New York Rangers' All-Time Shootout Lineup
It's the middle of a boring offseason. The Rangers have made a couple of moves in the last few days, signing Kings forward Alexander Frolov as well as trading "fan favorite" Donlad Brashear as well as minor league forward Patrick RIsmiller to Atlanta for center Todd White, but overall, the extreme heat of August is a clear sign of the lack of hockey.
Since the 2005-06 season, the NHL has used a shootout to break ties, and the Rangers have had some great shootout moments such as the Marek Malik between the legs shot in the 15th round against the Washington Capitals in 2005.
They have also had some very low moments, most notably the final game in this past season, where their hopes of the playoffs were dashed by the eventual eastern conference champion Philadelphia Flyers
So, a discussion to make this offseason, well, still be painfully long. What would you say is the all-time Rangers shootout lineup?
First Up, Brendan Shanahan
First up, the Rangers send out the grizzled veteran, Brendan Shanahan. In his time as a Ranger, Brendan Shanahan scored some big goals, and was a key part of the Rangers offense. But he was also very clutch in shootouts.
His smarts with the puck, and offensive instinct make him a clear choice to be in the shootout lineup.
Shooting Second - Fredrik Sjostrom
Next up, Fredrik Sjostrom. Sjobacka, orthodox sjo, yes, that Fredrik Sjostrom
The guy who, during the game, was better on the Penalty Kill than on even strength. Along with Blair Betts, "Freddy" helped the Rangers to the best Penalty Kill in the NHL in his only full season in Ranger blue. But he also had some nifty hands in the shootout. Time after time, when the Rangers needed a big goal in the shootout, Sjostrom was there to deliver it.
Along with his quick wrist shot, he also had a great deke, which he used to embarass the opposing goalie numerous times.
Shooting for the Rangers, Erik Christensen
The fact that he went om being claimed off of waivers, to centering the Rangers top line with Marian Gaborik on his wing, doesn't say much for the Rangers lineup last season. And although he was a solid player, adding some decent offense, the Rangers definetly can't have him on the top line this year. However, despite all of this, he is money in the shootout.
Christensen can be known as a shootout specialist, if that exists. He ranks 8th all time in shooting percentage in the shootout, as well as 8th all time in shootout winners. He also ranks 10th all time in shootout goals. Not bad for a guy who's basically a bottom 6 forward (on most good teams at least).
Christensen is signed for two more years, so even if he is no longer centering Marian Gaborik, he will still be lighting up the lamp in the shootout as a Rangers for a little bit longer.
Prucha Can Win it for the Rangers, HE SCORES! RANGERS WIN!
The undersized, but nifty forward tailed off after his rookie year, in which he totaled 30 goals. Every time he stepped up for the shootout, the gardern crowd would erupt in "PRUUUUUs" and many times, would follow it up with loud cheering after he buried it.
Petr Prucha was never the greatest at anything, and his small frame made him a easy target for the big bruisers of the league. But when there was nobody between him and the goalie, Prucha was in his element. He had good puck handling skills, a strong, quick release, and the instict to catch goalies off guard.
So the fire has been fueled, but it might need a bit for gasoline. Let the sort of great debate begin. Who are your top four players, for the all time Rangers shootout lineup?