Predicting when every NHL team will win its next Stanley Cup

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New York Rangers

There was one point in time when the New York Rangers and the Big Apple waited over 50 years to win a Stanley Cup championship (1940-1994). While the Rangers won’t have that extensive wait period for their next Cup, it could still take some time before New York sees Lord Stanley again.

There’s promising youth already skating full-time on the Broadway Blueshirts’ roster such as Vladislav Namestnikov, Ryan Spooner, Pavel Buchnevich, Mika Zibanejad and Brady Skeji among others. Zibanejad and Namesnikov are set to blossom into some of the league’s more notable skaters, and then there’s Neal Poink who fans can expect to see at Madison Square Garden for years to come.

Yes, it’s hard to believe that the Rangers will win a Stanley Cup without Henrik Lundqvist, but that’s the reality.

Lundqvist, 36, has a contract that’s set to expire after the 2020-21 season, and the Rangers’ window to be a legitimate Stanley Cup contender again is more than likely just going to begin around that time. The timing took a turn for the worse for the King and New York.

The Rangers will have to win their fifth Stanley Cup with someone else between the pipes, and perhaps it’s goaltending prospect Igor Shesterkin (KHL); or maybe it’s someone else that’s not on the Garden Faithful’s radar, yet.

In five to six years the chances are that the New York Rangers are going to be competing for a Stanley Cup, but will the Rangers accomplish what they couldn’t back in 2014 Stanley Cup Final when New York fell to the Los Angeles Kings in five games?

2024 sounds about right for the Rangers to not only return to the Final but win a Stanley Cup. Fans will also point back to the team’s 2018 draft class as a prime reason why the team was crowned as champions, again.