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Which line do you expect Chris Kreider to be on to start the season?

1st line - Zibanejad
2nd line - Strome
3rd line - Goodrow/Chytil

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RUMOR MILL

Thursday - August 26th

A contract with the last remaining RFA, Libor Hajek appears imminent according to Mollie Walker in the New York Post.

In some ways it's curious as to why the negotiations have taken this long, with Hajek not projected to be in the starting line-up at this point and perhaps more likely to be used as part of a future trade or to be used as depth in case of injury.

  MORE RUMORS...
 INJURY REPORT
Kaapo Kakko 5/8
Sat out for preventative reasons in last game
 
Julien Gauthier 5/6
Left the game after seemingly twisting/spraining his knee on a hit along the boards
 
Artemi Panarin 5/4
Is expected to miss the rest of the season
 
Ryan Lindgren 5/10
Is feeling a lot better that he was, no mention of on-going concerns
 
Chris Kreider 5/10
Mentioned that he had back spasms that he could not shake the last two weeks of the season
 
Jacob Trouba 5/10
Feeling much better, and probably would have returned this week if the Rangers were still playing
 
  MORE INJURY NEWS...
SEPTEMBER 24TH, 2014
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  RANDOM RANGER

JIM KRULICKI
(1970-1971)
  Born: Mar 9 - 1948  
  Position: Left Wing  
  Games Played: 27  
  Goals: 0  
  Assists: 2  
  Points: 2  
  Penalty Minutes: 6  
 
 ► 2021 TRAINING CAMP
 CAMP ANALYSIS  
CAMP INFORMATION
Location
Greenburgh, NY
September 22nd


PRESEASON RESULTS
Sep 26th
Sep 28th
Oct 1st
Oct 2nd
Oct 6th
Oct 9th

ROSTER
Invitees: TBD
Remaining: TBD
Maximum Roster: 23

CALENDAR
September
22  Training Camp
26  NHL Pre-Season Opener
October
9  Final Pre-Season Game
12  NHL Opener
13  Rangers Opener

PROJECTED ROSTER
FORWARDS
Morgan Barron
Sammy Blais
Jonny Brodzinski
Jaroslav Chmelar
Filip Chytil
Eric Ciccolini
Will Cuylle
Jake Elmer
Julien Gauthier
Tim Gettinger
Barclay Goodrow
Anthony Greco
Jayden Grubbe
Karl Henriksson
Riley Hughes
Dryden Hunt
Kaapo Kakko
Patrick Khodorenko
Ryder Korczak
Vitali Kravtsov
Chris Kreider
Alexis Lafreniere
Greg McKegg
Brennan Othmann
Lauri Pajuniemi
Artemi Panarin
Ryan Reaves
Matthew Rempe
Justin Richards
Ty Ronning
Kevin Rooney
Austin Rueschhoff
Ryan Strome
Kalle Vaisanen
Evan Vierling
Mika Zibnajed
DEFENSE
Anthony Bitetto
Adam Fox
Mason Geertsen
Libor Hajek
Zac Jones
Hank Kempf
Simon Kjellberg
Ryan Lindgren
Nils Lundkvist
K'Andre Miller
Patrik Nemeth
Tarno Reunanen
Matthew Robertson
Braden Schneider
Hunter Skinner
Jarred Tinordi
Jacob Trouba
GOALTENDERS
Taylor Boyko
Dylan Garand
Alexandar Georgiev
Adam Huska
Keith Kinkaid
Igor Shesterkin
Tyler Wall
NOT ATTENDING
Leevi Aaltonen
Adam Edstrom
Brody Lamb
Olof Lindbom
Hugo Ollas
Jacob Ragnarsson
Calle Sjalin
Oliver Tarnstrom

LATEST CAMP NEWS
Development camp: First impressions of NY Rangers prospects
Lohud - September 11th
Drury addresses Rangers' defense surplus and captaincy opening
New York Newsday - September 10th
Rangers answer key Filip Chytil question ' but another still lingers
New York Post - September 9th
Rangers, Chris Drury intend to fill captain vacancy with 'right person'
New York Post - September 9th
Top 10 prospects for the NY Rangers: No. 6 Matthew Robertson
Lohud - September 8th
Rangers closing in on Libor Hajek contract ahead of training camp
New York Post - August 26th

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 Projected Forwards - First Line
Chris Kreider Mika Zibanejad Alexis Lafreniere
It seems likely that Mika Zibanejad and Alexis Lafreniere will be on the top line, but there perhaps remains some question as to whether Chris Kreider retains his place or which of Kreider of Lafreniere switches to their off-wing.  Kreider probably has the inside track with the new coach, who may lean against making wholesale changes to begin with and look to see if he can rejuvenate Kreider's game.

Lafreniere started to get his legs under him as his rookie season went on, and seems the most prepared to be on the top line with Zibanejad, so it would seem like a good chance that this is your 1A line to start the year.  Alternatives might include switching Kreider down to the third line and bringing up a second young winger.  Kaapo Kakko in that case could slot into the right wing slot and Lafreniere would be on his natural left.

 Projected Forwards - Second Line
Artemi Panarin Ryan Strome Kaapo Kakko
The pairing of Artemi Panarin and Ryan Strome looks set to continue for a third season, despite all attempts by the Rangers to replace Strome.  The real question is who will be the third part of the line.  Kaapo Kakko saw some duty last year, and while his defensive game in particular improved a lot last season, it reamins to be seen whether he can gel offensively with his older and more experienced linemates.  Alternatively Gallant might go with Vitali Kravtsov on the right, a player who has limited NHL experience at this stage of his career, but showed some positive signs, particularly when he was first inserted into the line-up.

 Projected Forwards - Third Line
Barclay Goodrow Filip Chytil Vitali Kravtsov
The third line is perhaps the hardest one to construct at this point of the season, with the Rangers caught in a transition between the offensive mindset of the previous regime and the new harder edged version that Crhis Drury is looking to transition to.  Barclay Goodrow was signed to six years and a significant increase over his previous contract and looks set to be on the third line, either as a wing or center. 

Filip Chytil too is coming off a newly signed contract, and at this point is the only center signed beyond this season.  To say the style of play between Goodrow and Chytil on paper don't seem to match would be an understatement.
It might make sense to shift Chris Kreider down to this line and perhaps even Kaapo Kakko, and have Goodrow in the middle, though at this stage it seems possible that the Rangers will start with Vitali Kravtsov on the right.

Another choice might be to move Goodrow down to the fourth line and perhaps insert Morgan Barron onto the third, though seems a less likely path, and wouldn't look great for Chris Drury's premier signing for the off-season.

 Projected Forwards - Fourth Line
Sammy Blais Kevin Rooney Ryan Reaves
This year's fourth line looks set to be your classic banging line with the addition of Sammy Blais and Ryan Reaves. Kevin Rooney looks the best bet to win the fourth line center role, though that could easily change if Blais gets another one of his frequent injuries or it's decided to rest Reaves.

Ryan Reaves looks a certainty given Gallant's penchant to go with guys he's trusted in the past, and even while he's 34 and is in the twilight of his career, the coach is likely to stick with him until it's abundantly clear there's not a regular role for him.

That means Morgan Barron and Dryden Hunt will likely have to significantly outplay Sammy Blais in camp in order to win a spot on the roster, with Rooney likely well ahead of both given his ability to play on the PK too.


 Projected Forwards: Reserves
Dryden Hunt Greg McKegg
How many reserve forwards the Rangers keep up remains to be seen, but given their current Cap situation, they have the room to go with a full 23 man roster.  Dryden Hunt looks to be a good shot to be held in reserve here as a depth winger, as does Greg McKegg, who rejoins the team after a one year stint with Boston.  In the case of Hunt, there's an outside chance he beats out Blais for the final fourth line spot, whereas McKegg would likely need an injury to push his case for the starting line-up.

OTHER NOTBALE FORWARDS

Morgan Barron - Originally thought to be a lock, now looks like he'll start the year in Hartford
Will Cuylle - Worth keeping an eye on, could be a call-up during the year with a good season
Julien Gauthier - Hard to see where Gauthier fits now, and he could be lost on waivers or via trade
Karl Henriksson - If he does indeed make it to camp, will return to Sweden this year
Brennan Othmann (1st camp) - 1st round pick, could get a little longer look in camp
Lauri Pajuniemi (1st camp) - Another prospect forward that will be worth getting a look at
Justin Richards - Had his NHL debut last seasson, but is projected to be in Hartford

Veterans expected to play in Hartford:
Jonny Brodzinski
Tim Gettinger
Anthony Greco

First Camp:
Jaroslav Chmelar - 2021 Draft Pick
Eric Ciccolini - 2019 Draft Pick
Jayden Grubbe - 2021 Draft Pick
Riley Hughes - 2018 Draft Pick
Patrick Khodorenko - UFA signing
Ryder Korczak - 2021 Draft Pick
Brody Lamp - 2021 Draft Pick
Matthew Rempe - 2020 Draft Pick
Austin Rueschhoff - UFA signing
Kalle Vaisanen - 2021 Draft Pick
Evan Vierling - 2020 Draft Pick

 Projected Defense - 1st Pair
Ryan Lindgren Adam Fox
Not much uncertainty about the top pair this time round, with Norris trophy winner Adam Fox back with Ryan Lindgren for their third season. It's hard to see there being any change here.

 Projected Defense - 2nd Pair
K'Andre Miller Jacob Trouba
Like the first pair, the second pair of defensemen seems to be pretty well determined after a strong rookie season by K'Andre Miller who impressed out of development camp and then forced his way into the starting line-up. Voted to the league's rookie all-star team, Miller looks set for a long future on the blueline.   The only real question here is whether the Rangers will make Jacob Trouba their official captain.

 Projected Defense - 3rd Pair
Patrik Nemeth Nils Lundkvist
Off-season signing Patrik Nemeth becomes the projected third pair left defensemen, at least in the short term.  With Zac Jones and Matthew Robertson potentially pushing claims for a starting role, he'll need to play well enough to keep them out of the line-up.  There is some question as to who he'll pair with though, with most thinking that the promising Nils Lundkvist will be the one to take that step.  Signing his first NHL contract back in May, there's plenty to look forward to with the young Swede, particularly on the offensive side of the ice.

If Lundkvist looks like he needs some time to adjust, then Zac Jones would seemingly be first in line to take the spot.  The natural left sided defender is comfortable on either side, and played well enough last year to suggest he'll be able to play in the NHL on a regular basis.  Another name to consider is 2020 first round pick, Braden Schneider.   Since the Rangers moved up a couple of spots to draft him, he's continued his progression as the type of defender most organizations are constantly in search of. 

Lundkvist having an extra year on Schneider might give him a little more leeway, but either way the future looks good on the Rangers blueline.

 Projected Defense - Reserves
Jared Tinordi
Veteran defender Jarred Tinordi looks the odds-on favorite to take the reserve defenseman's spot, a position he's well accustomed to at this stage of his career.  If the Rangers elect to keep two defenders, then Libor Hajek might get a look in as well, but it seems most likely that they'll either trade Hajek or have him start in Hartford.

OTHER NOTBALE DEFENSEMEN

Mason Geertsen - Free agent signing last year, may end up being moved to forward
Libor Hajek - Played a good part of last season thanks to injuries, but looks set to be back in Hartford
Zac Jones - Finished the year as a regular, but projects to start in Hartford unless he can beat out Lundkvist
Tarmo Reunanen - Had his NHL debut last season, but will be pushed further down the depth chart
Matthew Robertson - A solid prospect for the Rangers, could be a future left side defender who can play both ends
Braden Schneider - If Lundkvist wasn't in camp, he might be battling Jones for that last defensive spot
Hunter Skinner - Joined the Wolf Pack last season and could be a potential depth defender on a shallower team

Veterans expected to play in Hartford:
Anthony Bitetto

First Camp:
Hank Kempf - 2021 Draft Pick
Simon Kjellberg - 2018 Draft Pick

 Projected Goaltending
Igor Shesterkin Alexandar Georgiev
A record-setting contract for Igor Shesterkin has made him the undisputed starter of this team, although he'd pretty much sewn that up after Alexandar Georgiev struggled last year.  As it stands now Shesterkin will likely get 70-80% of the starts, with Georgiev relegated to the role of backup.  There's a chance that a poor camp (or a trade) could push Keith Kinkaid into contention, but at least going in, it's Georgiev's position to lose.

OTHER NOTBALE GOALIES

Dylan Garand - Probably the best prospective netminder in the Rangers system, got a taste of the AHL last year
Adam Huska - Had a pretty good season in Hartford last season, but is fourth on the depth chart right now
Tyler Wall - Struggled in his first pro year, will be looking for improvement in 2021-22 and may end up being in Jacksonville

Veterans expected to play in Hartford:
Keith Kinkaid

First Camp:
Taylor Boyko - 2021 Draft Pick