Who would have thought the Rangers would rely on a seventh rounder to protect the crease night in and night out? Or an undrafted defenseman to keep the puck from getting to the net? Or a 60th overall pick to lead the team in goals?
Probably not Ranger fans 10 summers ago. But the homegrown talent is continuing to bloom.
The Rangers responded to two straight losses with two straight wins on the backs of their working class hometown heros–Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan, Artem Anisimov, Henrik Lundqvist and Dan Girardi. When they did lose, they at least showed something the superstar contracts of Ranger Christmas past didn’t: fight.
Dubinsky scored two goals tonight helping the Rangers defeat the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks 3-2. Callahan, the ultimate contributor, wears the A for a reason: he leads by example. He threw five hits, blocked six shots, and had two assists to keep his 7-game point streak going; not to mention racing off the bench, straight out of the locker room after some TLC from the trainer during intermission on a sore leg from a blocked shot to get the assist on the second goal. All in a day’s work.
Breaking down the numbers of the Rangers’ late-round NHL draft pick gems:
DRAFTED: NYR 2004, 4th Round (127th Overall)
2010-2011: Leads the team in points, 13; hits, 42; and leads forwards with 20 blocked shots in 11 games.
2007: Scored his first and second NHL goals on Saint Patrick’s Day against the Boston Bruins in his third and final call up from the Hartford Wolfpack.
TWO Steven McDonald Extra Effort Awards. He won back-to-back in 2008-09 and 2009-10 voted by fans for going above and beyond the call of duty.
ONE Silver medal with Team USA at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics
DRAFTED: NYR 2004, 2nd Round (60th Overall)
2010-2011: 7 goals in 11 games (tied with the likes of Alexander Ovechkin, Marian Hossa and Daniel Sedin)
2008 YoungStars Competition at the NHL AllStar game: Scored two goals and one assist and was named YoungStars’ Most Valuable Players
THREE goals in the 2008 World Championships in Nova Scotia leading Team USA over Norway 9-1
2009-2010: 20 goals and 24 assists in 69 games.
DRAFTED: NYR 2006, 2nd Round (54th Overall)
2010-2011: Nine points in 11 games centering the “new: top line.
2008-2009: 37 goals and 44 assists in 80 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack
2009: Scored one goal and two assists in the AHL All Star Classic in Worcester, MA
DRAFTED: NYR 2000, 7th Round (205th Overall)
2010-2011: 5 wins and 1 OT loss in 9 games; .921 SV%
SECOND goaltender in NHL history to record three straight 30 win seasons as a rookie, and the ONLY one to record five straight 30 win seasons to begin his career
2006: Named one of People Magazine’s Most Beautiful People
ONE Gold Medal at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics
ONE Golden Helmet awarded in 2005 as the Swedish Elite League’s Most Valuable Player
10 shutouts in 2007-2008
THREE time Vezina Trophy nominee
$41.25 million six-year contract signed in 2008
UNDRAFTED, signed in 2006 as a free agent
2010-2011: Leads the team with 41 blocked shots and is second in the league in blocked shots
Leads the team with 24:07 average time on ice per game
Ranks second among Rangers’ defensemen in scoring with five points
ONE Memorial Cup with the London Knights in 2005
About the Author
Written by Margaret DeJesus
I'm a recent college graduate looking for a dream job covering hockey. I've been watching the New York Rangers since my grade school days of VHS and Gordon Bombay's "ducks fly together" speech. While studying journalism at Boston University (COM '10), I wrote for the Daily Free Press, the student newspaper. I worked two summers at the Staten Island Advance, my hometown newspaper, writing city news and features. I've also written CD reviews for Music-Reviewer.com. One of my favorite gigs was interning for hockey analyst extraordinaire Stan Fischler covering the Boston Bruins and attending all their home games in the 2009-2010 season. (Yes, including the crushing defeat against the Flyers in the Eastern Conference playoffs.)