’t think drafting Kakko will really sink for anyone until the first game. I mean I’m still getting used to even having 1st round picks again to begin with.
     
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  6. LT Dan

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    they might make it, but they aren't a serious contender
     
  7. Hockey Crazy

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    Why, you think they're going to run over the metro or something?
     
  8. aufheben

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    Think he means the Isles.
     
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    Contender to make the playoffs? Sure. I still think they're a year away from the playoffs. I can't see them making a run if they make it.
     
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    Could be but more liky not.
     
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    Not even close
     
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    Definitely not. The team isn't that good
     
  13. Kaapo Cabana

    Kaapo Cabana Formerly Dr Chin Richalds

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    Id put it at 30%

    If they made the playoffs I wouldn't be totally shocked, but its definitely not expected.
     
  14. WesMcCauley

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    I wouldnt be surprised if Brett Howden is the center that slots in at the 2nd line center position. Think he could be a really good player and he showed that last season. He was unlucky and got injured which obviously hurt his development and point production last season.
     
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    I doubt you are close on the order of finish. Lets leave it at that.
     
  16. Luigi Lemieux

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    In a league where more than half the teams make the playoffs i wouldn't definitively rule out anything. There are big surprises every single year.
     
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    i agree.
     
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    Yeah maybe not... just my opinion and the division will be close. Obviously your favorite team is in the out category.
     
  19. haveandare

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    It’s certainly possible but I wouldn’t count on it. Depends a lot on how the kids do.
     
  20. KirkAlbuquerque

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    We’ll hang around the wild card but idk if we make it this season
     

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