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Why Kaapo Kakko Will Have A Breakout Year Next Season

Reading Time: 2 minutesOn August 5th, the Rangers were swept in three games to the opposing Carolina Hurricanes, as their top line, including Sebastian Aho, cruised through the New York Rangers. The Rangers couldn’t get much momentum against their strong opponent.  However, one player in that series who really hit his stride with great potential was the Rangers 2nd overall pick, Kaapo Kakko. During the pause prior to this series, Kakko went back home to get some additional ice time with his coaches alongside teammate Alexander Georgiev.  Upon his return to training camp, the Coaching Staff of the New...

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Is Alexis Lafrenière The Next Pavel Brendl?

Reading Time: 2 minutesIn the 1999 NHL Draft, the New York Rangers selected a “can’t miss” prospect with the fourth overall pick. His career will infamously live on in Rangers’ lure, however as one of the biggest draft busts in NHL history. Star in the Making Leading up to 1999 draft, Pavel Brendl was looked as if he would emerge as one of the next best players in the NHL. After scoring 134 points in 68 games as a 17 year old in the Western Hockey League (WHL), scouts were sure Brendl had what it took to become the next...

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Breaking Down Alexis Lafreniere: The Future of the Rangers

Reading Time: 3 minutes The NHL Draft Lottery drama has finally concluded with the first overall pick headed to Manhattan. The Rangers will almost certainly select Alexis Lafreniere, unless approached with a deal from another team for the first overall pick.
The 18 year old Quebec native stands at 6 foot 1and weighs in at roughly 192lbs. A great size for an entering draft pick, while most kids have to be judged by potential size and ability, Alexis starts at a very good base and could become a great physical presence. Although it’s not a physical presence that gets you a “secured” first overall spot, Alexis put up 42, 37, and 35 goals for 80, 105, and 112 points in three seasons for the Rimouski Oceanic. He was the QMJHL MVP and CHL player of the year for his dominant performance in 13 playoff games, 9 goals and 14 assists for 23 points.

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Jaroslav Halak: A Possible Miracle Maker Again

Reading Time: 2 minutesIt was not all that of an unexpected blow to the Presidents’ Trophy winning Bruins Saturday morning when number one goaltender and Vezina finalist Tuukka Rask chose to opt out of the NHL postseason as his team looks to take control of their first round match-up with Carolina.  In a statement released by the team, Rask who has three young children, said: “I want to be with my teammates competing, but at this moment there are things more important than hockey in my life, and that is being with my family. I want to thank the...

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Breaking Down The Islanders-Panthers Series: What New York Needs To Do

Reading Time: 2 minutes There were plenty of questions preceding Saturday’s game between the Islanders and panthers for each team. The Panthers had obvious defensive concerns, outside of Ekblad the Panthers league-trailing defense is only complimented by Keith Yandle’s offensive abilities. Along with poor defense, the Panthers had reason to be concerned about two-time Vezina winner Sergei Bobrovsky. He’s had a lackluster year but although doubted, showed up on saturday as one of the only positive notes to an outskated and outworked Panthers club. 

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