Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
Strengths
  • Potential power forwards
  • Defensive and two-way defensemen in system
  • Depth in potential third/fourth line players
Weaknesses
  • No future number one netminder in system
  • No purely offensive defensemen in system

About Prospect Scores and Probability

Prospect Criteria

Legend of Players' Leagues
Pro
Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
CHL
Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
NCAA
Playing in NCAA
Europe
Playing in Europe
Junior
Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
N/A
Not Categorized Yet

Goaltenders

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Brandon Halverson CHL 7.5 D
2. Igor Shestyorkin Europe 7.0 D
3. Mackenzie Skapski CHL 6.5 D
4. Jason Missiaen Pro 6.0 C

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Danny Kristo Pro 8.0 C
2. J.T. Miller Pro 7.0 B
3. Jesper Fast Pro 7.0 C
4. Ryan Haggerty Pro 7.0 D
5. Richard Nejezchleb CHL 6.5 C
6. Josh Nicholls Pro 6.0 D
7. Michael Kantor Pro 5.5 C

Left Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Pavel Buchnevich Europe 7.5 D
2. Anthony Duclair CHL 7.0 C
3. Marek Hrivik Pro 7.0 D
4. Adam Tambellini CHL 6.5 C
5. Chris McCarthy Pro 6.0 C

Centers

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Kevin Hayes Pro 7.0 C
2. Oscar Lindberg Pro 6.5 B
3. Cristoval Nieves NCAA 6.5 C
4. Steven Fogarty NCAA 6.5 C
5. Michael St. Croix Pro 6.5 D
6. Ryan Bourque Pro 6.5 D
7. Andrew Yogan Pro 6.5 F
8. Keegan Iverson CHL 6.0 C

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Brady Skjei NCAA 7.0 C
2. Dylan McIlrath Pro 7.0 C
3. Mat Bodie Pro 7.0 C
4. Conor Allen Pro 6.5 B
5. Tommy Hughes Pro 6.5 C
6. Ryan Graves CHL 6.5 C
7. Daniel Walcott CHL 6.5 C
8. Petr Zamorsky Europe 6.5 C
9. Calle Andersson Europe 6.5 D
10. Tyler Nanne Junior 6.5 D
11. Samuel Noreau Pro 6.0 D
12. Ryan Mantha Junior 6.0 D
13. Troy Donnay CHL 5.5 C

Rangers: Update on 1998-2000 draft picks

by Michael Theodore
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Heading into the 2003 National Hockey League Draft, the New York Rangers were faced with a variety of holes to fill in an attempt to return to respectability. The Rangers had to find a way to uncover not only solid prospects in their first few rounds but with their late round picks as well, because despite their relatively high draft position the past several years, the Rangers draft crops have yielded only a few positive returns so far.

The 1998 Entry Draft saw the Rangers take character forward Manny Malhotra with the seventh overall selection. Despite playing in the NHL at 18 years of age, Malhotra has yet to develop into the solid checking center the Rangers envisioned five years ago. He is currently playing for the Dallas stars and a serious cloud looms over his ability to score or even remain at the NHL once and for all.

In the second round of the 1998 draft, the Rangers selected power winger Randy Copley out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. However being drafted is seemingly as close as Copley will ever get to wearing an NHL sweater. After two frustrating junior campaigns in which he didn’t score or check enough to warrant a pro contract, Copley has bounced around the East Coast Hockey League where his results have been less than spectacular.

The Rangers selected goaltender Jason Labarbera and wings Boyd Kane and Patrick Leahy with their third, fourth and fifth round picks respectively. Though all three players have enjoyed some degrees of success in the American Hockey League, none seem likely to make any perman Read more»

The Home Stretch: A Look at the Rangers Prospects

by Michael Theodore
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Here’s a report on the Rangers prospects. Some continued to be pleasant surprises while others were disappointing, but all in all this is still a solid system despite some of the Rangers deadline dealings.

Jamie Lundmark has made great strides since the beginning of the year. His awareness on the ice is perhaps what has made the greatest improvment over the season, which allows him to better use his skills to his advantage. There’s whispers about him being a bust but it’s not fair to say just yet. While Lundmark would best be served to come to camp with the greatest physical and mental preparation possible, the Rangers understand he is a work in progress. Lundmark didn’t adjust immediately to his added bulk over the summer and at times it looked as if he added too much a la Christian Dube, however in time he seemingly made the necessary changes and has played a very encouraging second half of the season. Lundmark needs to concentrate better on his positioning with opponents so that they don’t steam role over him, and if he can make this necessary change he could be an effective two way center. If he doesn’t though, he’ll have a very difficult time making the jump to the NHL.

Garth Murray showed a bit more of a scoring touch then hoped for in his last junior season. Not a natural scorer, Murray topped the 30 goal plateau and averaged over a point per game for the Regina Pats. Murray is the ultimate team player and is a safe bet for becoming an NHL player. He likely needs a season in the AHL before challenging for a spot but he could Read more»

David Inman examined

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After lighting it up in the OHA in 97-98, expectations were high for David Inman who was born in New York City but was raised in Toronto. He was supposed to be one of the top college freshmen. He was supposed to be a first round draft pick. He was supposed to be a star for Notre Dame. Instead Inman finished with 20 points in 38 games along with tons of scouts scratching their heads. Undaunted, Inman was still a fairly high draft pick (59th overall) of the New York Rangers. The scouts like most experts, figured Inman would rebound and show the same talent that made him a top prospect a year earlier. What they saw during Inman’s sophomore season was a player who had all the tools needed to be a star, minus all hockey sense imaginable.

During the 99-00 season, Inman’s game was marked by both highs and lows. There were stretches when it appeared things were finally starting to click. These streaks however were short lived as Inman would inevitably fall back into a slide and look perpetually lost on the ice. He didn’t have the vision to make smart plays, and his shots often couldn’t find the net or simply didn’t even leave his stick at all. To make matters worse, Inman found himself being knocked around the ice due to his smallish frame of 180 pounds.

As his junior year neared, Inman added 25 pounds to his frame and hopes were high that at the age of 20 that he could finally begin to develop as planned. While Inman would play five more games than the previous season, he would actually have two fewer goals and one less assist than his sophomore cam Read more»

A Look Around the Farm Heading into the New Year

by Michael Theodore
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With 2002 approaching fast, the Rangers farm system finds itself ranked in the top half of the NHL but not within the top ten. Even though 2001′s first rounder Dan Blackburn has made the jump, the Rags still have half a dozen or so prospects worth mentioning and a few others who are appearing on the horizon and turning some heads. With the exception of several players, many of these kids are still a few seasons away from making any kind of professional noise. It is however interesting to point out that many of them were later draft picks who have been pleasant surprises.

First off we have to start with perhaps the Rangers best player outside the NHL at the moment, Rico Fata. Yes, the same Rico Fata who was claimed on waivers a couple of months ago and yes the same Rico Fata who was taken sixth overall by Calgary in 1998. If people could just put their pre-’98 expectations out of their way for a second they’d notice that Rico Fata is making tremendous strides in his third professional season. Granted he will never be the 100 point center everyone suggested he’d be as a 15-year-old playing in the OHL, but he still has the talent to be an effective two way winger. Despite being two months away from even turning 22, Fata has already double the experience most players his age have. Away from lofty expectations in Calgary, Fata is quietly scoring at a hundred point pace for the Hartford Wolfpack. He’s played every situation, has been solid defensively and has taken the body regularly. He’s been Hartford’s most consistent forward and also one of the AHL’s best over t Read more»

Questions from readers

by Michael Theodore
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The past four seasons have all started with the same glimmer of hope, an improved roster and the long awaited end to the Rangers playoff layoff. This year however there is no big name signing, no huge blockbuster trade, and importantly no lofty expectations. There is however something that is at least partially refreshing, the first legitimate chance to phase in some prospects without the fear that they were being rushed.

Jamie Lundmark and Pavel Brendl have both graduated from Juniors and both will once again get long looks in camp. Lundmark is stronger then ever and so far in rookie camp has looked extremely sharp and poised to make it to the show this season, whether it is straight out of the gate or as a call up later will remain to be seen. The swift skating center checked into the rookie camp at muscular 195 pounds, most of which was concentrated in his upper body. Jamie’s body has finally matured enough for him to carry the extra weight without slowing down any or drastically changing his game. Still {as predicted} his eventual playing weight figures to be in the 200 pound region as it would best serve him as a big league center. Jamie didn’t wait for the rookie camp to get into shape and it’s paid off, he’s the best conditioned prospect there and figures to possibly even challenge for the team fitness award as well.

Pavel Brendl on the other hand figures to need the rookie camp just to get ready for the regular camp. The enigmatic winger is exactly the type of player the camp was developed for. Brendl probably will never be a fitness champion Read more»