Top 5 Underrated New York Rangers Defensemen Since the Lockout

Top 5 Underrated Rangers Defensemen Since the Lockout

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The New York Rangers have had plenty of good defensemen on the team throughout the years, yet some get more recognition than others. Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi lead the team on the ice, yet the supporting cast has featured some players who don't get as much attention. These players have played important roles and big minutes for the Rangers. Here are the top five underrated Rangers defensemen since the lockout.

5. Anton Stralman

Anton Stralman
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5. Anton Stralman

Anton Stralman
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Anton Stralman came out of nowhere to provide a steady presence on this current Rangers team. His focus shifted from offense to defense, which was critical to survive in New York. All of this has proven to work out in favor of both Stralman and the team, as he plays in all situations and can be relied on to play important minutes.

4. Wade Redden

Wade Redden
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4. Wade Redden

Wade Redden
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Hear me out! Wade Redden did not have a meaningful career as a New York Ranger, yet current superstar blueliner Ryan McDonagh credits Redden for his rapid development. Redden gets a spot on this list only because of his mentoring qualities and attitude in Hartford. As long as McDonagh is a Ranger, Redden will have done at least some good for New York.

3. Marek Malik

Marek Malik
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3. Marek Malik

Marek Malik
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While Marek Malik was maligned by Rangers fans for most of his tenure in New York, this was a result of his lack of physicality. At 6-foot-5 and over 230-pounds, Malik was an imposing force yet never used his size to physically overpower the opponent. He did provide an active stick and responsible defense, however, plus a highlight reel shootout goal in the 15th round against the Washington Capitals.

2. Michael Sauer

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2. Michael Sauer

Michael Sauer
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Before Kevin Klein was a New York Ranger, the team already had their very own Klein-like player. Michael Sauer was not flashy and not particularly skilled, but he made up for it with his physical play and solid defensive reads. Unfortunately, Sauer has been out since the 2011-12 season with a concussion suffered at the hands of a Dion Phaneuf hit.

1. Michal Rozsival

Michal Rozsival
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1. Michal Rozsival

Michal Rozsival
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One of the hardest working players ever to pull on a New York Rangers sweater, Michal Rozsival deserves to be at the top of this list. One of the most reliable defensemen coming out of the lockout for a Rangers team looking for an identity, Rozsival played crucial minutes and was part of the Czech contingent on the team along with Jaromir Jagr and Martin Straka. While not flashy or game-breaking, Rozsival was certainly an underrated Ranger.

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