Alain Vigneault said on Saturday that everyone on the Rangers has something to prove as they come toward the end of the regular season.
Vigneault said that the Rangers have some young players with NHL experience trying to really make their mark and other players that are just getting their first real shot to play in the NHL.
The Rangers have 13 games remaining this season.
According to Tankathon, the Rangers currently have the 9th best odds of getting the first overall pick.
Adam Rotter: Up front, this is an important time for the Rangers to see how Jimmy Vesey and Pavel Buchnevich can play in bigger roles and a look at what the Rangers may have in Vlad Namestnikov and Ryan Spooner. On defense, the Rangers are getting a good look at Neal Pionk, John Gilmour and Tony DeAngelo. All three can skate, Pionk appears to be the most steady, and ready, two-way player, Gilmour is fast and has offensive ability and DeAngelo has the most upside. Most eyes are on DeAngelo because of his potential as a former first round pick and being a big part of the Derek Stepan trade. DeAngelo's defense is obviously a work in progress and on top of that he needs to manage the puck better and make smart decisions. I think he looks miles better than he did earlier in the year but he still has a long way to go. These will be important minutes for him in the last couple of weeks and hopefully something he can build on to help reach his potential.