The New York Rangers made several notable acquisitions during the 2021 offseason. But what will these new faces bring to the table? Firstly, the Rangers acquired Former Lightning Forward Barclay Goodrow. Then the Rangers made a big move trading 1st liner Pavel Buchnevich in exchange for Forward Sammy Blais and a 2nd round pick. When Free Agency rolled around the Rangers made quite the splash. They Signed Patrik Nemeth, Jarred Tinordi, Greg Mckegg, and Dryden Hunt. The Rangers also resigned Filip Chytil for 2 years and $4.6M. The Rangers finally traded for Ryan Reaves from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for a 3rd round pick. The Rangers later extended Reaves for 1 year and $1.75M.
What will the New Acquisitions bring?
New York made it obvious this off-season that they needed more grit on the ice. So they decided to bring in arguably one of the biggest goons in the NHL, Ryan Reaves. Reaves has quite the history with Capitals’ Tom Wilson. After Wilson’s actions last season many believe he was one of the main reasons the Rangers decided to bring in much grit from Ryan Reaves, Patrik Nemeth, Jarred Tinordi, and more. This season you can most certainly expect a more physical team than years prior.
In the NHL draft, the Rangers held the 16th overall selection. With that pick, the Rangers selected LW Brendan Othmann. Othmann is a do it all type of guy according to various scouting reports. He has a great shot, great passing, and has a big body that can play physically if needed. The Rangers also selected Jayden Grubbe and Ryder Korczak in the 3rd round of the draft. Grubbe is a big center standing at 6’3” that has many skills on both sides of the puck. Korczak is one of the smaller players the Rangers drafted standing at 5’10” but he certainly makes up for that with his great puck handling. He also has a great shot and could be a great force on the power play with some development.
What can we expect from these new players?
Some of these players may not be in the starting lineup immediately. But, a few that will most likely be in the opening lineup are Barclay Goodrow and Ryan Reaves. From Reaves, we can expect him to play a big enforcer role on the ice and his size and physicality to his advantage. Barclay Goodrow isn’t quite like Reaves however, Goodrow is more of a playmaking 2-way depth player, and that is something the Rangers desperately needed this offseason. Some of the other acquisitions like Patrik Nemeth, Jarred Tinordi, Greg Mckegg, Dryden Hunt, and Sammy Blais are solid depth signings for the team and each brings something of their own.
This New York team will most certainly have a different look this season compared to years past with these acquisitions. But, the core of this team is still young and with these pieces, they keep adding this team can most certainly make a run for the cup within the next couple of years.