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Oscar Lindberg, fast becoming a top prospect for the Rangers
We have already discussed the expectations that may surround Jesper Fast as he looks to make the Rangers next season. When it comes to dealing with ‘reasonable expectations’ however, Oscar Lindberg may be on a hiding to nothing. When you’re an MVP, a league winner and an elite scorer in your domestic league people take notice and many people – media and fans alike – now eagerly anticipate Lindberg’s arrival in North American hockey.
With 42 points in 55 games in the defense first SEL (only three players scored over a point/game in 12-13), Lindberg exploded offensively compared to previous seasons. The Rangers may have anticipated a defensively sound, faceoff specialist (a team need). What they didn’t expect was a prospect arriving in North America as a potential NHL scoring forward.
Make no mistake, in the NHL Lindberg will still be judged primarily on his two way ability and his face off skills but the Swedish center has developed such an all round game that people have already speculated how high he can go in the franchise and whether he can be a legitimate offensive producer as an NHL’er. It appears people are of the opinion that it’s when not if Lindberg becomes a Ranger. Ethan Werek who?
Prior to free agency many speculated Lindberg would be a strong possibility to start the year in New York but with the arrival of Dominic Moore and Brian Boyle still on the roster it appears Lindberg has to win a spot rather than have one to lose. Thanks to his recent, sensational SEL campaign it appears that Lindberg has more scoring upside than either Moore or Boyle and he should be a cheaper option than Boyle so with a strong camp Lindberg may force Boyle to the wing or at the very least put himself in contention.
While the only sure thing at center next season is Derek Stepan (after all, we don’t know which Brad Richards to expect, or to what level Derick Brassard can play over an 82 game season) the Rangers have countless options down the middle with Stepan, Richards, Brassard, Boyle, Moore and Miller and that is without naming the prospects or AHL players who may be in contention.
Lindberg may be in the best position of all prospects heading into the pre-season in regards to winning a spot for opening night but it also wouldn’t be a surprise or a disappointment to see him opening his season with Connecticut. Like Fast, Lindberg still needs to acclimatize to the smaller rink.
The Rangers were patient with Artem Anisimov and developed the popular Russian into a fine two way NHL center. Anisimov played two full – one dominant – seasons with the Wolf Pack before eventually becoming a full time Ranger. Indeed, it took a 37 goal, 81 point AHL season for Anisimov to even get a first look at the NHL so if Oscar Lindberg doesn’t even see the NHL next season it should neither be a shock nor should it create angst among the fan base.
Aside from Chris Kreider maybe no prospect enters next year with greater expectancy than Oscar Lindberg and it his achievements since becoming Ranger property that has created the buzz. With Glen Sather publicly declaring that there will be room for prospects to play their way onto the NHL roster Lindberg will arrive with plenty to play for.
Oscar Lindberg will start the season in the AHL barring a spectacular, undeniable pre-season based purely on numbers already in New York. However a strong start with the Whale and any kind of sub-par returns from Brian Boyle or Brad Richards will see Lindberg called up to New York.
40 points and developing into a leader for the Whale and an Anisimov-like development curve would be more than satisfactory for the Rangers. Lindberg doesn’t need to panic, with Brad Richards no long term solution the Swede is destined for New York.
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MSG: something Rangers players won’t see much of in October
With the release of the 2013-2014 schedules, it was confirmed that the Rangers would kick off the year with a lengthy nine game road trip as Madison Square Garden’s renovation is finally completed. With teams such as the Penguins still very much a league heavyweight, the Islanders ever improving, and the Blue Jackets...
Markus Naslund barely avoided the upset yesterday.
As the offseason wears on, us and Matt Josephs of Blue Line Station (Twitter: 11Matt_Josephs8) will be running a tournament for the Best Ranger since the 2005 lockout. Yesterday we saw #6 Markus Naslund squeak by #11 Colton Orr. Today’s matchup is #3 Ryan McDonagh vs. #14 Mike Rupp:
Ryan McDonagh (acquired – 2009 trade with Canadiens...
In a piece over at the Toronto Sun, Arron Asham tells Kevin Hirschfield that he expects a looser environment in the Rangers locker room this season because of the departure of John Tortorella...
"He's very intense and he wants to get the most out of his players," said Asham. "He does a decent job of doing that, but when you're in the same spot for a certain...
The Rangers have spent more time this season focused on keeping their own rather than shopping in the expensive free agent market aisles as they typically do. Because of their cap constraints, the Rangers have been precluded from making notable free agent additions this offseason. This situation may ultimately prove to be a blessing since [...]
Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that while Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin will be sidelined for the first few weeks of the year, it won't be enough time to qualify for the long-term injury exemption.
In order for a player to be eligible to be placed on long term injured reserve (LTIR) the injury must cause them to miss at least 10 games or 24 days.
The 2014 NHL schedule has been released, and the Rangers will be playing in the newly formed Metropolitan Division with the Devils, Flyers, Penguins, Islanders, Capitals, Hurricanes, and Blue Jackets.
As for the schedule, the Rangers will open on October 3 in Phoenix. That game will be the first of nine games in a row on the road, as MSG plans to re-open its doors after the third...
Pierre LeBrun at ESPN reports that Brad Richards has been working out with Martin St. Louis in Connecticut lately, and sounds like a man hell bent on proving to people he’s still an elite player.
And if you don't believe LeBrun, check out this pic Richards tweeted out last week...
...the first thing that comes to my mind looking at this pic is what the hell is...
from Kevin Hirschfield at the Toronto Sun,
And he's also looking forward to entering what he thinks will be a looser environment in the Rangers dressing room.
Former coach and current Canucks bench boss John Tortorella, known for his fiery demeanour, took a lot of heat for the team's underachieving superstars which led to a second-round playoff exit last season and...
JT Miller, the Rangers 2011 first-round pick, made his NHL debut last year showing off his skills on the big stage. The 20- year- old Center has accomplished so much already. He possesses a plethora of international experience and was a member of the US’s entry in the 2013 World Junior Championships leading the [...]
Artem Anisimov won yesterday in a landslide.
As the offseason wears on, us and Matt Josephs of Blue Line Station (Twitter: 11Matt_Josephs8) will be running a tournament for the Best Ranger since the 2005 lockout. Yesterday we saw #4 Artem Anisimov take out #13 Erik Christensen. Today’s matchup is #6 Markus Naslund vs. #11 Colton Orr:
Markus Naslund (acquired – 2008 unrestricted...
In case you haven't noticed there's a big gaping hole in the 2013-14 NHL schedule from February 9th thru the 25th. And the reason for that? The Olympics of course.
On Friday, the NHL announced that an agreement has been reached with the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to secure participation of NHL players in the...
Ryan McDonagh won by a blowout yesterday.
As the offseason wears on, us and Matt Josephs of Blue Line Station (Twitter: 11Matt_Josephs8) will be running a tournament for the Best Ranger since the 2005 lockout. Yesterday we saw #3 Ryan McDonagh blow out #14 Mike Rupp. Today’s matchup is #7 Blair Betts vs. #10 Marcel Hossa:
Blair Betts (acquired – 2004 trade with Flames)