The New York Rangers boast excellent forward depth, with the likes of Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller, and Mats Zuccarello all seeing some time on the NHL squad this season. The Rangers also have several other prospects who are close to making an impact in the NHL, including Christian Thomas, Jesper Fasth, and Dylan McIlrath.
There are 11 "home grown" players currently on the New York Rangers' roster, including former first round selection Chris Kreider, who played with the AHL Connecticut Whale as recently as January. Of the Rangers prospects currently on the Connecticut Whale roster, there are two former first round picks (Dylan McIlrath and J.T. Miller), one second round selection (Christian Thomas), and seven rookies overall.
The New York Rangers have become one of the NHL teams that rely most on good player development. As the result of a rebuild that lasted at least half of the last decade, close to half of the players on the 2011-12 roster had either been drafted or signed as free agents out of junior hockey.
Toronto, ON – The Ontario Hockey League today announced that Andrew Yogan of the Peterborough Petes is the OHL Player of the Week for the week ending March 18 after leading the league with eight points in three games scoring four goals and four assists along with a plus-minus rating of plus-4 to close out the OHL’s 2011-12 regular season schedule.
Yogan finished his OHL career with a five-point game including a career-high four goals as first star of an 8-6 win over the Oshawa Generals on Sunday evening. Yogan’s hat-trick goal in the third period on Sunday gave him 40 goals on the season for the first time in his five-year career and finished off an impressive month of March where he recorded 17 points in seven games for the Petes. Yogan also picked up an assist on Thursday despite an 8-1 loss to the Niagara IceDogs, and two assists on Tuesday in a 4-3 loss to the Generals.