The New York Rangers' prospects had an excellent season, as the fruits of the changes in drafting philosophy continue to bear fruit. The awards include three first round selections and two picks from the 2011 entry draft.
Team Depth Chart of NHL Prospects
- Potential power forwards
- Defensive and two-way defensemen in system
- Depth in potential third/fourth line players
- No future number one netminder in system
- No purely offensive defensemen in system
Legend of Players' Leagues
- Playing in N.A. Pro (NHL, AHL, ECHL, etc.)
- Playing in CHL (OHL, QMJHL, WHL)
- Playing in NCAA
- Playing in Europe
- Playing in Junior 'A' (USHL, BCHL, AJHL, etc.)
- Not Categorized Yet
Below is the middle third of Hockey's Future NHL Organizational rankings as voted by the Hockey's Future staff. To determine the ranking, each team's entire prospect pool was taken into consideration. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice each season, in the fall and spring.
With last Saturday's National Championship win, the 2011-12 NCAA season ended for Rangers' prospects. New York's top prospect, Chris Kreider, and his Boston College Eagles defeated the Ferris State Bulldogs by a score of 4-1. Then, after returning to Chestnut Hill for celebrations and a couple of last days of classes, Kreider signed a contract and joined the Rangers to prepare for the NHL playoffs. The Blueshirts' only other NCAA prospect, Danny Hobbs, had his season end earlier in the NCAA playoffs, suffering a broken wrist in the Hockey East Quarterfinal Series.
Chris Kreider remains the top prospect in the Rangers organization. Two players, Tomas Kundratek (WAS) and Dale Weise (VAN), who appeared on the last ranking have since been traded, and one, Ryan McDonagh, has graduated. Carl Hagelin, who is close to graduation, plays on New York's top line with Marion Gaborik and Brad Richards. Michael St. Croix, who had an outstanding 2011-12 junior campaign, is also a quick riser. In total, there are 13 forwards, five defensemen and two goaltenders that comprise New York's spring 2012 Top 20. The top four prospects are all expected to compete for NHL roster spots next fall.
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»
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