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Picking who you think is the greatest Ranger of all time is like picking your favorite child. Each season, there are new faces as old ones leave. You love all of them (except Wade Redden). No man, though, is in the league of Brian Leetch, the greatest Ranger of all-time.
What made fans love Leetch is that he was a home-grown player. He was drafted by the Rangers in the first-round of the 1986 entry draft, and made his debut with the team in 1987-88. He'd spend the next 17 seasons manning the Rangers blue line.
In his rookie year, Leetch broke the record for most points by a rookie defenseman with 71 points, including 23 goals. That was enough to give him the Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year.
In 1991-92, Leetch had his more productive year of his career, scoring 22 goals and 102 points in 80 games, becoming only the fifth defenseman in history to break 100 points in a season. This was also his first Norris Trophy win as league's best defenseman.
In 1993-94, Leetch scored 23 goals- a career best- and 79 points. It was his post-season, though, that people remember. In 23 games, Leetch scored 11 goals and 34 points, leading to a Conn Smythe Trophy for Playoff MVP. He is still the only American born player to win the award.
Leetch won his second Norris Trophy in 1996-97, and the following year was named team captain after Mark Messier departed for Vancouver.
In one of the most hated trades in Rangers history, GM Glen Sather traded Leetch to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He played one game in Madison Square Garden as a visitor.
Leetch holds 29 New York Rangers records, including most assists with 741, points by a defenseman 981, goals by a defenseman, 240, most career playoff points with 89.
He had his number retired by the Rangers in 2008.