In this 5-part series, I am going to be looking at the Top 25 Rangers of the Decade. In this first installment in the series, I’ll be counting down numbers 25-21.
#25 Brian Boyle
Brian Boyle joined the New York Rangers in 2009 after previously playing for the Los Angeles Kings. He was traded to New York at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft for the draft pick used to select Jordan Weal. Boyle posted 90 points in the 5 seasons he played with the Rangers. Boyle became a fan favorite after he was a big part of the Rangers playoff run in 2012. His last year of playing in the Garden was in 2014 when he helped get the Rangers all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. Of course, fans were disappointed when he signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning that offseason.
#24 Brad Richards
The former Conn Smythe winner signed a 9-year deal with New York in 2011 free agency. Fans expected him to be a key player in playoff runs, which he very much was. Richards was reunited with former teammates Martin St Louis and Ruslan Fedotenko. He was also reunited with former coach John Tortorella. Even though Richards was a good player, his contract was too much for the team to handle. In the 2014 offseason, Richards was bought out and signed with Chicago.
#23 Artem Anisimov
Artem Anisimov was drafted 54th overall by the New York Rangers in the 2006 draft. He played with the Rangers for 4 seasons and posted 108 points in that span. His best performances came in the 2011 season and the 2012 playoffs. After the 2012 season the Rangers felt they needed a superstar, so they traded Anisimov and others to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Rick Nash and the draft pick used to pick Pavel Buchnevich.
#22 Brandon Dubinsky
Brandon Dubinsky was selected in the 2004 NHL Draft 60th overall by New York. It took him a little while to develop to the level of an NHL player, but when he did he performed well. His best year was 2011 by far; he posted 213 points in his 6 seasons in New York. Dubinsky was traded to Columbus in the Nash trade and he hasn’t been the same player since.
#21 Brady Skjei
Brady Skjei was hyped by fans when he was drafted in the first round of the 2012 draft. We definitely have not seen the last of Skjei. There is not much to write here other than the fact that Skjei has been a solid defenseman in the 5 seasons he has played in New York. Skjei has posted 102 points in his tenure with the team (at the time of this article).
Next, we will be looking at numbers 15-20.
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