Sunday, May 17, 2009

Bombing on Broadway

With high expectations and little follow through, the New York Rangers fell apart once again this season. This season proved again that there are huge problems in the Big Apple. The Rangers went through scoring droughts, a coaching change, Avery’s antics and a game 7 disappointment to the high flying Capitals. Their need for a true goal scorer should be front and center this off-season but will they have the budget as GM Glen Sather seems to overpay just about everyone that puts on a Rangers jersey.

Sean Avery – The ultimate agitator in the league, Avery spent the majority of the season away from the NHL. When he plays he is the most hated player by opponents and teammates. He is a questionable keeper now and may be on his last legs in the league. Draft him at your own risk as the reward may be high.

Scott Gomez – Highly talented, Gomez may be the most overpaid player in the league. Having a career season in New Jersey years ago, he signed a huge contract in New York and has never lived up to his hype. Owners should look elsewhere on draft day for a centerman. There are plenty of young centers with greater upside than Gomez who is on a downwards slide.

Chris Drury – A leader by nature, Drury should be looked at as a depth center as he has only been consistently around the 60 point mark for a couple seasons now. Draft him in mid to late rounds.

Nik Antropov – A career year with 59 points should indicate to owners that Antropov is merely a depth player on most fantasy teams. While he does offer PIMS as an incentive to draft him, being a UFA may offer more upside come draft day. Look for Antropov to fall of draft day and may be had late or on waivers.

Nikolai Zherdev – A proto-typical Russian player, Zheredev oozes will natural ability. When he is not in the coaches doghouse, he can be found on the top line. An RFA this offseason, there are whispers Zherdev may play in Russia next season. He may not be cut out for the hard hitting league.

Brandon Dubinsky – A streaky scores with an edge. Dubinsky mirrored last year’s totals while upping his PIMS. He has a good upside but is not draft worthy yet. Look for him when he heats up on the waiver wire.

Ryan Callahan – Upping his totals each year, Callahan spent time on the top line at the end of the season scoring some big goals for the Rangers. He has the ability to put up points and get PIMS which offers GMS more incentive to draft him in late rounds.

Michal Rozsival – The most offensive dman the Rangers have, Rozsival took a step back last season. Look at him as a sleeper dman as he does have the potential to put up better number than last year.

Henrik Lundqvist – One of the most talented goaltenders in the league, Lundqvist has the ability to steal games. Looked upon as a top goalie in the league, he is as only good as the goal starved Rangers most nights. He should be drafted in the first 3 rounds of any draft.

The following players have little to no fantasy value and should be looked at a depth players only: Wade Redden, Daniel Girardi, Paul Mara, Derek Morris and Marc Staal.


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