At the start of hockey season, experts contended that while very talented, the New York Rangers were simply too young and underdeveloped a team to make a statement in an Eastern Conference headlined by superstars Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby.
The season is now a third of the way through and despite some fluke losses, the Rangers are looking more and more like a playoff team each game. With previously unheard of or forgotten players stepping up and establishing a presence on the ice, the team looks as though it could indeed make the playoffs (they would be the No. 6 seed were the season to end today) and do well in them.
That being said, here are ten New York Rangers I feel will be instrumental in the team's success for the rest of the season and, ultimately, in the playoffs.