The New York Rangers have made their final roster cuts prior to the season opener and they are now down to 24 players.

According to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News the New York Rangers have trimmed their roster down to 24 players and finally have their opening night roster set.

Conor Allen Stu Bickel Marek Hrivik Chris Kreider Oscar Lindberg Brandon Mashinter and Darroll Powe were among the seven players released by the Rangers and will be assigned to the Hartford Wolfpack. Powe Mashinter and Bickel are also required to pass through waivers for 24 hours before they can be assigned to the AHL.

Obviously the major surprises here are Kreider and Hrivik. Kreider was essentially placed in a top-six role to start the preseason and it was basically his spot to lose. He struggled right out of the gate but eventually came to form in the final game against the Los Angeles Kings. Had he played that way throughout the other games he would likely be suiting up on opening night in Phoenix. As far as Hrivik goes he had a very very strong preseason but was simply out-dueled by Jesper Fast.