Greatest New York Rangers of all time by jersey number (Part 1: 90-99)

Each season the New York Rangers bring in new players and new jersey numbers are distributed. Without fail, the first thing that comes to my mind is the players who have worn this number before. Then I ask myself who is the greatest goalkeeper ever to wear this number? Well, here is my list. Over the next two weeks, I’ll be sharing who I think is the greatest, along with some honorary mentions, in a ten-part series.

#99: Wayne Gretzky

April 4, 1997: New York Rangers’ Wayne Gretzky center during a game against the Buffalo Sabers at Marine Midland Arena in Buffalo, New York. The Cypresses won the match 5-2. Mandatory credit: Rick Stewart/Allsport

That’s pretty easy not only because he’s the only one to wear #99, but he’s the greatest player in NHL history. Gretzky signed with Rangers prior to the 1997 season to be reunited with fellow racer Oilers Marc Messier. “The Great One” will play three seasons on Broadway, playing a total of 234 games. Gretzky led the NHL team in assists in the first two seasons (72 and 67) and in his final season, he won the Lady Bing Cup.

His last stats streak in Rangers: 234 GP 57 G 192 A 249 PTS

No. 98: Nothing

There were no Rangers wearing No. 98 in a regular season or playoff game. Recently, Rangers assigned the number to potential goalkeeper Dylan Garand in the past two training camps. Could he be the first to wear it in a game?

#97: Matt Gilroy

MONTREAL, CANADA – FEBRUARY 5: Matt Gilroy #97 of the New York Rangers skates with a puck during an NHL game against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Center on February 5, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Canadians beat Rangers 2-0. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz / Getty Images)

Leaving Boston University, Matt Gilroy was the most sought-after free agent in 2009. He won the Hobby Baker Award and the National Championship. The Rangers signed him to a two-year contract and brought the Long Island native home. Gilroy had two different spells with the Rangers, totaling 3 seasons and 142 appearances for the Blueshirts.

His last stats streak in Rangers: 142 GP 7 G 19 A 26 PTS

#96: Emerson Ateem

Street. PAUL, MN – DECEMBER 17: New York Rangers’ 96th Emerson Eitem skates with the puck against the Minnesota Wild during the game on December 17, 2015 at Excel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

Etem is the only player in Rangers history to wear the #96. The California native was the Anaheim Ducks’ first-round pick in 2010. He was traded to the Rangers before the 2015-16 season for fan favorite Carl Hagelin, which we may see on this list later. Etem was unable to move forward with the Rangers and only 19 matches were traded in the Rangers tenure.

His last stats streak in Rangers: 19 GP 0 G 3 A 3 points

#95: Vinnie Lettieri

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 25: Vinnie Lettieri #95 of the New York Rangers shoots and scores in the first period against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Madison Square Garden on March 25, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

Lettieri is the only player to wear #95 for Rangers. I’m still convinced that if Rangers give him more chances in a Top 9 role, he’ll be a strong contributor to them. Lettieri was signed by Rangers as a UDFA out of the University of Minnesota and played 4 seasons in the Rangers organization. He played two seasons in the NHL with a total of 46 games played.

Final Rangers baseline: 46 GP 2 G 6 A 8 PTS

#94: Derek Bogard

October 21, 2010: New York Rangers forward Derek Bogard (94) and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Colton Orr (28) battle during the first period of hockey league at Air Canada Center in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Anson Hung/Icon SMI/Icon Sport Media via Getty Images)

Derek Bogard, one of the toughest players of his era, signed a lucrative 4-year contract with Rangers ahead of the 2010-11 season. Boogaard tragically passed away at the end of his first season with the Rangers of an accidental drug overdose at the age of 28.

Final Rangers baseline: 22 GP 1 G 1 A 2 PTS 45 PIM

#93: Mika Zibanjad

NEW YORK, NY – May 22: New York Rangers’ 93rd Mika Zibanegad celebrates his first goal of the period against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game Three of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs round two at Madison Square Garden on May 22, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

I think there are two really strong options for #93. The two I’ve been discussing are Peter Nedved and Mika Zibanijad. In the end, I went with Mika. Since he was acquired by Rangers prior to the 2016-2017 season, he has been fantastic with Rangers. Many Rangers fans believe his trade is one of the best in Rangers history. Mika signed a giant 8-year extension in pre-season last year and rewarded Rangers with an 80-point season and his first All-Star Game.

Current Rangers stats line: 404 GP 165 G 199 A 365 points

Honorable Mention: Petr Nedved 478 GP 149 G 202 A 351 PTS

#92: Michael Nylander

NEW YORK – MARCH 13: New York Rangers #92 Michael Nylander tackles the disc during the game against the Ottawa Senators on March 13, 2007 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Senators defeated Rangers 3 to 2. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Nylander signed with Rangers after the 2004 closing and teamed with Jaromir Jagger to have two seasons of Monsters on Broadway. Nylander will have the best two years of his 15-year career in New York. He averaged a point per game in his two years and helped lead Rangers back to the playoffs in 2005-06 after a 7-year drought.

Rangers baseline final: 160 GP 49 G 113 A 162 points

#91: Marcus Neslund

NEWARK, NJ – DECEMBER 12: New York Rangers 91st Marcus Naslund skates against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on December 12, 2008 in Newark, New Jersey. The Demons defeated the Guardians 8-5. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Naslund ended an impressive career by signing a free agent contract with Rangers for the 2008-09 season. He is considered one of the best Swedish NHL players and one of the best Vancouver Canucks of all time. In his only season with Rangers Naslund, he led Rangers in goals with 24.

Baseline Rangers Final: 82 GP 24 G 22 A 46 PTS

No. 90: Alexander Georgiev

MONTREAL, QC – FEBRUARY 22: New York Rangers goalkeeper Alexander Georgiev #90 earns the spot during his first National Hockey League game against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Center on February 22, 2018 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the New York Rangers 3-1. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

This is a little tricky because Georgiev wore the #40 as well but I have someone else on my mind for that. Also, I am not a fan of Vlad Namestnikov which would be the other option. Georgiev was a very strong goalkeeper for Rangers who I think was subjected to some unexplained heat from the fans. After signing to UDFA in 2017, Georgiev played five seasons with the Rangers. He is the 12th in the history of Rangers in matches played and won by a goalkeeper.

Rangers final stats streak: 129 GP 58-48-11 2.94 GAA .908 SV %8 SO

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The best Rangers of all time wear the numbers 99 to 90. There is not much controversy with this group. If you do not agree with any of the selections, the audio will be turned off in the comments! 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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