Keeping Vatrano Should Become One of Drury’s Top Priorities

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 07: Frank Vatrano #77 of the New York Rangers celebrates his second period goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on April 07, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

This summer will be a tough test for President and General Manager Chris Drury because he’ll have a lot of decisions to make and not a lot of cap space to do it with. After he faced a lot of criticism from fans for his first offseason, he was able to rebound well addressing a lot of the issues he created by adding quality pieces at the deadline while not paying big prices.

One of the quality finds for Drury was from another cap strapped team the Florida Panthers in adding Frank Vatrano for a 4th round pick. If you do not get the chance to watch a lot of Panthers games, you probably were not to sure of what Vatrano would bring to the table. He’s been known for having a quality wrist shot, which he’s showcased since becoming a Ranger, he’s also got a lot of speed, and he’s shown versatility to slide up and down throughout the lineup.

His ability to be able to play on the right side of the Rangers top line has been a key to the Rangers recent run of success. It also makes that top line extremely hard to defend because all three men have the ability to finish and Vatrano’s ability to one time any pass is something we haven’t seen on that line previously.

Since coming to Broadway, Vatrano has registered six goals and has also helped the team become better at producing at even strength. This is probably one of the biggest keys to Vatrano becoming a Ranger because as we all know the team struggled mightily at even strength before the deadline.

Keeping Vatrano won’t be easy because he’s one of a few different pieces the Rangers should be trying to keep moving forward but Drury needs to do his due diligence to try and keep him this offseason. Vatrano is currently in the final year of his deal where he’s making 2.53M against the cap and you can guarantee that someone like him who’s shown his ability to score 20 goals will receive a bump in pay. Keeping Vatrano in the fold will also help the club’s depth scoring because if you let him go you’ll likely be looking for someone just like him next season to replace his production.

Andrew Copp, Tyler Motte, and Frank Vatrano have all been very good since becoming New York Rangers and they’re players that still have some room to grow to help this team to keep improving. Even though Drury might not have a lot of cap space moving forward it would be very wise of him to try and keep two of the three or even all three as part of the fold moving forward because they’ve shown they can be pivotal parts to this clubs success.

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