The New York Rangers have been a fixture in the National Hockey League since the 1926-27 season. The Rangers are one of the Original Six teams that existed before the 1967-68 NHL expansion. The team has produced six players that have surpassed the 100 point plateau in a single season. The first was in 1971-72 and the most recent was in 2005-06.
The New York Rangers have been a member of the National Hockey League since the 1926-27 season. It wasn’t until the 1971-72 season that the team had a player with a 100 point season on the roster. Since, the team has had a total of six players to surpass the plateau, although several players came close including Wayne Gretzky.
Jaromir Jagr holds the Rangers record for most points in a single season with 123 in 2005-06. It was the first of three seasons that Jagr played in New York and he scored 54 goals and assisted on 69 while playing the full 82 game schedule. The point total placed him in second in the race for the Art Ross Trophy, two points behind Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks.
Over his NHL career, to date, Jaromir has surpassed the 100 point plateau on five occasions and has earned the Art Ross Trophy five times. His career high came in 1995-96 when he totalled 149 points with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Jagr has played over 1,300 games in the NHL since 1990-91 with the Penguins, Washington Capitals, Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers.
Jean Ratelle was the first Ranger, along with Vic Hadfield, to have a 100+ point season. His 109 points in 1971-72 stood as a team record until Jagr broke it in 2005-06. Jean scored 46 goals and assisted on 63 while playing only 63 games. He was third in the NHL behind Phil Esposito and Bobby Orr of the Boston Bruins. Ratelle did earn the Lady Byng Trophy after sitting out just two minor penalties the entire season.
It was Ratelle’s only 100 point season over a 1,281 game NHL career that spanned from 1960-61 to 1980-81. Throughout his career, he played for just two teams, the Rangers and Bruins. Back in junior hockey, Jean reached 101 points in 47 games with the Guelph Biltmores during the 1960-61 season.
Mark Messier contributed 107 points in 1991-92 with 35 goals and 72 assists in 79 games. He tied Luc Robitaille of the Los Angeles Kings for sixth spot in the race for the Art Ross Trophy. 1991-92 was Mark’s first season with the Rangers after over a decade with the Edmonton Oilers.
It was Messier’s sixth and final 100 point season. All five other times he accomplished the feat were with the Oilers, topping out at 129 in 1989-90. Mark played 1,756 regular season NHL games with the Oilers, Rangers and Vancouver Canucks. His career game total is second only to Gordie Howe.
Vic Hadfield finished the 1971-72 season three points behind teammate Jean Ratelle with 106 points. Hadfield scored 50 goals and had 56 assists in 78 games, placing him fourth in the league. It was Vic’s only 100 point season during his 1,002 game NHL career that was played with the Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins.
Mike Rogers had 103 points during the 1981-82 season but did not even finish in the top 10. Wayne Gretzky led the league that season with his record breaking 92 goals and 212 points, more than double Mike’s total. Rogers scored 38 goals and added 65 assists while playing all 80 games.
It was the third of three consecutive 100+ point seasons for Rogers, the only three of his career. In the previous two seasons, Rogers totalled 105 in each for the Hartford Whalers. He played a total of 484 games in the NHL with the Whalers, Rangers and Edmonton Oilers.
Brian Leetch accumulated 102 points over 80 games in 1991-92. Leetch is one of just five defensemen to surpass the plateau in the National Hockey League. He scored 22 goals and added 80 assists, finishing ninth in the league. He earned the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman that season.
For Leetch, it was the only time during his career he would reach the plateau. He played 1,205 NHL regular season games with the Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins.