Rangers Roundup: Zibanejad practices social distancing, Howden’s future, and more

The Rangers continue to be very active with fans on social media, in particular Instagram. Mika Zibanejad shared a video of himself today practicing social distancing. Other Rangers continue to send out positive and thankful messages as well.

Social Distancing Mika’s way

Zibanejad’s Instagram showed there’s basically not much he isn’t good at. Here’s clip of him playing tennis and tagging it with #SocialDistancing.

Howden’s future

Larry Brooks continued his series of in-depth looks at member of the New York Rangers with center, Brett Howden. Or is he a center as Brook insinuated.

So after two years, how much do we really know about what to expect from Brett Howden, other than the fact that the 22-year-old is always going to put in the work to improve and is always going to work on whatever assignment he’s given by the coaching staff? Beyond that, though: Is Howden a center, where he had played throughout his entire career until David Quinn moved him to the wing last December?

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While Brooks raises an interesting point, to me the answer is clear. Brett Howden should center one of the better 4th lines in the NHL for years to come. His projections coming over the last few years even with Tampa were never sure fire top 6 forward. Matter of fact many had him at best as a 3rd line center. So with the Rangers lacking depth down the middle that is where his future should be.

Lemieux’s Thanks

The 2005 Crosby Draft

In case you missed it, this weekend I did a feature on how the Rangers got shafted in the 2005 draft. After missing the playoffs for 7 consecutive seasons, they were somehow not given any better odds than the Penguins who missed three straight playoffs but were in the conference final in 2001. Read that whole story here and decide for yourself.

Did the Rangers Get Screwed in the Crosby Sweepstakes?