ESPN.com’s “experts” (Scott Burnside, E.J. Hradek and Pierre LeBrun) all call the Rangers pretenders when trying to separate a few of the contenders from the pretenders. Here’s Hradek’s take…
I think the Rangers are moving in the right direction. They are a young, hard-working group that competes hard in all three zones. Plus, they have a top stopper, Henrik Lundqvist, who will keep them in just about every game. At this point, I see them more as a sleeper that will give an opponent a tough time. I just don’t think they have enough to be considered a true contender … yet. But they’re getting there.
…if ESPN is calling the Rangers pretenders, Blueshirt fans should expect a nice Cup run from the Rangers this spring.
…h/t to readers Nick and Michele.