With August drawing to a close, hockey is almost upon us. It’s time to pack up your swim trunks and whip out your hockey sweaters, because in just a few short weeks the New York Rangers and the other 29 NHL clubs will officially open their doors for training camp.
In anticipation for the start of training camp, it’s time to start speculating. The Rangers are a team that hasn't seen much turnover, but the introduction of a new head coach means things will most certainly be different. We’ll just have to wait and see how drastic the changes will be.
Since waiting is no fun, we’ll take the initiative and predict what the Rangers’ forward lines will be to open the season and then break them down and identify the biggest question mark on each.
Here are the speculative lines:
Carl Hagelin – Derek Stepan – Rick Nash
Mats Zuccarello – Derick Brassard – Ryan Callahan
Chris Kreider – Brad Richards – Benoit Pouliot
Brian Boyle – Dominic Moore – Derek Dorsett/Taylor Pyatt
You’ll notice players like Arron Asham and Darroll Powe are not included because they were waived earlier in the summer. That doesn’t mean they won’t be a part of the opening night squad, but it certainly doesn’t help their cause. Also, J.T. Miller has been left off because nobody really knows what incoming coach Alain Vigneault has planned for the youngster.
Read on after the jump for an in-depth look at these speculative forward groups.