Photo: Goaltender Igor Shestyorkin is one of three netminders the New York Rangers have drafted over the last two years. Shestyorkin was a third round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images)
After being weak for several years at both the goaltending and center positions, the New York Rangers have shored up their organization depth chart and have a fairly strong group of prospects who will vie for NHL spots within the next two to five years.
Photo: Defenseman Daniel Walcott is having a strong second season in the QMJHL, with 12 points through 16 games. The Rangers picked Walcott in the fifth round of the 2014 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
The New York Rangers have nine junior prospects in their system in 2014-15. For the past few years, the Rangers traded many of their picks, and in the process depleted their junior prospect pool. But with the selection of seven prospects in 2014 NHL Draft, New York has restocked the system.
Photo: Boston College goaltender and Vancouver Canucks prospect Thatcher Demko was the first collegian chosen on the second day of the 2014 NHL Draft (courtesy of Derik Hamilton/Icon SMI)
The 2014 NHL Draft proved to be very good for NCAA hockey as 61 current and future collegians were selected by NHL teams. Read more»
Photo: Ryan Mantha was one of three defensemen the New York Rangers selected in the 2014 NHL Draft. Mantha was picked in the 4th round, 104th overall. (courtesy of Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The New York Rangers went into the 2014 NHL Draft with only four selections, in the second through fifth rounds. During the draft, New York made trades to add two additional picks, giving the Rangers seven selections for the first time since 2009.
Photo: Plymouth Whalers goaltender and former Belle Tire player Alex Nedeljkovic was chosen in the second round of the 2014 NHL Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes (courtesy of Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
It's no secret that youth hockey in the United States has made great strides the past few decades.
Players from more geographical locations continue to appear on the rosters of major junior teams in Canada, as well as USHL and NAHL clubs in the U.S. The National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, MI and the squads at the northeastern private schools and NCAA college teams also have more American players than ever.