Read: The Rangers depth at center and how it could impact the season

Dan Rosen believes that the Rangers depth at center is a question mark heading into the season. (NHL)

Rosen says, “I look at what happened in the Stanley Cup Final and they were beaten down the middle. Do the Rangers have enough center depth? Derek Stepan, I think he is a really good number two center, he has to play the number one role. Derick Brassard is a good number three and has to play as the two. Dominic Moore is a nice fourth line center. I look at the center depth and wonder if they have enough. They probably do in the Eastern Conference but I wonder when you look around the rest of the league.” (NHL)

JT Miller, Matthew Lombardi and Oscar Lindberg are expected to compete for the third line center spot.

Asked about the playoffs, Rosen said, “I think they get back into the playoffs, they are right there behind Pitt in the Metro. If Boyle can play Stralman’s minutes and improve the PP, that will help them. I think they get back in the playoffs.”

EJ Hradek added,  “I think they will be back in and then get to do some damage when they get there.” (NHL)

Craig Custance thinks that it will be hard for the Rangers to duplicate what they did last year because of their loss of depth. He does say that the Rangers have too much talent to miss the playoffs. (ESPN)

 




4 comments
Vic Scarpelli
Vic Scarpelli

So we realize they made the finals w this right? Richards gone but he's trending down and miller is a top prospect. They are not gonna pull a top C out if their arse so they will deal w it

craig
craig

I think they are both young and have not peaked at their respective career slots. Both I believe are top 6 forwards. Maybe not a superstar or top flight #1 center.

But, if you asked me when building a team, if id rather spend money on a stastny or be able to have elite goaltender with a top tier defense, I would say in a cap league you are more like to win spending the money on top 4 d and world class goalie. Not every position will be filled with elite talent in this world, and is something every team needs to navigate.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

Based on paper, the lack of depth for the Rangers at the center position is an issue. I understand that you do not win on paper, however; Stepan is not a #1 center, Brassard is not a #2 center. Big roles for them, not sure they can answer the bell.

Gary Wien
Gary Wien

@Michael Stewart watching him, I agree I don't think Stepan is a #1 center; however he put up a point a game numbers for most of the season.  If he can get 70-80 points, that's basically #1 center production.


As for Brassard, I really think he may surprise people and be a good second line center.  I think he's a late bloomer, but a guy that does have skill.


If those two can handle their spots, the question becomes third line center.  At this point, I feel good about Miller being able to handle that.