Power Ranking NY Rangers Players by Importance

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Power Ranking NY Rangers Players by Importance
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The New York Rangers find themselves in the dogfight nobody was expecting them to be in. 

The acquisition of Rick Nash had everyone thinking this team would contend for a Stanley Cup in 2013.

But as the story goes in the NHL, preseason predictions are just a shot in the dark. Who thought Montreal and Anaheim would be two of the league's top teams? Nobody, really. 

The Rangers, though, are underperforming. Guys they pay a lot of money to are simply not playing anywhere near as well as they're supposed to. There's also a legitimate cause for concern regarding the team's defense corps, which has been a shadow of its former 2011-12 self. 

If this team has playoff aspirations, the players are going to have work on their individual games so that the team can play better as a whole. In hockey, more than any other sport maybe, a team is truly the sum of its parts.

Today, we'll power rank the team's "parts" and identify which players are currently of more importance to the club's success. 

Note: Any player currently on the IR will not be included. Those players are Marc Staal, Mike Sauer and Arron Asham.

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