6/8/18 | David Quinn was asked in an interview recently about how quickly he thinks things can turn around for the Rangers.
Quinn noted that from year to year a team that was struggling can make some changes and get better and that player development can play a big role.
- "People get better, if you are 24-years old there is a good chance you will be a better 25-year old. That is something we are going to focus on."
- "We have good players in our organization and on our roster and if everyone gets a little bit better those one-goal losses turn into one-goal wins."
- "It's such a fine line, winning and losing at that level, and if each guy can focus on being a little bit better than they were last year then everyone will be surprised at how much more success a team can have."
At his intro press conference, Quinn said that the Rangers need to come to the rink every day with the mindset of trying to be better on a daily basis.
Quinn said that there is an element of patience that comes with it but that "If you make 22 mistakes on a Monday and 21 on a Tuesday, you've had a good Tuesday. That is the mindset we have to have, getting better everyday. It may be cliche but it's true."
Adam Rotter: The Rangers, as of now, still have a relatively talented and high upside group of forwards. Health and consistency from Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider makes the Rangers a better team without any other moves. The same comes with consistency from Pavel Buchnevich, Jimmy Vesey and others. There is still work that needs to be done on defense but there is potential there with Neal Pionk, Tony DeAngelo and maybe John Gilmour. That doesn't even take into account the jump a player like Filip Chytil or Lias Andersson could make as rookies after their brief stints this season. In the best case scenario this is what happens and the Rangers are back in the playoffs next year and considered to be one of the young and exciting up and coming teams.
Realistically though the fate of the Rangers next season still, to a large degree, relies on Henrik Lundqvist and the defense in front of him. If, as Quinn says, they defend and make things easier for Hank, they should have enough up front to keep them in a possible playoff race. On paper it all makes sense but on paper the Rangers of 2017-18 looked like they certainly could have been a wild card team coming into the year. We don't know how the Rangers will actually look on Opening Night next season, but if they can get internal improvement and development from the players above, and others, they will be a better team without any other moves.