10) Ron Greschner
Over the course of his career, Greschner would tally four 20-goal seasons, including 27 in 1980-81, nearly unheard of for a defenseman in any era of the NHL. He held the career points record by a defenseman until Brian Leetch broke it in the late 1990s.
9) Brad Park
Park scored 25 goals and recorded 82 points in 1973-74, both at the time club records for defensemen. Outside of Bobby Orr, Park was the best defenseman in the NHL when he was with the Rangers.
8) Mike Richter
The 1994 Stanley Cup Championship never happens without his epic game 6 performance against the Devils. Had a spectacular 1995-96 and a brilliant 1997 playoffs in leading the Blueshirts to the conference finals. Second in franchise history with 301 wins, two-time winner of the Players’ Player award.
7) Bill Cook
Cook scored the franchise’s first goal on Nov. 16, 1926, inaugural 1-0 victory over the Montreal Maroons. Played on the 1928 and 1933 championship squads, getting the OT Cup-winner in ’33. Teamed with brother Bun and with center Frank Boucher to form the NHL’s most potent line combination of its time.
6) Jean Ratelle
Voted Players’ Player four straight seasons beginning with 1967-68, two-time club MVP. Third on the all-time list with 817 points, second with 336 goals. The epitome of a Ranger.
5) Eddie Giacomin
Giacomin put together four consecutive 30-win seasons from 1967-70, and from 1967-71, he won 138 games, including 30 shutouts. In Eddie’s eight years as starting goalie, the team never missed the playoffs. In 1972, he led the Rangers to the Stanley Cup finals against the Boston Bruins.
4) Andy Bathgate
Bathgate was a Ranger his entire 12-year career, during which he played in eight NHL All-Star Games. Won the 1958-59 Hart Trophy after an 88-point season in which he scored a career-high 40 goals.
3) Rod Gilbert
Scored career-high 43 goals in 1971-72 when he recorded 97 points, a total matched with a 36-61-97, 1974-75 at the age of 33. The all-time franchise leader in goals (406) and points (1,021), while second in assists (615) and third in games played (1,065). Played his entire career with the Rangers, choosing to retire early in the 1977-78 season.
2) Brian Leetch
In his rookie year, Leetch broke the record for most points by a rookie defenseman with 71 points, including 23 goals. That was enough to give him the Calder Trophy for Rookie of the Year. Leetch was the best defenseman in team history and Holds franchise records for goals, assists, and points (240-741-981) by a defenseman.
1) Mark Messier
The Captain changed the way the Rangers did business and turned the team into a contender and eventually the 1994 Stanley Cup Champions. In that 1994 championship season, he guaranteed a win against the New Jersey Devils in the Eastern Conference finals in game 6, with the Rangers down 3-2 in the series. All he did was go out and score a hat trick. The Rangers went on to win the series in seven games. The following series against the Vancouver Canucks saw him get credit for (Brian Noonan scored it!!) the game-winning goal in Game 7, ending the Rangers’ 54-year curse.