At NHL.com, Dan Rosen projects the Rangers lineup to start the season as:
- Mika Zibanejad between Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich
- Filip Chytil between Vlad Namestnikov and Mats Zuccarello
- Kevin Hayes between Jimmy Vesey and Jesper Fast
- Lias Andersson between Ryan Spooner and Michael Lindqvist
He has Brady Skjei paired with Kevin Shattenkirk, Marc Staal with Neal Pionk and Brendan Smith with Fredrick Claesson. (NHL.com)
Rosen has the Rangers goalie duo as Henrik Lundqvist and Alex Georgiev. (NHL.com)
Sean Tierney of Charting Hockey put together a projection that would see the Rangers finish 26th in the NHL, included players like Tony DeAngelo, and Brett Howden and moving around of different players Rosen had projected.
Adam Rotter: What we know about the Rangers for this season is that they plan to enter training camp with a few roster spots up for grabs and, likely, nearly all of the spots in the actual lineup up for grabs. There will be an enormous amount of competition on defense with Brendan Smith, Libor Hajek, John Gilmour, Tony DeAngelo, Fredrik Claesson, Rob O'Gara, Ryan Lindgren and maybe some others all battling to join Brady Skjei, Kevin Shattenkirk, Marc Staal and likely Neal Pionk.
Up front, I'd think that Kreider and Zibanejad have their spots on the top line set but everyone else is open. Mats Zuccarello, Pavel Buchnevich, Kevin Hayes, Vlad Namestnikov, Jimmy Vesey and Ryan Spooner will all find their places as will, likely, Filip Chytil and Lias Andersson. Then there is the battle for spots between Vinni Lettieri, Michael Lindqvist, Ville Meskanen, Brett Howden, Cody McLeod and probably some training camp invites and other minor leaguers.