Jeff Gorton said this past week that he expects the Rangers to have a "young look" this coming season and that while they won't close their mind to any idea, "we will have a younger team and that will be exciting."
Gorton said, "when you say rebuild you are usually talking about a young team and letting players play and giving them chances."
He noted that he doesn't expect a team of twenty 18-19-20 year-old players and that could might look to add some "character and leadership type players that might help us develop these young guys."
Gorton added, "If we are going out and getting players it's because they are going to have an impact on us going forward, it's not going to be a one-year thing."
He said that the Rangers think they have "a number of young players" that range from "close" to maybe a year away and that the focus will be on building a "fast, exciting, skilled team that competes hard every night."
Adam Rotter: The Rangers will have young players on their roster next year. Chytil, Andersson and possibly the early first round pick this year will likely fill out the 18-19-2o group. Libor Hajek and Brett Howden could crack the roster and it seems likely that the Rangers will sign a scoring veteran, Ilya Kovalchuk or possibly Rick Nash to help fill things out. The bigger question is which of the current Rangers are still going to be with the team next year. Namestnikov, Spooner, Zuccarello and possibly Hayes would fit into that category with Buchnevich and Vesey being longer shots. On defense, outside of Kevin Shattenkirk and Brady Skjei, it's possible that Marc Staal sticks around, Neal Pionk is 22 and then there is Tony DeAngelo, John Gilmour, Steven Kampfer as a spare and whatever other moves they decide to make.