The New York Rangers are fortunate enough to have a number of stars on their roster. In fact, they have some of the best players in the world at their respective positions.
What is the one word that best describes each of the Rangers' top stars?
We'll break down the best players in each position group for the Rangers. Read on to find out the one word that best describes these stars.
Rick Nash is a powerful skater. He has a powerful shot. He is the prototypical power forward.
While he did not have the best postseason, scoring just one goal, Nash displayed throughout the year just how good he is. He can stickhandle with the best of them and can shoot a rocket from the circle.
It's quite a sight to see Nash bolt down the wing with the puck, cut inside at the circle and then finish backhand past the goalie.
There is no Ranger with as much pure skill as Nash. He is the one player who has the ability to change games single-handedly.
Now, Nash has to prove he can do that beyond the regular season. He got his first taste of extended postseason action this year, and that experience could be vital going forward.
But if he falters next season, or any other year, then Rangers fans will be wondering if giving up so many assets to get him was worth it.
There's a good reason why Ryan McDonagh just signed a six-year, $28.2 million extension.
He's one of the best defensemen in hockey and a lock for the U.S. Olympic team.
How does he do it?
He's just smooth. He's not flashy. You won't see too many end-to-end rushes or dazzling tape-to-tape passes.
No, McDonagh's game is built off of fundamentals. He's always in the right place, with proper stick placement. He makes the correct pass, delivers a solid hit and moves on.
Some of the more offensively skilled defensemen, like P.K. Subban or Kris Letang, will try to do too much in their own zone to start the rush. By doing so, they leave their goaltender vulnerable.
McDonagh doesn't do that. He makes the right play at the right time. He eats up minutes, yet never seems tired.
With McDonagh in the fold, the Rangers defense will always be good.
Henrik Lundqvist is probably the best goaltender in the world.
How does he do it?
Besides having elite athleticism and cat-like reflexes, Lundqvist's most valuable trait is his vision.
He is the best at reading the play. He knows where the puck is going, meaning that he can square himself to the shooter.
By doing so, it allows him to use his quick glove to stop pretty much anything.
It's one thing for goalies to have great athleticism. But following the play and making the correct decision is as important. Lundqvist is the best in the league at doing that, and it is a huge reason why he's so good.