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The Rangers Will Go As Far As Their Young Players Will Take Them

Published April 4, 2024 at 11:51 PM

The perception of Alexis Lafrenière as some kind of bust or disappointment has been steadily crumbling throughout this breakout season, same goes for Kaapo Kakko!

Kakko has 19 points (13G, 6A), and is currently on a five game point streak, second longest of his career. The Rangers are 40-11-3 when he plays. A 125 point pace. When he doesn't play, they're 11-10-1, which is an 86 point pace. Criticize his point production all you want, you can't deny the fact that they win with him at an incredibly high rate.

As for Lafrenière, he has already surpassed his career high of 39 points last season with 54 points this season (26G,28A), 15 more points than last season with six more games left to play. The Rangers are 19-1-1 when he scores, and has had 22 points in last 21 games played. All this has transpired to the Rangers having their best season since the 2014-2015 season.

Of course, the playoffs is what matters most, and it'll be up to Lafrenière and Kakko to take the scoring load off of Panarin, Kreider and Zibanejad if they hope to win the franchise's first title in 30 years.
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