Defenseman Brady Sjkei leads the 2014 Fall Edition of the New York Rangers top 20 prospect list. Skjei was picked in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)
Six new players have been added to the New York Rangers top 20 prospect list this fall. Those include four players drafted in June and two that were signed as free agents since last spring.
Photo: Defenseman Ryan Graves had a strong third year of junior hockey, split between the Charlottetown Islanders and Val d’Or Foreurs. Graves was selected by the New York Rangers in the 4th round of the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)
When the New York Rangers drafted Anthony Duclair in the third round of the draft last summer, they were hoping that the young Quebec Remparts left wing would bounce back from a mediocre sophomore season and become a really good prospect. But even the most optimistic scout could not have predicted how successful Duclair would be in his 2013-14 season.
Photo: Forward Steven Fogarty is one of three New York Rangers prospects who played the 2013-14 season in the NCAA. Fogarty was selected by the Rangers in the third round of the 2011 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)
The New York Rangers had three prospects playing in the NCAA during the 2013-14 season, as well as three skating in Europe.
Photo: Forward Anthony Duclair had a huge 2013-14 season in the QMJHL, where he managed 50 goals and 49 assists in 59 regular season games. Duclair was selected in the third round of the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
The New York Rangers have had a big turnover in their top prospects over the last few years, as more and more young players have cracked their NHL roster. Chris Kreider, who has been a top prospect since he was drafted in 2009, has graduated after being the franchise's best prospect for the last three years.
Photo: Dylan McIlrath has gradually developed into a dependable and physical defensive defenseman. The New York Rangers selected McIlrath 10th overall in the 2010 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
It seems like a distant memory now, but just six or seven years ago, the New York Rangers had few homegrown players on their NHL roster. Big name free agents were the norm for this original six team, with few of the team's prospects ever appearing in more than one or two games on Broadway.