by Patrick Hoffman on 01/12/11 at 01:26 PM ET
With the NHL announcing the rest of the All-Star selections yesterday, I figured now would be a good time to look at the players who have been all-stars for the New York Rangers this season.
Some of my selections were baded on point-production while other selections were due to their overall fine play in the first half of the season.
Let me know what you think:
- Brandon Dubinsky: The Rangers’ 24-year-old has been by far and away the team’s best offensive player this season. In 44 games, Dubinsky has 37 points (17 goals and 20 assists) and has shown those throughout the organization that he has the potential to be a 30 to 35-goal scorer. Not only does he contribute offensively, but “Dubi” also plays well on the other side of the puck and is used in all game situations whether it’s power play, penalty kill, the extra man, etc. He’s done it all for the Blueshirts this season and hopefully for the Rangers, he will do much of the same in the second half of the season.
- Ryan Callahan: Before suffering a broken hand against the Pittsburgh Penguins in December, Rangers’ forward Ryan Callahan was also making a name for himself to be the top Rangers’ player. In 32 games, the 25-year-old had put up 23 points (10 goals and 13 assists) and also become the perfect role model for the Blueshirts. He sacrificed his body to block shots, he skated hard at both ends of the ice, he played on the power play and penalty kill and he was a leader on and off the ice. While the Blueshirts have played well without him, he will certainly be welcomed back into the lineup with open arms.
- Brian Boyle: For a player that almost did not make the team out of training camp, Brian Boyle has had quite the season for the Blueshirts. In 44 games, Boyle has 22 points (14 goals and 8 assists) and has seen his ice time increased by head coach John Tortorella due to his excellent play. He worked hard in the off-season on his skating and it has shown in the first half of the season. Who know? Boyle could end up with at least 20 goals at the end of the season if he keeps up his fine play.
- Dan Girardi: Along with Marc Staal, Dan Girardi is one of the team’s and league’s best shutdown defensemen. He blocks a ton of shots, makes smart decisions in the defensive zone with puck, contributes some offense (3-17-20) and is great with stick checks and poke checks. The 26-year-old continues to show that he has a very bright future on Broadway.
- Brandon Prust: Brandon Prust may not contribute a lot of offense but he does everything else the right way. He hits, he blocks shots, he goes hard into the corner to battle for pucks, he helps kill penalties and he sticks up for his teammates. He’s certainly been one of the team’s bright spots through the first half of the season.
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