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02 Feb 2019

NHL 19: New York Rangers Player Ratings, Roster & Top Prospects

NHL 19: New York Rangers Player Ratings, Roster & Top
Prospects

Can you take the New York Rangers to glory with this roster?

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Mika Zibanejad, Center, 85 OVR

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Brady Skjei, Defenseman, 84 OVR

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Henrik Lundqvist, Goaltender, 88 OVR

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NHL 19 New York Rangers Roster

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Ryan Gropp, Left Wing, 68 OVR

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NHL 19 New York Rangers Top Prospects

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The New York Rangers can still be classed as a rebuilding team but, their rebuild hasn’t been as aggressive as others who have stripped their roster and sunk down the standings. Instead, the Rangers have targeted players in their early-to-mid-20s to build their new team around while phasing out some of their veterans. In a few years, they’ll have an experienced set of very strong, still quite young players who have enough experience to lead the team to the playoffs, once the surrounding cast has improved. 

Mika Zibanejad, Center, 85 OVR

Age: 25Role: Two-WayHeight: 188cmWeight: 103kgShoots: RightBest Stats: 89 Acceleration, Agility, Speed

Mika Zibanejad, still only 25-years-old, is set to become one of the Rangers’ top players down the line and is already their top-rated forward on NHL 19. A true two-way center, the only element that the Swede needs to improve on is his work in the duel, for which he has been given a 79 in the game. With plenty of strength, good puck, skating, and shooting skills, as well as an 86 for defensive awareness and 88 for offensive awareness, Zibanejad is a great player to have in your top-six. 

Brady Skjei, Defenseman, 84 OVR

Age: 24Role: Two-WayHeight: 191cmWeight: 96kgShoots: LeftBest Stats: 89 Speed. 88 Stick Checking, Acceleration, Slap Shot Power

Brady Skjei is very much a defense-first defenseman, caring little for being a part of the offense at the other end of the ice. However, for what Skjei lacks in point scoring, the blueliner is very good at moving the puck and being mobile, boasting great speed despite his 191cm, 96kg frame. As the team around him improves, he’ll begin to be rated among the more valuable defensive defensemen in the NHL. 

Henrik Lundqvist, Goaltender, 88 OVR

Age: 36Role: HybridHeight: 185cmWeight: 82kgShoots: LeftBest Stats: 91 Glove Low, Stick Low. 90 Angles, Breakaway, Five Hole, Poise, Poke Check, Rebound Control, Recover, Endurance, Vision 

Henrik Lundqvist is already a legend for the New York Rangers and in the NHL as a whole, winning so many games by himself at times. With a weaker, developing team around him in recent years, his numbers have predictably taken a hit, but his 35 starts have still managed to pull in 15 wins and a .908 save percentage. He’ll be playing an important role for the team as they ease in the highly-rated young goalie Alexandar Georgiev, who landed a shutout earlier this season.

From the Day 1, September 13 update, this is how the New York Rangers’ first lines start. Despite the overall ratings, this is a very user-friendly top set. Kreider, Zibanejad, and Buchnevich boast a deadly combination of physical power, speed, and clinical finishing, while Skjei and Shattenkirk can be top playmakers from the blueline. Then, of course, they’re all backed up by the almighty Lundqvist and his 88 rating.

NHL 19 New York Rangers Roster

Chris Kreider (83) – Mika Zibanejad (85) – Pavel Buchnevich (83)Brady Skjei (84) – Kevin Shattenkirk (84)Henrik Lundqvist (88)

Name Overall Rating Position/Role Height Age Shoots Best Stats
Mats Zuccarello85Right Wing Playmaker173cm31Left92 Speed, Agility, Acceleration
Kevin Shattenkirk84Offensive Defenseman183cm29Right91 Offensive Awareness, Passing. 90 Puck Control
Chris Kreider83Left Wing Power Forward191cm27Left92 Strength, Balance. 89 Body Checking, Speed
Pavel Buchnevich83Left Wing Sniper188cm23Left88 Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power
Vladislav Namestnikov83Left Wing Playmaker180cm25Left89 Acceleration, Speed, Agility
Kevin Hayes82Power Forward Center196cm26Left90 Strength, Balance. 88 Slap Shot Power
Adam McQuaid81Defensive Defenseman193cm31Right90 Aggressiveness, Body Checking. 89 Strength, Balance
Ryan Spooner*81Playmaker Center178cm26Left90 Discipline. 88 Deking, Acceleration, Agility
Jesper Fast81Right Wing Sniper183cm26Right88 Deking, Discipline, Acceleration, Agility, Speed
Neal Pionk79Offensive Defenseman180cm23Right88 Slap Shot Power. 87 Wrist Shot Power. 85 Defensive Awareness, Shot Blocking, Discipline, Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Durability
Jimmy Vesey79Two-Way Left Wing191cm25Left86 Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power
Marc Staal78Defensive Defenseman193cm31Left90 Endurance. 87 Body Checking, Balance
Filip Chytil77Two-Way Center188cm19Left85 Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Durability
Tony DeAngelo77Offensive Defenseman180cm22Right89 Deking. 88 Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Slap Shot Power
Brendan Smith76Defensive Defenseman188cm29Left87 Slap Shot Power. 85 Stick Checking, Balance, Endurance, Aggressiveness, Body Checking, Durability, Strength, Wrist Shot Power
Cody McLeod75Left Wing Grinder188cm34Left91 Aggressiveness. 90 Body Checking. 88 Strength, Balance
Lias Andersson73Center Sniper180cm19Left85 Hand-Eye, Speed. 84 Acceleration, Offensive Awareness
Alexandar Georgiev78Hybrid Goaltender183cm22Left85 Agility, Speed. 84 Vision, Durability, Stick Low, Glove Low

*Ryan Spooner traded to the Edmonton Oilers on November 16th.

Ryan Gropp, Left Wing, 68 OVR

Age: 21Role: Power ForwardHeight: 191cmWeight: 87kgShoots: LeftPotential: Top 9 med

Ryan Gropp is an interesting prospect for the New York Rangers, boasting speed, strength, and power. But, the Rangers’ left wing is well-stocked with varied skill sets, with Chris Kreider already a strong power forward and only 27-years-old. But, given his size and attributes, Gropp could become a strong option as a scratch to bring in when your strategies switch to a more physical, suffocating style of play against flair-filled teams.

Brett Howden weighs in as the Rangers’ most exciting young prospect, with Calle Sjalin and Ty Ronning potentially coming along well if given ample opportunities in the AHL and NHL when the time is right. Other than those three, though, there’s not a lot to be excited about here. 

NHL 19 New York Rangers Top Prospects

Name Overall Rating Position/Role Height Age Shoots Potential
Jacob Ragnarsson54Offensive Defenseman183cm18LeftTop 6 med
Nils Lundkvist56Two-Way Defenseman180cm18RightTop 6 med
Nico Gross57Defensive Defenseman180cm18Left7th D med
Lauri Pajuniemi56Two-Way Right Wing180cm19RightBottom 6 med
Joey Keane57Defensive Defenseman185cm19RightTop 6 med
Calle Sjalin61Two-Way Defenseman185cm19LeftTop 4 low
Ty Ronning62Right Wing Sniper175cm20RightTop 6 low
Tarmo Reunanen62Offensive Defenseman180cm20LeftAHL Top 2 med
Libor Hajek63Defensive Defenseman188cm20LeftTop 6 med
Sean Day64Two-Way Defenseman188cm20LeftTop 6 med
Tim Gettinger66Left Wing Power Forward196cm20LeftBottom 6 med
Brett Howden66Two-Way Center185cm20LeftTop 6 med
Brandon Crawley66Defensive Defenseman183cm21Left7th D med
Dominik Lakatos66Left Wing Playmaker180cm21LeftBottom 6 med
Gabriel Fontaine64Playmaker Center185cm21LeftBottom 6 med
Brandon Halverson67Hybrid Goaltender193cm22LeftBackup low