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Taking a Look at the New York Hockey Scene | August

1 A Anders Lee

The New York Rangers were active over the offseason, acquiring talent and getting healthy.

Now the Rangers enter the preseason looking to make a run and stand as one of the more intriguing teams bettors should consider when playing NHL futures and lines. With so much potential for a solid payout, bettors should take a look at NHL online sportsbook odds and consider making a wager given the positivity around the franchise.

Here’s a look at the latest preseason news and notes around the Rangers.

Maxim Lapierre Gets a Tryout

The Rangers will have center Maxim Lapierre in camp for a tryout before the season. He’s a veteran of the MODO Hockey in the SHL and HC Lugano of the Swiss National League A. Now 31 years old, Lapierre was last seen in the NHL in 2014 when he suited up for 80 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

There, he recorded 11 points and served in a smooth rotational role. The Rangers could use such a presence, provided Lapierre nails his tryout.

Mackenzie Skapski Back on Track

The Rangers were on the receiving end of a major blow last year when Mackenzie Skapski suffered a hip injury and didn’t have a chance to suit up.

A high-upside goalie at the age of 22, Skapski showed promise in 2014 and has throughout his developmental trek. Word out of New York’s recent developmental camp is he looks back to 100 percent after surgery, which is huge news for both Skapski and the team. A fully healthy Skapski means the Rangers have more options than usual this upcoming season should the coaching staff need to promote someone to the main roster.

Mika Zibanejad Looks Ready

Mika Zibanejad is another example of what a solid job the Rangers have done building up their system over the years.

Zibanejad is just 23 years old and just landed with the Rangers via a trade with the Ottawa Senators. Last year he trumpeted this upside with a strong 21 goals and 51 points, with word out of camp this year suggesting he’s ready to post even more production. This would obviously be a huge boon for the Rangers, who coughed up elite scoring option Derick Brassard in the trade.