Rangers Report Card – 2010-2011 season
(listed in order of point production)
Brandon Dubinsky – B+ – A pretty good year for Dubi leading the team in goals (24) and assists (30) for 54 points in 77 games, while also playing a solid physical game, 7th on the team with 141 hits. He's one of the Rangers' best players. He has shown some leadership already so a little more is expected from him at key times and in big games. A year ago expectations were not quite as high, and next year they'll be higher. He has established himself as one of the teams' core, heart and soul players.
Marian Gaborik – D – He missed 20 games due to injury, but 48 points (22g, 26a) in 62 games isn't going to cut it for our highest paid player at 7.5 million. His job is to score goals. He managed to do that last year by making space for himself and using his quick release shot. One way he used to make space for himself was by waiting near our blue line to take a breakout pass and race down ahead of the opposition's defense to score. This year he was made to help get the puck out of our defensive end and try to skate or pass it out. Gabby didn't get to play his game, in part, because he was forced to play defense, which he sometimes did half-heartedly. He also used to make space for himself by approaching the slot from higher in the circle, above the hash marks, this year he was often grinding along the boards or trying to establish himself in front of the net. It didn't work. That grinding game doesn't seem to suit Gabby very well and happily he made it out of the season without a major injury. Also, his linemates sometimes couldn't find him fast enough when Gabby did make some space. He needs a big bounce back year next season; hopefully Tortorella's "process" includes allowing Gaborik to get back to his game soon.
Ryan Callahan – A – Widespread speculation says this guy is the Rangers' Captain to be. Many fans just want to know when the "C" is going to be sewn on his sweater already. A tough year for him, missing 22 games and the post season due to injuries, but he still managed to tie for second on the team with 48 points (23g, 25a). He also was second on the team and number 15 in the league with 224 hits. Definitely a core player on this team, and someone Coach Tortorella has turned to in all situations.