Ranger can also use Swords (Main hand only), Axes (Main and Off-hand), Dagger (Off-hand), plus Torch (Off-Hand), and Warhorn (Off-Hand). Those weapons are more than stat sticks and the Ranger is supposedly going to be viable when using them. You won't play a Ranger (effectively) in melee the same way you would effectively play a Warrior, Guardian, or Thief and the weapon combos you select will change the way you play them effectively. Each melee possibility seems to be vastly different gameplay styles for each class/profession and each weapon combo. So you have a lot of options for finding a playing style you prefer.
P.S. I just find boomerang Axes to be more than a bit silly.... -_-'