The Greatest Rangers Ever in New York by Jersey (Part 7: 30-39)

One of the great debates for fans of any team is who is the best player to wear this jersey number. As a New York Rangers fan, I ask myself this question whenever a new player receives his number. This is the seventh in a ten-part series of what I believe to be the greatest player in the history of the New York Rangers by number of jerseys. Today I discuss numbers 30-39. If you missed any of the first six parts, head over to the links below!

Greatest New York Rangers Ever by Jersey Number (Part 1: 90-99) – NHL Belly Up Sports

The Greatest New York Rangers Ever By Number Jersey (Part 2: 80-89) – Belly Sports

/ The Greatest New York Rangers Ever by Number Jersey (Part 3: 70-79) – Belly Sports

The Greatest New York Rangers Ever By Number Jersey (Part 4: 60-69) – Belly Sports

The Greatest New York Rangers Ever By Number Jersey (Part 5: 50-59) – Belly Sports

/ The Greatest New York Rangers Ever By Number Jersey (Part 6: 40-49) – Belly Sports

#39: Tony Granato

TORONTO, NOVEMBER 25: Tony Granato #39 of the New York Rangers skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game on November 25, 1989, at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Toronto defeated New York 7-4. (Photo by Greg Abel/Getty Images)

Rangers drafted Granato in the sixth round of the 1982 NHL Draft. After an outstanding college career in Wisconsin. Granato turned in one of the best rookie seasons in Rangers history. His 36 goals this season remains a rising record for Rangers. He was also named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. During his second season with the Rangers, he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in a fantastic deal with Bernie Nichols.

Final Rangers baseline: 115 GP 43 G 45 A 88 PTS

Number 38: Robbie Ftorek

New York-Circa 1982: Peter Stastney #26 of Quebec Nordic faces #38 Robbie Votorek of the New York Rangers during an NHL hockey game circa 1982 at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, New York City. Stastney’s playing career lasted from 1975 to 1995. (Photo by Focus on Sport / Getty Images)

Rangers acquired Ftorek during the 1981-82 season from Quebec Nordic. Ftorek made an immediate impact on the Rangers squad, producing 32 points in 30 games he played that season to help lead them to the playoffs. In the qualifiers, Vtorick led the team in scoring with 7 goals and 11 points in 10 matches. Vturik played four seasons for Rangers before retiring.

Final Rangers baseline: 170 GP 32 G 55 A 87 PTS

#37: Jan Hlavak

2004 season: New York Rangers player Jan Hlavak. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images Studios/Getty Images)

Rangers acquired Hlavac from Calgary Flames prior to the 1999-00 season. Hlavac had a great rookie season, scoring 19 goals, the fourth most in the team. He followed that up by scoring 28 goals in his second season. Hlavak teamed up with his compatriot Peter Nedved and Radek Dvorak to form the Mate Czech line. After two seasons, he was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers to Eric Lindros. Rangers recalled Hlavak for a second assignment on Broadway for the 2003-04 season.

Rangers baseline final: 218 GP 52 G 80 A 132 points

#36: Mats Zuccarello

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 10: Mats Zuccarillo #36 of the New York Rangers skate team against the New York Islanders at Madison Square Garden on January 10, 2019 in New York City. The New York Islanders won 4-3. (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Rangers discovered Zuccarillo after his strong performance at the 2010 Winter Olympics with Team Norway. Signed by Rangers as a free agent, he became the seventh Norwegian player to play in the NHL. After several difficult seasons to start his career in the National Hockey League, Zuccarello cemented his place in the Rangers lineup during the 2013-14 season. He would have earned 59 points that season to lead the team, and would also put in another 13 points in 25 playoff games to help lead the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final. He led the team again in scoring again during the 2015-16 season, starting a streak of three consecutive years, becoming the ninth player in Rangers history to do so. Rangers announced its rebuilding during the 2018-19 season and will trade fan favorites to the Dallas Stars.

Rangers final stats streak: 509 GP 113 G 239 A 352 points

#35: Mike Richter

US – June 7: Hockey: Stanley Cup Finals, Vancouver Canucks Pavel Bure (10) in the game against New York Rangers goalkeeper Mike Richter (35), Vancouver, Canada 6/7/1994 (Photo by Robert Beck/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images) ) (SetNumber: X46290)

Rangers drafted Richter in the second round of the 1985 NHL Draft entry. Early in his career, Richter formed one of the league’s best goalkeeping duos along with next man on this list John VanBiesbrook. Richter will take up the job full-time prior to the 1993-94 season. That year, Richter was named to his second All-Star Game, won the MVP, would win the 42nd NHL Playoff and lead Rangers to the Presidents Cup. Most importantly, Richter was going to help the Rangers win their first Stanley Cup in 54 years. Richter would become the first Rangers goalkeeper to win 300 games and retire the 35th team. He was inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008.

Rangers final stats streak: 666 GP 301-258-73 .904 SV % 2.89 GAA

#34: John VanBiesbrook

TORONTO, FE – MARCH 2: John VanBisbrook #34 of the New York Rangers skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs during an NHL game on March 2, 1991 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Greg Abel/Getty Images)

Rangers drafted Vanbiesbrouck in the fourth round of the 1981 NHL Draft entry. “The Beezer” would lead the NHL in wins, 31, in only his second full season and take home the Vezina Cup. In the full nine seasons he spent with Rangers, he would help lead the team to the playoffs in seven of them. He was selected for his first NHL All-Star game in 1986. The Rangers traded Vannesbrook after the 1992-93 season knowing they would lose him in the upcoming expansion draft. He would go on to play in 3 other All-Star games and was inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame in 2007.

Rangers final stats streak: 449 GP 200-177-47 .890 SV % 3.45 GAA

#33: Tony Amonte

US – Jan 27: Hockey: New York Rangers Tony Amonte (33) victorious after scoring against the Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles, CA 1/27/1994 (Photo by VJ Lovero/Sports Illustrated via Getty Images) (SetNumber: X45673)

Rangers drafted Amonte in the fourth round of the 1988 NHL Draft entry. Amonte had a rookie season for the beast, scoring 35 goals and making 69 points. He would have finished third in Calder’s vote and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. He continued his big rookie season with an even better second season. He finished second to the team with 76 points and 33 was the third goal on the team. Amonte was surprisingly traded on the deadline trade during the 1993-94 season to the Chicago Blackhawks for the next man on this list Stefan Matteo and Brian Noonan. Although he missed the Rangers race to the Stanley Cup, he went on to play in 5 All-Star games and was inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009.

Final Rangers baseline: 234 GP 84 G 99 A 183 PTS

#32: Stefan Mathieu

Canadian ice hockey player Stephen Matteo of the New York Rangers celebrates (with a stick raised above his head) after scoring the winning goal during the second overtime period of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, allowing the Rangers to defeat New Jersey. Devils Advance to Finals, New York, NY, May 27, 1994 (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Rangers acquired Mato on the trade deadline during the 1993-94 season for Tony Amonte. Rangers coach Mike Keenan, who previously coached him in Chicago, urged him to be included in the playoffs. This move paid off heavily during the Eastern Conference final. Mato might score the biggest goal in Rangers history, a double from OT Game 7 against the New Jersey Devils. Mato scored 6 goals and had 9 points in the Rangers Stanley Cup. During the 1995-96 season, Matto was traded with the St. Louis Blues and was reunited with Mike Keenan.

Final Rangers baseline: 85 GP 11 G 10 A 21 PTS

#31: Igor Shesterkin

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 24: Igor Shesterkin’s 31st New York Rangers hits the second half of the 86th Teofu Terravinen of the Carolina Hurricanes in Game 4 of the second round of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 24, 2022 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Hurricanes 4-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rangers drafted Igor in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Draft entry. Igor dominated the KHL and made his NHL debut during the 2019-20 season. Playing behind Rangers legend Henrik Lundqvist, Igor has played only 12 matches but will win 10 of them. Igor was out last year and is considered one of the best goalkeepers in the world. Igor put together one of the best statistical seasons in NHL history for a goalkeeper. He won the Vezina Cup, was a Hart Cup finalist, and was named to the First Team All-NHL. In his first true playoff match, he led Igor Rangers to the Eastern Conference Final. The 79 passes he made in the first game of the first round against the Penguins scored an advantage.

#30: Henrik Lundqvist

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 22: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers celebrate teammate Derek Stepan #21 net-empty goal against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period in Game Six of the first round of the Eastern Conference during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at Madison Square Garden On April 22, 2017, in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rangers drafted Lundqvist in the seventh round of the 2000 NHL Draft entry. “The King” became an instant star in New York. In his rookie season, he would help break a seven-year playoff drought while setting a Rangers record of 30 wins. He will also be named to the All-NHL Rookie Team. Hank would go on to become the best goalkeeper in the world and arguably the greatest goalkeeper in NHL history. Lundqvist won the Vezina Cup after the 2011-12 season. He was a finalist for the award four more times. He was selected for five All-Star games. The only goalkeeper in NHL history to score 30 wins in each of the first seven seasons. His 459 wins are the largest in Rangers history and the most wins by a European-born goalkeeper in National Hockey League history. Rangers retired his number 30 this last season.

Rangers final stats streak: 887 GP 459-310-96.918 SV% 2.43 GAA

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The best player in the history of the New York Rangers wears the number 30-39 shirt. This part was dominated by goalkeepers. Do you not agree with any of the choices? Comment below if you do. To learn more about my decisions on who I chose, you can listen to the Rangers’ weekly podcast, The Broadway Hat. Make sure you follow all the social media pages below so you can catch up on all 10 parts!

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