2018-19 Record: 32-36-14 78pts. – – 7th Place in Metropolitan
2019-20 Jersey Guide:
Key Additions: F – Kaapo Kakko, F – Greg McKegg, F – Artemi Panarin, D – Jacob Trouba, D – Adam Fox, F – Phillip Di Giuseppe
Key Departures: G – Dustin Tokarski, F – Jimmy Vesey, D – Neal Pionk, D – Kevin Shattenkirk
For the New York Rangers the 2019 Offseason wasn’t just a part of the rebuild process for the Rangers, but that of a statement that the Rangers are looking to come back to dominance with the hopes to give their aging cornerstone Henrik Lunqvist one more chance at a Stanley Cup. The key to the Rangers moves this offseason amounted in one trade, a free agent signing, and a draft pick.
First we will look at the trade that bolstered the Rangers defense with the addition of Jacob Trouba, whom the Rangers acquired from the Winnipeg Jets for Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Trouba will add size and defensive stability. Rangers also made a trade back in April for defensive prospect Adam Fox from the Carolina Hurricanes, and Fox is expected to be in the Rangers Opening Day lineup depending on how he impresses at training camp.
Next up you had the big free agent signing of forward Artemi Panarin, which many believed would have gone to Florida with Sergei Bobrovsky, who gives the Rangers a legitimate scoring threat. Panarin will also provide a boost to the Rangers powerplay which will be much needed.
Then lastly the Rangers hit the jackpot with with the 2nd overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft when they selected forward Kaapo Kakko. This past season alone Kakko helped Finland win the 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship, 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship, and the 2019 IIHF World Championship. Kakko will be viewed as the future of the franchise in the years to come.