The New York Rangers have had a regular, steady graduation of excellent prospects to the NHL over the last five to seven years, which has accounted in part for the competitiveness of the team. When combined with free-agent pickups who are in or just past their prime, the prospects have helped make the team a Stanley Cup contender for the last several years. The goal of every organization is to win a Cup, and every player on the team has a window of opportunity to do so. Certainly, star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is within his window, and the Rangers have surrounded him with the players to win either this season or in the next two or three. Read more»
It seems like a distant memory now, but just six or seven years ago, the New York Rangers had few homegrown players on their NHL roster. Big name free agents were the norm for this original six team, with few of the team's prospects ever appearing in more than one or two games on Broadway.
The Western conference has long been the OHL‘s powerhouse side of the bracket and while this season marks a bit of a re-building season for many of the traditional top talents, there are a few clubs looking to make an impact en route to a Memorial Cup berth.
Last season, the Owen Sound Attack surprised many by claiming the OHL crown from the prohibitive favorites Mississauga St. Mikes. Owen Sound is one of many teams that suffered significant losses due to graduation, which leaves the field wide open with almost all clubs believing they either have the goods to make another run, or join past favorites at the top!