Welcome to The Athletic’s 2022-23 version of the group season previews. Check out all of the previews as they’re launched right here.
Of all of the projections and placements, this one most likely feels probably the most unfair.
The New York Rangers received 52 video games, completed seventh with 110 factors and marched all the best way to the convention finals. They beat a powerful Penguins group, a powerful Hurricanes group and gave the dynastic Lightning a scare in Round 3. With a proficient group of younger studs able to breakout to go along with one of many league’s strongest cores, the Rangers appear to be a group that’s subsequent up — one that ought to contend for some time.
On the floor that’s all true. But beneath the floor there are cracks, fissures that had been obvious for a lot of final season.
For nearly all of the 2021-22 season the Rangers appeared like a deeply flawed group counting on historic goaltending to win video games. While that was papered over on the deadline, the Rangers are again to sq. one going into the 2022-23 season. They have an elite core and a really weak supporting solid.
There are loads of causes to consider the Rangers can take a giant step ahead this season with huge inner enchancment from a few of their rising expertise. But we’ll have to see it to consider it first.