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.
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.