Henrik Lundqvist, G, No. 30: The former Vezina Trophy winner might have been overshadowed at the beginning of the second round by the stellar play of Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby, but Lundqvist elevated his game in the final two games to cement his status as “King” of New York. His poise under pressure remains his best asset, as he recorded his sixth straight Game 7 victory -- a league record. What is perhaps more impressive is that he has given up just one goal or fewer in all six of those games.
Ryan McDonagh, D, No. 27: The team captain was a beast in Game 7, with five shots on goal, three takeaways and six blocked shots in 29:02 of ice time. Along with defensive partner Dan Girardi, McDonagh was tasked with the difficult job of trying to contain Capitals dynamo Alex Ovechkin, and the tandem did relatively well in this aspect, holding him off the score sheet in four out of seven games.
Dan Girardi, D, No. 5: One of the team’s grittiest, heart-and-soul leaders, Girardi is the club’s resident ironman. Always one to sacrifice his body to block a shot or absorb a huge hit without even batting an eye, Girardi helped McDonagh neutralize the Capitals’ top duo of Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.
Marc Staal, D, No. 18: Another stalwart on defense and guiding presence inside the Rangers' room, the 28-year-old defenseman is an alternate captain for good reason. What you see is what you get with Staal, a hardworking, physical player with size and reach who can frustrate opponents and make smart plays with his stick.
Dan Boyle, D, No. 22: Status unknown after a crushing hit from Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik in the third period of Game 7 forced him from the ice. The veteran blueliner struggled to get to his skates after the borderline check, which went unpenalized, and had to be helped to the trainer’s room.
Derek Stepan, C, No. 21: The Game 7 hero, Stepan notched the deciding goal in overtime to clinch the series against the Capitals. Key penalty killer. Has centered one of the team’s most impactful lines between Chris Kreider and Jesper Fast. Has three goals and eight points through 12 games this postseason. Needs to improve from the faceoff circle.
Kevin Klein, D, No. 8: Made his 2015 playoffs debut in the second round after missing extended time with a broken arm sustained in mid-March. Klein’s return was a huge boost to the Rangers' back end in terms of adding another player with veteran experience on defense.
Rick Nash, LW, No. 61: Routinely hammered throughout the playoffs for his lack of production, the top winger notched his second goal of the playoffs in the team’s 4-3 win in Game 6. Was active and engaged throughout the series, even if he wasn’t always rewarded on the score sheet.
Derick Brassard, C, No. 16: One of the team’s most creative and dynamic offensive threats, Brassard leads the Rangers with five goals, fueling the team’s offense even when his other linemates went cold. The Rangers would like to see him improve from the faceoff circle.
Chris Kreider, LW, No. 20: A player whom teammate Girardi aptly described as a “freak of nature” for his uncanny speed and strength, Kreider thrives in the type of physical, demanding series the Rangers faced against the Capitals. The 24-year-old power forward, who burst onto the scene with a sensational debut in the 2012 playoffs, is elevating his game again this spring.
Martin St. Louis, RW, No. 26: Still searching for his first goal of the playoffs, St. Louis has had difficulty producing in 12 games this postseason. In Game 7, the veteran winger was benched during a stretch in the third period. Was a huge factor in the team’s playoff success last spring.
Keith Yandle, D, No. 93: Defenseman with ample offensive abilities and power-play experience. The team’s marquee trade-deadline acquisition had some shaky moments in the semifinals, particularly when paired with Boyle, but made a few excellent defensive plays in Game 7 and picked up an assist on the game winner that clinched the series in OT.
Carl Hagelin, LW, No. 62: One of the speediest players in all the NHL, Hagelin seems to find another gear in the playoffs. Tallied a series-clinching winner in Game 5 against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Round 1. Another key contributor on the penalty kill. Critical in fueling the team’s strong transition game.
Mats Zuccarello, RW, No. 36: Injured in Game 5 of the team’s first-round series against the Penguins, the diminutive Norwegian forward missed the entirety of the team’s second-round set against the Capitals. It is not immediately clear whether he will be available in Round 3, though head coach Alain Vigneault hinted at the possibility Wednesday night, telling reporters he was "coming along." Should he return to the lineup, his presence would offer a huge boost. Despite his stature, he’s an offensive catalyst and can antagonize opponents. Last season, he led the Rangers with 59 points.
Dominic Moore, C, No. 28: Valuable veteran centerman who worked his way up to a top-nine assignment with his strong play in the second round. Seems to thrive in the grinding style of the playoff circle. Team’s best faceoff specialist.
Kevin Hayes, C/RW, No. 13: The former Boston College standout had a breakout season and has risen to the occasion in a few key moments this playoffs as well. Hayes notched the overtime winner in Game 4 against the Penguins and notched the all-important equalizer for the Rangers in Game 7 before Stepan’s overtime heroics. Versatile in that he can play both center and wing.
Jesper Fast, RW, No. 19: One of the most underrated forwards for the Rangers during the playoffs, Fast has performed well in a top-six role. Does the little things right. Plays with deceptive physicality.
J.T. Miller, C, No. 10: Hardworking, physical centerman who’s finding his game and is developing into a solid pro. Adds depth down the middle for the Rangers and an extra element of jam in the playoffs.
James Sheppard, LW, No. 45: Another trade-deadline acquisition, Sheppard is a solid depth winger with a straightforward style. Not the fastest guy around but he’s hard on the puck and plays a heavy game, well-suited for this time of year. Also a versatile player who can play center or the wing.
Tanner Glass, LW/RW, No. 15: Fourth-line forward who adds sandpaper and saltiness to the Rangers' lineup. Can dish out the big hits. Willing to drop the gloves. Just take a look at Capitals defenseman Tim Gleason's face for evidence.
Cam Talbot, G, No. 33: The Rangers might not be in their current position without the contributions of Talbot, who took the reins for almost two months when Lundqvist went down with a vascular injury at the end of January. Though many predicted the Rangers would take a tumble down the standings, Talbot’s steadiness in the crease allowed the Rangers to cruise along without missing a beat. Definite trade bait heading into this offseason for any team looking to improve in goal.