Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 4/22/13
Reasons for optimism up front in New York The quality of opposition hasn’t been the toughest in the past few games but deadline day acquisitions, the return to form of several players and recently found consistency among the forward ranks has seen the Rangers production up front really take off in recent games. All this bodes well for a trip to the playoffs and, perhaps most promisingly, beyond this season. Whether the Rangers retain a Ryane Clowe, re-sign Mats Zuccarello or push through a JT Miller or Chris Kreider remains to be seen but the way some of the younger forwards have developed this season means the forward group’s well documented struggles this year may have been overblown. Kids such as Stepan and Hagelin have, for the most part produced while the team has changed on the fly. The additionally acquired  depth has perhaps been an underrated aspect of the Rangers recent upturn in form as a group. Is it a coincidence that Brad Richards has gotten better as Brassard started receiving
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