With the start of the regular season being delayed again, NHL teams are trying to prepare like a starting pitcher waiting out a rain delay.
The difficult task of keeping the players fit and focused falls on the coaches, and the Rangers are lucky to have a great motivator like John Tortorella constantly reminding the players of what their objectives are and what it takes to achieve them.
However, words do not trump actions and even if Tortorella says and does all the right things, the players are the ones that need to execute.
The Rangers have a young roster, and youth can be impressionable.
Here are three vitally important Rangers who will largely influence how successful this team can be in 2012-13: