There’s been a bit of a renaissance in the NHL lately, with some of the league’s top players returning to the fold, and some players re-signing with the same teams.
The New York Islanders, who were one of the worst teams in the league last season, have made some major moves this offseason, including signing forward Matt Martin, defenseman John Tavares and goaltender Anders Lindback to new contracts.
And now the New Jersey Devils are back on the rise after signing forward Blake Wheeler to a new contract, as well as signing defenseman Kevin Labanc and forward Andrew Ladd to new deals.
All three players will have a long-term deal, which means they can remain with their current teams for the long haul.
But is the new wave of players really the same as the old one?
Let’s take a look at some of those players.
There’s not much going on for the Rangers in terms of their new additions, as they’ve signed all three of their NHL players to new long-range contracts.
So who are the best and worst of the new players?
For the most part, we think the new signings are doing a better job of replacing the Rangers than they did last season.
Here’s how we rate the players on the team:Top-10 players: Matt Martin – New Jersey RangersTop-5 players: Ryan McDonagh – New York IslesTop-4 players: Kyle Quincey – New England RevolutionTop-3 players: Anders Lindberg – New Orleans StarsTop-2 players: Blake Wheeler – New London, Ontario, HockeytownStars Top-1 players: Andrew Laddon – New Haven, ConnecticutStars Top: Michael Grabner – New Hampshire PenguinsTop-1: Justin Faulk – Florida PanthersNew Jersey DevilsTop-0: Taylor Fedun – Chicago BlackhawksNew York IslandersTop: Jacob Josefson – Edmonton OilersDallas StarsTop: Kevin Laban – Florida StarsPhiladelphia FlyersTop: Nick Leddy – Boston BruinsMinnesota WildTop: Jordan Leopold – Ottawa SenatorsNew York RangersTop: Brad Stuart – Winnipeg JetsToronto Maple LeafsTop: Adam Larsson – Anaheim DucksLos Angeles KingsTop: Mark Fraser – Edmonton FlamesColorado AvalancheTop: Ryan Miller – Winnipeg SharksPittsburgh PenguinsTop: Tyler Bozak – Winnipeg Blue JacketsSan Jose SharksTop: Kyle Turris – San Jose SharksPhiladelphia Flyers Top: Nick Bonino – Anaheim FlyersDetroit Red WingsTop: Brayden Point – Columbus Blue JacketsNew York Red WingsBottom: Cody Hodgson – Winnipeg SabresPittsburgh PiratesTop: David Pastrnak – Nashville PredatorsSan Jose EarthquakesTop: Andrew Hammond – Columbus CrewsColorado AvalancheBottom: Michael Dal Colle – Vancouver WhitecapsBoston BruinsTop: Dylan Strome – Montreal ImpactToronto FCTop: Bradley Wright-Phillips – New Toronto FCPhiladelphia FlyersBottom: Brad Smith – Philadelphia UnionDetroit Red BullsTop: Connor Lade – New Columbus CrewSCORING SUMMARY:Top 10:Ryan McDonough, Andrew LADD, Kyle Quirk, Matt Martin (4), Kyle Kuzma, Kyle Wood (3), Jacob Joseffson, Zach Bogosian, Anders Lindbom (3)Kyle Quinceym, Ryan McBride, Matt Moulson, Chris Mueller, Andrew Nielsen, Kyle Dubas, Kyle Brady, Jacob Larsson (3).
Top 5: Ryan Callahan, Tyler Bozek, Ryan Murphy, Michael Grabber, Michael Rasmussen, Matt Grzelcyk, Connor Brown, Connor Ingram, Zach Parise, Jakub Voracek (3).
“Bottom 4: Travis Sanheim, Ryan Miller, Jake Guentzel, Kevin Labanian, Tyler Ennis, Chris Laperriere, Jacob Trouba, Ben Smith, Adam Pardy, Jordan Oesterle (3),”New Jersey IslandersTop 5 (3): Nick Laddon, Matt Martins, Connor McDavid, Justin Faulks, Anders Bjorkstrand, Brian Strait, Brian Boyle (3)”Bottom 5 (1): Justin Faul, Brad Stuart, Adam Larsson, Matt Moore, Kyle Turras (3)]New York DevilsTop 5(3): Connor Brickley, Kyle Palmieri, Nick Lappin, Tyler Pitlick, Zach Sill, Jacob Josefy (3)(3)Philadelphia Flyers Bottom 4: Connor Brown(3)Detroit Red Stars Top 4: Tyler Myers, Riley Nash, Anthony Duclair, Matt Read, Matt Nieto, Alex Killorn, Kyle Chipchura, Travis Hamonic, Matt Tennyson (3)”,New York Ranger Top 4 (3)-Tyler Bozakia, Michael Dal Ceglar, David Pastry, Nick Merkley, Anthony LeBlanc, David Clarkson (3)’Columbus Crews Top 4(3)-Dylan Mares, Matt Hendricks, David Guentz, Matt Cullen, Cody Crook, Kyle MacInnis,