This is an emerging outfit built largely on an identity of hard work and being hard to play against on a nightly basis. If the Rangers can survive an October on the road and put up more wins at the under-construction Madison Square Garden -- like they did two seasons ago -- a top three seed in April is possible.Katie Baker of Grantland picks the Rangers to make the playoffs but also calls them one of the teams most likely to disappoint.
The NY Times thinks that the Rangers are a good hockey team, but not in the class of Stanley Cup contender yet. They predict a breakout season for Artem Anisimov.
Adam Kimelman thinks that the Rangers will fall to the Sharks in six games in the Stanley Cup finals.
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There is a really interesting point in the Times article about judging a team by their second line center. Really good teams like Vancouver with Ryan Kesler, Detroit with Henrik Zetteberg and Chicago with Patrick Sharp all have awesome players centering their second line. This is the role that long-term I think JT Miller will have, but if AA can continue to progress as a player there is no reason he can't join a category like that.