You need to learn to walk before you run. This reality has hit the Rangers hard today.
New York looked set to complete their rebuild after just one season last year due to their stunning 37-28-5 record and playoff performance.
Their new acquisition Artemis Panarin has had an extraordinary impact and some players like Mika Zibanezad, Ryan Strom and Tony DiAngelo have spent their lives.
With another 5-2 draw on Tuesday against their great rivals, the New Jersey Devils, they sank further into the standings. In the East Division they are one point ahead of Buffalo, although there are still two games to play. They have won just four of their first 14 games.
Gibnezad, who scored 75 points in just 57 games last year, has three points from 14 games. His trio teammate Chris Creeder has five. Controversial DMJ has been dropped from the team, with trade pending if it ever comes up.
You cannot ask young people 20 years of age or younger to do a club cart. Neither Connor McDavid nor Aston Matthews. 20-year-old Capo Kakko, the overall second pick in 2019, has just three points; Alexis Lafrenier, 19, is the only first choice overall in 2020.
There is also a trick the Canadian played two years ago. His 96-point season, and those playoff flirts raised expectations. However the team is still small. The 2019-2020 winter was painful, but the season was saved by the epidemic.
The New Jersey Devils also experienced this. Their participation in the playoffs in 2018 is random. The team has not yet reached maturity. The next two seasons were brutal. GM Ray Shero, coach John Hines lost their jobs. Finally they are off to a good start this year.
We also underestimate the importance of leaders. The Rangers lost two big names this fall: legendary goalkeeper Henrik Lundquist and defenseman Mark Stahl. Lundquist has been at the top for 15 years, while Stahl has been an important defender for 13 years. It is questionable how much their departure affected the team.
The Rangers have a lot of good young players who should not bounce back in the medium term, maybe even this year, who knows?
But right now, head coach David Quinn is fighting for his job. What does the coach do when he is fighting for his job? He reiterated that there was effort. Justifying that we still have influence over our forces.
“As a coach, you always take the blame,” he told reporters Wednesday. It makes me sick. You can’t describe this feeling if you are not a coach. When things are going right, we feel like we really have nothing to do with it, but when things start to go wrong, we feel that all of this is our fault. ”
The Rangers allowed the Devils 3-2 in a row with just 2 minutes to go in the third period on Tuesday, 2-2. They now occupy 4-7-3 and 28E Rank in general classification. New York occupied 27thE Rank for average goals scored per game (2.26), but they are 11 in terms of goalsE Row (2.71). They are 28 years oldIs In terms of numerical dominance at a rate of 11.5% lower.
“I know about our file,” he said. I know our file. No one is happy about this. But effort is not the problem. Our level of competition is great. Tuesday’s game was disappointing. We need to let the dust settle. We came close to winning a few games. A big game without us doing it. Our faith is flat. ”
As if things weren’t going bad already, Rangers lost defender Jacob Troba for four to six weeks. Troba is the second most used defender of blue shirts after Adam Fox. At least Artemis Panarin is expected to return against the Flyers on Thursday night. He missed the last two games.
Panarin Strom and Kakko regain their place on the left side. Lafrenier was relegated to the third row with two 27-year-olds, Kevin Rooney and Colin Blackwell, who are better acquainted with the American League than the National.
He needs to be patient, or find a spark to force the coach to give back three more talented partners.