For all intents and purposes, the only true battle at NY Rangers camp is for the fourth line spots. The top-nine is more or less set, even if we see some line shuffling throughout the season. The battle for the fourth line essentially consists of Brendan Lemieux, Brett Howden, Kevin Rooney, Colin Blackwell, Morgan Barron, Patrick Khodorenko, Justin Richards, and Austin Rueschhoff.
I hate to say spots are guaranteed, but let’s be real. Some spots are guaranteed. Lemieux and Howden are going to be in the lineup on opening night.