Putting the Rangers' regular season finish into perspective

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Putting the Rangers' regular season finish into perspective

Postby Eagle Vision on Wed Mar 15, 2017 12:28 pm

It's April 16, 2016.


The Rangers have been defeated in the 2nd round by the London Knights in 4 straight. The only loose end to be tied up is being done so now. The 2015-16 Rangers' awards. A time for lots of fond memories of a year that was a a very somber time where we realize that many current players will not be ever seen on the Memorial Auditorium ice again.

There's much reflection and then a look forward at the upcoming season. One where the Rangers hope to "re-tool" or "re-load" and not the dreaded "rebuild."

Overagers: Brian Brosnan, Miles Liberati and power forward Brandon Robinson won't be returning, that much we know. At the awards ceremony we find out that Gustaf Franzen has also seen his last action in a Rangers' jersey. The departure of captain and third-year top pivot Ryan MacInnis is already assumed at this point and suddenly we're already looking at a gap down the middle at the top of the Rangers' lineup.

If the chips fall right for the Rangers, they could finish as high as 6th next year. If they fall right . . .. . .


A little over 3 week's later. Head coach Mike Van Ryn resigns. After one very successful year heading up the bench the Rangers are without their head coach.

Luke Opilka after struggling down the stretch goes for hip surgery, he will return, but not in time for the beginning of the 2016-2017 season.

There's rumblings that Jeremy Bracco could be returned from the Leafs which would be a big boost going into camp. However there's also a blow to the team as Lias Andersson will not be able to suit up for the Rangers, though Andersson was the Rangers' second round import pick, he was thought to be more OHL ready than Cedric Schiemenz, also a year older.

Nick Magyar and David Miller do not fit into the team's plans, nor budget for overage spots, and there's no return for either overager whom were eligible to return.

The list of Rangers' losses from the previous season now totals:

Ryan MacInnis
Gustaf Frazen
Brandon Robinson
Miles LIberati
David Miller
Nick Magyar
Dimitri Sergeev
Brian Brosnan

Other losses from the previous season through season-ending injuries or trades:

Jeremy Bracco
Mason Kohn
Jacob Cascagnette
Connor Hall
Doug Blaisdell
Dawson Carty


Frank Hora bolsters the blueline returning in Sarnia. However, the Rangers would lose Connor Hall for the season in Sarnia weeks later after starting the season without the big defender.


After returning from injury, the Rangers would lose another of their heavyweight blueliners in Doug Blaisdell for the duration of the season. Two of the bright spots in the early season were the play of 17-year-old rookie and 15th rounder Dylan Seitz and the play of free agent netminder: Chris McGonigle in Luke Opilka's absence. McGonigle's returns wouldn't last as he would also be lost for the season. The Rangers' excess in overagers had them scratching scoring 5th year centre Darby Llewellyn from the lineup frequently to play Dawson Carty until Carty was dispatched to the Hamilton Bulldogs near the trade deadline.

The trade deadline saw the Rangers part way with three veteran forwards seeking compensation mainly in the way of picks for 19-year-old's: Bracco, Cascagnette, and Kohn.


Leaving the team with only the following players who would have been playing against the London Knights in April of 2016:

Adam Mascherin
Joseph Garreffa (only dressed for one post-season game)
Connor Bunnaman
Darby Llewellyn
Dylan DiPerna
Nick McHugh (3 games of action in the post-season)
Frank Hora
Jake Henderson (5 of 9 games dressed in post-season)
Elijiah Roberts (5 of 9 games dressed in post-season)
Luke Opilka (less than one period of post-season action)


I think that the team spoiled us with early-season successes, and despite limping to the finish line to finish 6th in the conference may have over-achieved given some of the stumbling stones that have been in this team's way. If you had told me about trading the three 19-year-olds, not being able to utilize one of the imports and the state of this team's goaltending with the injuries and the trade while I was attending last season's award ceremony, my projections on this season would be very, very dark. Not much to look forward to.

Instead the Rangers have finished respectively in an extremely tough conference, and they've done so with a lineup that's much younger than I would have projected and with picks in the bank. I'm not always the optimist, but I'm rating the season as glass half-full. The post-season?? I'm hoping that this group can put something together to build on next year.
Tom Conaway circa 2000 - "At times goals were harder to come by than teachers at a Mike Harris pep rally."

Updates: Final Exhibition stats posted, game summary for Sep 14th game in Barrie
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Re: Putting the Rangers' regular season finish into perspective

Postby Medway Bear on Wed Mar 15, 2017 8:56 pm

Up until Bracco was traded the Rangers were 18-10-2 and after he was traded they went 18-16-2. Up until Kohn and Cascagnette were traded the Rangers were 22-13-3 and after 14-13-1. Yes there was a drop off, but not as bad as I thought, but without Bracco they will be probably end up .500 and since the trade deadline a game under .500.
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Re: Putting the Rangers' regular season finish into perspective

Postby Sideliner on Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:04 pm

The play of Joseph Gareffa was the biggest positive surprise for me.

Mascherin and Bunnaman's numbers also impressed.
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Re: Putting the Rangers' regular season finish into perspective

Postby Medway Bear on Tue Mar 21, 2017 7:38 pm

Sideliner wrote:The play of Joseph Gareffa was the biggest positive surprise for me.

Mascherin and Bunnaman's numbers also impressed.


If you look at the total number of goals scored for the Rangers by players with the Rangers at the end of the season the total is 213. Mascherin and Bunnaman combined for over a third of those with 73.
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Re: Putting the Rangers' regular season finish into perspective

Postby Overager on Wed Mar 22, 2017 1:47 pm

However, simply not good enough to get us out of the mediocre level which is where we have been for some time and probably will be again next year unless, of course, our first year forwards triple their production and we somehow pick up some talented overagers.
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Re: Putting the Rangers' regular season finish into perspective

Postby JEF on Wed Mar 22, 2017 6:57 pm

Erie has had an amazing run. 4 straight 50 win seasons. This has to be their year. They've done a great job drafting and developing and they've also made trades to strengthen their team. A look at their draft cupboard though and it's pretty bare. They have no 2nd round picks for the next 8 drafts or until 2025. They are low on 3rd round picks too. None in 2017 or 2018. One in 2019, then none in 2020, 21 or 22.

Windsor has gone way in as they host the Memorial Cup. They lost their 2017 2nd round pick die to recruitment violations. They don't have a 2nd round pick for the next 10 years or until 2028. They don't have a 3rd round pick for the next 6 years or until 2023.

Owen Sound has multiple 2nd round picks for the next 3 years, but no 3rd picks. They did well when Victor Mete didn't report and was traded to London for 5 high draft picks, plus they got an additional first round pick.

Guelph has quite a few second round picks in the coming years.

London gave up a lot at the trade deadline, but still have a 2nd round pick in the next 4 drafts and two 3rd round picks in the next 2 drafts.

The Rangers have a 2nd round pick in 2017, two 2nd round picks in 2018 and 19. None in 2020, 2021 and 22. Then 2 in 2023, 24 and 25. They have a 3rd
round pick in 2017 and 18. None in 2019. One in 2020. Two in 2021 and 22 and one from 2023 on.

We need a heart and soul type player in the draft.

We'll have to see how we draft and develop. Mascherin, Bunnaman and Garreffa made big improvements this season. Hopefully they continue and Meireles, McHugh take big steps. Damiani could make a nice jump in points next season, Vallati will be a force and Hall and Blaisdell will be nice to have for a full season.
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Re: Putting the Rangers' regular season finish into perspective

Postby Medway Bear on Wed Mar 22, 2017 7:12 pm

JEF wrote:Erie has had an amazing run. 4 straight 50 win seasons. This has to be their year. They've done a great job drafting and developing and they've also made trades to strengthen their team. A look at their draft cupboard though and it's pretty bare. They have no 2nd round picks for the next 8 drafts or until 2025. They are low on 3rd round picks too. None in 2017 or 2018. One in 2019, then none in 2020, 21 or 22.

Windsor has gone way in as they host the Memorial Cup. They lost their 2017 2nd round pick die to recruitment violations. They don't have a 2nd round pick for the next 10 years or until 2028. They don't have a 3rd round pick for the next 6 years or until 2023.


Both teams have 1 or 2 players they can trade next season so they will get some draft picks back.

JEF wrote:The Rangers have a 2nd round pick in 2017, two 2nd round picks in 2018 and 19. None in 2020, 2021 and 22. Then 2 in 2023, 24 and 25. They have a 3rd
round pick in 2017 and 18. None in 2019. One in 2020. Two in 2021 and 22 and one from 2023 on.


Until Tortora turns up the Rangers still have 2nd round picks in 2020, 2021 and 2022 and if not they have a player who is hopefully worth all those picks.
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Re: Putting the Rangers' regular season finish into perspective

Postby JEF on Thu Mar 23, 2017 2:05 pm

Thanks for pointing out those Tortora picks in the 2nd round are only gone if he reports.

Windsor and Erie will need to really work hard in trades to re-stock their cupboards.
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