In The Hockey News Yearbook's list of Top 50 players, Kevin Shattenkirk ranked 34th and Ryan McDonagh ranked 35th.
On Shattenkirk, who was not ranked on last year's list, they wrote "the biggest free agent of the summer, Shattenkirk even gave his hometown Rangers a discount. In exchange, New York gets an elite puck-mover in his prime."ere he was already the Rangers'
On McDonagh, who was ranked 50th last year, they wrote "getting an elite, right-handed "D" partner in Shattenkirk is going to unlock McDonagh in New York, where he was already the Rangers' premier defenseman.
Elsewhere in the issue, they wrote of Shattenkirk "make not mistake, Shattenkirk, the most coveted free agent on the board, could've taken more term and more cash. But the NY native loved the fit in Manhattan, so he accepted a bit of a pre-emptive hometown discount. The best part? He's the righthanded shot partner that captain Ryan McDonagh needs on the first pairing.
Henrik Lundqvist, for the second straight year, was not listed as one of the top 50 players in the NHL.
Adam Rotter: This kind of list reinforces that the Rangers are a team that succeeded last year, and will again this year, because of their depth and the sum of all of their parts. I think that if you were to expand the list you would probably see Henrik Lundqvist and Mats Zuccarello next and then a bunch of players grouped together, Skjei, Miller, Kreider, Hayes, that all took steps last year and with another step or two could close in on being part of a list like this. If I were to pick one Ranger to be part of this list next year it would probably be Mika Zibanejad as he looks to grab hold of the Rangers number one center spot and make good on the faith the Rangers showed in him with his new contract.