The New York Rangers are a team and they would not be where they are today without the contribution of every single player on the roster.
Of course, the Conn Smyth Trophy is awarded at the end of the post season to the MVP of the playoffs and each team has at least one or two candidates. In the case of the blueshirt it could be argued that three players are worth considering.
New York Rangers MVP Candidate
Here are my three choices as Rangers’ top candidates for Conn Smyth. It should be understood that there is still a lot of playoff hockey to be played for this to change.
Adam Fox: He is the leader of all defense in playoff scoring with 20 points (5G – 15A) from 15 games. With his two assists in Game 1 against the Lightning, he extended his home point streak to 8 straight playoff games, a new team record. He also holds the record for most points in elimination games by a defender in a single playoff season with 10 (5 GP, 2G – 8A).
Micah Zibnejad: The Blueshirts’ top center has been left out of the scoresheet only four times through 15 games in these playoffs. He currently leads the team in scoring with 21 points (8G – 13A), ranking third in playoff scoring behind Edmonton’s Conor McDavid (29 points) and Leon Dresitl (28 points). Micah does it all for Rangers as the #1 center, top PK pivot, and the shot everyone sees on the first PP unit.
Igor Shesterkin: He is the finalist to win the Vezina and Hart Trophy this season, but he has had a poor start this season. In Games 3 and 4 in Pittsburgh, Shusterkin was allowed 10 goals on 45 shots in each contest. Of course, since that time he has been an astonishing 8-3 record with a GAA of 2.08 and .940 SV%, facing 5 wins.
Mika Zibnejad is currently the team ( New York Rangers ) MVP for the playoffs .
Micah, who is a soft spoken person, has been praised throughout the season and in the playoffs.
“He has been excellent. He has been our leader,” Gerard Gallant said on Wednesday. “He has done it all year, playing a great two-way game. Of course, in all the special teams he has been outstanding for us.”
Newcomer Frank Watrano was recognized as the perfect fit to play alongside Mika and Chris Kreider in the top line and can’t stop talking about how good their center has been.
“I am lucky enough to play with him. You can see how competitive he is and how much he wants to help this team win every night,” Vatrano explained. “It’s not just scoring goals. He’s so good defensively, he hits the penalty. He plays such big minutes for us. He is very valuable to our team. For him to take it to another level shows what a good player he is.”
The 29-year-old has really come into his own and has become a role model for one of the most important young players in the team.
“He’s a great leader,” said Philippe Chitil with admiration. “You can see it on the ice that he’s pushing us to be better players.”
Finally, taking into account what he does game in and game out, along with comments from his teammates, this is why he is my current MVP for Rangers ( New York Rangers ).