Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 8/10/12

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Christian Thomas, drafted in the second round by the New York Rangers, is interviewed during day two of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 26, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Corey Masisak of NHL.com took his best shot at predicting the New York Rangers' forward lines and defense pairings for the 2012-2013 season. In his predicitions, he leaves out Marian Gaborik, who will be recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and Mike Sauer, still recovering from a concussion.Forwards:Hagelin-Richards-NashKreider-Stepan-CallahanPyatt-Boyle-ThomasRupp-Halpern-AshamHaley (extra forward) These are identical to the lines I predicted a few weeks back, with the only change being Thomas in place of Bourque. If Thomas does make the team, I'm hoping his strength and hockey I.Q. make up for the lack of size he'll need to play on a checking line. Here's Masisak's reasoning for why Christian Thomas, not J.T. Miller, gets the nod in his lineup.Aside from Kreider, who stepped into the lineup during the playoffs but has never played a regular-season game, Thomas and J.T. Miller are probably the Rangers' most exciting prospects -- but Kris Newbury, Ryan Bourque and Chad Kola...
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