The Surpassable Individual Scoring Records of the New York Rangers
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The Surpassable Individual Scoring Records of the New York Rangers

The individual single season scoring records of the New York Rangers are often surpassed each season by several players from other National Hockey League teams. Therefore, each season, a player from the team has a chance to make his mark in hockey history.

Unlike teams such as the Edmonton Oilers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Los Angeles Kings and Detroit Red Wings, the individual single-season scoring records of the New York Rangers still have a chance of being broken.

While some of the big number NHL players did call Madison Square Garden, the New York Rangers arena, home, it wasn’t until the twilight of their careers when the points weren’t building up like they used to. For example, Wayne Gretzky holds the league mark for points in a season with 215, set in 1985-86. Gretzky’s best season total in his three years as a Ranger was 118 points less at 97. However, that 97 point season in 1996-97 is still tied for eighth all-time for New York.

Only 14 times over the past 42 years has the NHL’s Art Ross Trophy winner had less points than the 123 that make up New York’s single season high mark. One of those 14 was 1994-95 when the season was shortened to 48 games due to labour problems.

Jaromir Jagr owns that mark of 123 points, achieved in 2005-06. Jagr’s best season in the NHL came during the 1995-96 season when he totaled 149 points with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

There are just five other New York players to surpass the 100 point plateau in a season. Jean Ratelle had 109 in 1971-72. It should be noted that Ratelle achieved this mark while playing only 63 games. Mark Messier had 107 in 1991-92, his first in a Rangers jersey after twelve stellar years with the Edmonton Oilers. Vic Hadfield (106 in 1971-72), Mike Rogers (103 in 1981-82) and Brian Leetch (102 in 1991-92) complete the group.

Jagr is also one of only three Rangers to cross the 50 goal threshold. His 54 goals in that same 2005-06 season are two better than the 52 by Adam Graves in 1993-94 and four better than Vic Hadfield’s 50 in 1971-72. Of course, Gretzky owns the league mark with 92 set in 1981-82.

As a defenseman, it’s quite understandable that the bulk of Brian Leetch’s 102 points in 1991-92 came as assists. With 80 that season, Leetch holds the Rangers record for most in a season. Not a one-hit wonder, Leetch is also third and sixth on New York’s all-time list with 72 in 1990-91 and 70 in 1995-96.

Unlike Oilers fans who had Wayne Gretzky create unreachable team scoring records or Pittsburgh Penguins fans who had Mario Lemieux do the same, Rangers fans can still hold hope each season that a magical player will come along and make team history.


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Comments (3)

Great write..thanks

Yes, this is my favorite sport. thanks for sharing.

as a long-suffering Ranger fan, I enjoyed your article. Check out my film reviews if you get a chance