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The Greatest New York Rangers of All Time

Updated September 21, 2020 24.9k votes 2.7k voters 31.5k views120 items

List RulesVote based only on players' time with the Rangers.

This is a list of the greatest New York Rangers players of all time. One of the Original Six franchises in the NHL, the Rangers have a storied history, albeit one that's generally associated with near misses. Despite the franchise generally being among the league's best, the team has only won one Stanley Cup since 1940. That doesn't mean the team hasn't had some of the best players in the NHL, whether top Rangers goalies or goalscorers.

Some of the greatest Rangers in team history are some of the most recognizable faces in the league. Many NY Rangers players have taken home individual honors, even when the team has faltered. If you want hall of fame players, the Rangers have them. Mark Messier, Brian Leetch and even Wayne Gretzky have suited up on Broadway. The Blueshirts have always featured a rich history of strong goaltending with the likes of Eddie Giacomin, MIke Richter and Henrik Lundqvist all standing between the pipes.

Who are some of the greatest NY Rangers of all time? That's not an easy question, especially when you consider who has played for the team. But it's up to you decide. Are these guys the greatest hockey players of all time or even the best players today? Take a look and vote up and down your favorite Rangers of all time. 

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  • Brian Leetch1
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    Brian Leetch

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceCorpus Christi, Texas

    NationalityUnited States of America

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    #4 of 64 The Greatest American Hockey Players of All Time#10 of 116 The Best Defensemen in NHL History

  • Henrik Lundqvist2
    809
    341

    BirthplaceÅre, Sweden

    NationalitySweden

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    #53 of 80 Twins in Sports#54 of 191 The Best Current NHL Players

  • Andy Bathgate3
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    Andy Bathgate

    Centerman

    BirthplaceWinnipeg, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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  • Mike Richter4
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    Mike Richter

    Goaltender

    BirthplaceAbington Township, Pennsylvania

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • Mark Messier5
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    Mark Messier

    Centerman

    BirthplaceEdmonton, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    #1327 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#38 of 116 The Greatest Left-Handed Athletes of All Time

  • Rod Gilbert6
    431
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    Rod Gilbert

    Right wing

    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • Jean Ratelle7
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    164

    Jean Ratelle

    Centerman

    BirthplaceLake Saint-Jean, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • Eddie Giacomin8
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    Eddie Giacomin

    Goaltender

    BirthplaceGreater Sudbury, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    #30 of 99 The Top Hockey Goaltenders of All Time#38 of 75 People Who Should Be in the Hockey Hall of Fame

  • Brad Park9
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    Brad Park

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • Adam Graves10
    366
    222

    Adam Graves

    Right wing

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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  • Jaromír Jágr11
    426
    222

    Jaromír Jágr

    Right wing

    BirthplaceKladno, Czech Republic

    NationalityCzech Republic

  • Vic Hadfield12
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    131

    Vic Hadfield

    Left Wing

    BirthplaceOakville, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • John Vanbiesbrouck13
    204
    139

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • Phil Esposito14
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    Phil Esposito

    Centerman

    BirthplaceSault Ste. Marie, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • Ron Greschner15
    177
    125

    Ron Greschner

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceGoodsoil, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • Ryan McDonagh16
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    147

    Ryan McDonagh

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceSaint Paul, Minnesota

    NationalityUnited States of America

  • Harry Howell17
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    121

    Harry Howell

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceHamilton, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    #22 of 30 The Best Athletes Who Wore #3#28 of 50 The Best Athletes Who Wore #5

  • Walt Tkaczuk18
    182
    120

    Walt Tkaczuk

    Centerman

    BirthplaceEmsdetten, Germany

    NationalityCanada, Germany

  • Alexei Kovalev19

    Right wing

  • Wayne Gretzky20
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    319

    Wayne Gretzky

    Centerman

    BirthplaceBrantford, Canada

    NationalityUnited States of America,Canada

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  • Mike Gartner21
    237
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    Mike Gartner

    Right wing

    BirthplaceOttawa, Canada

    NationalityCanada

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    #79 of 502 The Best NHL Players of All Time#29 of 56 The Best Arizona Coyotes of All Time

  • Mats Zuccarello22
    328
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    Mats Zuccarello

    Left Wing, Forward

    BirthplaceOslo, Norway

    NationalityNorway

  • Daniel Girardi23
    167
    126

    Daniel Girardi

    Defenseman

    BirthplaceWelland, Canada

    NationalityCanada

  • Chris Kreider24

    Left wing

  • Sergei Zubov25