The 2021-22 Rangers Year
The New York Rangers 2021-22 season was one for the books. With the Rangers making the playoffs for the first time in 5 years, there is a lot to look forwards too. In a season where the NHL came back to their regular format for the first time in 2 years, they outperformed expectations, to say the least. Players going into the record books, a phenomenal season by our netminders, and an all-around great year has re-ignited hope in fans. With all that said, the season has ended and it is time to give out some awards.
This award is one that a player from the Rangers was nominated for this year. Igor Shesterkin is the obvious choice for this award. Posting a stat line of a .935 SV%, a 2.07 GAA, and a W-L record of 36-13-4, Igor took home the Vezina and the best goalie in the NHL.
While many players could take this award home, it is hard to give it to anyone but Artemi Panarin who had 96 points. Panarin has been a top 10 winger in the league for years now and this year was no exception. Adam fox gave Breadman a run for his money putting up 74pts in 78 games.
Runner-up Adam Fox, Chris Kreider.
Some may not agree with this, but it needs to be a shared award. This pairing had the most 5v5 minutes in the NHL this year. K’Andre Miller and Jacob Trouba, were lights out all year. This pairing was one of the best in the league. Both players are very similar in play style, the only difference is, Miller is a ripe 22 and Trouba is a veteran 28 year old. Both play great 2-way styles where their big frames and skating make them lethal.
This is no question with this award and the NHL has very few who do it better than Adam Fox. Fox who is 24 has already won a Norris as the leagues best defenseman. This Long Island native who is a hometown hero is one of the best on the ice every night and always shows up.
Runner-up K’andre Miller, Ryan Lindgren.
This was more obvious than the Fox selection. Igor Shesterkin was lights out all year. This goalie was the heart of the team and when he played off, everybody fell apart. Being backed by Alexandar Georgiev, whatever you believe about Georgiev he was good all year, especially going 8-1 post-deadline.
Best Team Player
One player had to sit by a lot and take a lot of crap from fans and media alike. Alexandar Georgiev was by far the biggest team player this year. This player showed up every day and played great, with a lot of uncertainty with his future of New York, AG, was all any fan could ask for and more.
This is a toss-up between Alexis Lafreniere and Kaapo Kakko. In the end, though, it has to go to Kaapo Kakko due to Lafreniere embracing more of a grit-grinder role. Neither of these players has found their game at the NHL level, but Kakko really is struggling to adjust to the North American/NHL level and style of play.
Runner-up Alexis Lafreniere, Ryan strome