We’re one month in and the New York Rangers have been as up and down as a roller coaster this season. Amidst injuries and emergencies, the Rangers tallied a 5-4-1 record and played typical New York hockey over the past few weeks. Let’s recap:
- The Rangers failed in four of five attempts on Garden ice to win a game.
- Conversely, New York is among the league’s best road squads (4-1-0).
- The Rangers are scoring three goals a game, but also surrendering the same amount.
- New York’s power play has been slightly above the league average, which for the Rangers means a vast improvement.
- The penalty kill, however, has been underwhelming thus far and is among the low end of the league.
- The Rangers are above .500 despite injuries to Chris Drury, Marian Gaborik and Vinny Prospal.
But these are all general numbers that only amass to parts of the puzzle. To truly understand the Rangers' performance thus far would be to evaluate each individual player like a student in a classroom.
That is exactly what we’re going to do, taking only players who have been active in the 2010-11 season.
Each player earns a letter grade followed by logistical reasoning and analysis. Some are Straight-A tycoons while others are bordering on F-minus territory. Which Blueshirts have made the big difference? Let’s take a look.