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 C
2. Igor Shestyorkin Europe 7.5 D
3. Mackenzie Skapski CHL 6.5 D
4. Jason Missiaen Pro 6.0 D

Right Wing

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Danny Kristo Pro 7.5 D
2. J.T. Miller Pro 7.0 B
3. Jesper Fast Pro 7.0 C
4. Ryan Haggerty Pro 6.5 C
5. Richard Nejezchleb CHL 6.5 C
6. Josh Nicholls Pro 6.0 D
7. Michael Kantor Pro 5.5 D

Left Wing

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

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 D
5. Ryan Bourque Pro 6.5 D
6. Keegan Iverson CHL 6.0 C
7. Michael St. Croix Pro 6.0 D

Defensemen

League Prosp. talent Prob. of success
1. Brady Skjei NCAA 7.5 C
2. Conor Allen Pro 7.0 C
3. Mat Bodie Pro 7.0 C
4. Ryan Graves CHL 7.0 D
5. Dylan McIlrath Pro 6.5 B
6. Daniel Walcott CHL 6.5 C
7. Tommy Hughes Pro 6.5 D
8. Tyler Nanne Junior 6.5 D
9. Petr Zamorsky Europe 6.0 C
10. Calle Andersson Europe 6.0 D
11. Samuel Noreau Pro 6.0 D
12. Ryan Mantha Junior 6.0 D
13. Troy Donnay CHL 5.5 C

Getting Straight to the Point

by Michael Theodore
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As the Former Rangers editor {other jobs within the industry have taken my time, prompting me to shift my focus to scouting instead of overseeing} I have watched the results of the past three drafts closely and have acquired a knowledge and understanding of those players drafted. Most of the stories in the New York area papers tend to be off beat and mis-informed about “future” Rangers. So for this article I’ve decided to respond to some rumblings I’ve heard as of late.

1. Jamie Lundmark is not going anywhere. Though the Rangers brass was less then pleased about his trade demand, they have seen Jamie turn the entire Seattle team around with his presence and performance.

2. Sather knows better then to ship Lundmark out in any deal, Lundmark is still the first line center of the future regardless of what writers 3,000 miles away might try to say.

3. Malhotra on the other hand is more likely to be traded. He hasn’t been bad but let’s be honest Muckler probably wasn’t very far off on his assessment of Manny. Manny should be a bigger, more aggressive version of Tim Taylor. 20 Goals is about his limit.

4. One of the Rangers goaltending prospects is the one who is the future. It is still Holmqvist on the inside track, but LaBarbera is a dark horse.

5. Pavel Brendl will not be a flop, it’s better to bring a 20 year old to the NHL then an 18 year old. In 5 years no one will remember the fact that he didn’t play as an 18 year old.

6. Mike Mottau is not and never will be the next Leetch. No w Read more»

Rangers WHL report

by Michael Theodore
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Pavel Brendl: Looks solid so far this season, his imporved conditioning is
obvious and though it would be hard for him to take his scoring up even
higher, his defense is noticeably better. He will never be a Selke candidate
but he is getting stronger in his own end and has actually assumed a position
of leadership on the Hitmen. If he shows up at camp he could easily win a
roster spot next season. Has proved that he never lost his scoring touch and
his showing in training camp was indeed just him showing his defensive
improvement. First line winger someday.

Jamie Lundmark: Appears more determined then ever to show why he was drafted
9th overall. Despite playing on a team that is not necessarily better then
his old one {Moose Jaw} he is by far and away Seattle’s best player. Two way
hockey, with an aggressive touch and leadership. He is on pace to break 100
points despite only playing in 64 games {max}. Has played on every line for
Seattle, and played all three foward positions. Is proving that his poor
perfomance in camp was a result of the injury nothing more. Looks like the
Rangers first line center of the future.

Filip Novak: A surprise at camp and a solid pickup by the Sather
administration. Is bigger then his listed size and appears to be around 6’1,
maybe 6’2 and about 185- 190 pounds. Will probably play at around 6’2, 200.
He plays a similar game to Kim Johnnson but may be a little bit more
aggresive. Doesn’t really look like a number one defenseman but a solid
number two guy. He has done everythi Read more»

A Matter of Heart – Stefan Cherneski

by Michael Theodore
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He was a sure fire NHL player. Not flashy or fancy but a solid, hard
working right winger who drew comparisons to John LeClair from GM Neil Smith.
He was slated as at least a second line NHL player and possibly even a first.
He was seen as a potential 35 goal scorer with the chance to move into the
40′s in his prime years. After a final successful year of junior hockey he
made a splash in the Rangers 1998 Training Camp and was the last player cut
on the last day despite being only 20 years old at the time. But that was the
beginning of a very stressful and painful two years in the life of Stefan
Cherneski, one he hopes to put in the past by making the Rangers this season
in what might end as one of the greatest hockey triumph stories ever told.

Stefan Cherneski was a solid prospect. Maybe not one that could claim to
be one of the top ten or so in the league but one that had the potential to
carve out a meaningful career. A surprise during the 1998 pre-season he came
within a skate blade of making the team. Beaten out by a 31 year old
journeyman named Brent Fedyk, Cherneski returned to Hartford determined to
make the team. That dream came crashing to a halt in a game against New
Haven when Cherneski was checked along the boards and his knee shattered into
7 pieces. Just to give you an idea of its severity, doctors weren’t sure if
Stefan would ever walk again properly let alone play hockey professionally. Read more»

All Quiet on the Rangers Front? Dessner Shines in Norway

by Evan Andriopoulos
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What is Glen Sather’s next move? With Edmonton`s signing of Todd Marchant, Sather is looking for that card up his sleeve, but does he have it in Stephane Quintal? At the end of the 1999-00 season many thought Quintal would have been gone for good by now, but he is still around. Odds are he may stay, or perhaps that is what Sather wants NHL GM’s to believe to increase his value. All eyes are now on defenseman and Hobey Baker winner Mike Mottau who did not sign a deal presented by Asst. GM Don Maloney last season that would have given him 20 AHL playoff games of experience. Mottau’s agent says that he has not even heard from Sather. All NHL people believe a deal will be done in time for camp, but with Sather being a sly as ever, will he give in Mottau? Or will Mottau give in to Sather?
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Rangers roster opens up

by Evan Andriopoulos
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Glen Sather pulled off a masterful move this past weekend by sending injured toughguy Darren Langdon and short term Ranger Rob Dimaio to Carolina for Sandy McCarthy and a conditional 4th round selection in 2001. On paper the move seems just by subtracting Langdon 6-0 205 and Dimaio 5 something and 1 something for McCarthy a 6-3 225 winger…but there is more to this move, a lot more. That “more” being the opening of a roster spot. McCarthy brings an element of toughness that the Rangers have lacked in recent years and an element of “pure mean” size that they have lacked since Barry Beck, Nick Fotiu and Ed Hospodar patroled the ice in the early 80`s. A conditional 4th rounder is some icing on the cake…but with protection for the masses, an open roster spot means new hope for the Ranger baby blue.

With talks surrounding the signing of Claude Lemeiux which will again cloud things we must enjoy the moments of hope that maybe, just maybe a Pavel Brendl, Jamie Lundmark or Chris Kenady will be able to play in New York next year… and maybe extra ice for Eric Lacroix, maybe can return to his 20 goal level of some years back.

Top Pre Season Candidates for Promotion:

Pavel Brendl: Brings loads of offensive ability…but also questions on his work ethic that he has worked this summer in dry land workouts to lose…
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