5 New York Rangers Primed For Breakout Seasons In 2013-14
5 Players Ready To Breakout Next Season For The New York Rangers
The New York Rangers will have a new head coach for the first time since the middle of the 2009 season. There are many players on the roster that will benefit from this most recent coaching change.
Most people know how John Tortorella went about his business. He is an in your face coach who will always tell you how he is feeling. This attitude works, but it will eventually grow weary on a team. That is exactly what happened with the Rangers this season as it was clear Tortorella was beginning to lose the locker room as the players had grown tired of the same old thing.
There were many players who fell into Tortorella's doghouse, especially some young talent in the system and on the roster. It was clear that Tortorella did not care for some of the offensive minded talents on his roster, but now there is a new coach on Broadway who will help these young players to get their confidence back.
All reports are saying the Rangers and former Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault have agreed on a deal to bring the 52 year old to New York. Vigneault achieved much success with the Canucks winning back to back President's Trophies in 2010 and 2011. In 2011 the Canucks came within one game of winning the Stanley Cup. Vigneault is a coach that likes to push the tempo and get the most out of his offensive talent, especially the ones who found themselves scared to play under Tortorella.
With this coaching change the Rangers will have many breakout starts in the 2013-2014 NHL season. Here are the five players I expect to break out next season.
5.) Carl Hagelin
Carl Hagelin is a top six forward on the team who had benefited from the arrival of Rick Nash. If Hagelin gets stronger and continues to use his speed he will become a dominant player in the NHL.
4.) J.T. Miller
J.T. Miller had an up and down season with the New York Rangers. He showed how he has a killer instinct on the offensive end to score big time goals, but a wrist injury ended up hurting his play. He was sent down to the AHL a month before the playoffs. With Alain Vigneault at the helm now, expect to see Miller explode onto the scene next season as a speedy center.
3.) John Moore
John Moore is a gifted offensive defenseman who has great speed. He was considered a throw-in during the Marian Gaborik trade, but he will become a big time player in the NHL. He has drawn many comparisons to stud defenseman
Ryan McDonagh. Moore will be able to showcase his offensive abilities this year as Alain Vigneault will give the defense more opportunities to jump up into the play. Moore can also help the power play with his shot from the point.
2.) Derick Brassard
Derick Brassard was another player received in the Marian Gaborik trade. He played amazingly during the playoffs registering 12 points in 12 games, and he is a gifted skilled player who clearly needed a change of scenery. With so many other gifted players on the team his playmaking ability will help him put up big time numbers. Expect Brassard to have an All-Star type year.
1.) Chris Kreider
Chris Kreider just needed John Tortorella to go. It was clear Tortorella did not care for Kreider's game, he and played too many mind games with the young forward. Kreider is a big sniper who has a flare for the dramatic with four game winning goals in 26 career playoff games. He will benefit tremendously from Alain Vigneault's system. Kreider will become a top line forward for the New York Rangers this season.