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. Mackenzie Skapski CHL 6.5 D
2. 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. Josh Nicholls Pro 6.0 D
6. 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. Oscar Lindberg Pro 6.5 B
2. Cristoval Nieves NCAA 6.5 C
3. Steven Fogarty NCAA 6.5 C
4. Michael St. Croix Pro 6.5 D
5. Ryan Bourque Pro 6.5 D
6. Andrew Yogan Pro 6.5 F

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. Petr Zamorsky Europe 6.5 C
8. Calle Andersson Europe 6.5 D
9. Samuel Noreau Pro 6.0 D
10. Troy Donnay CHL 5.5 C

A Preview of the Rangers 1999 Entry Draft: Is it Neil Smith’s Last?

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The 1999 NHL Entry Draft is projected as one of the deepest drafts in years. And for Neil Smith, it represents the most important draft in his tenure as general manager of the New York Rangers.

That’s because it could be his last.

With the Rangers having missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year, the pressure is on Smith to end that streak next season. And next season starts on June 26 at the Fleet Center in Boston. The Rangers will be picking 11th overall in this year’s draft, and it is up to Smith, Director of Scouting Martin Madden, and the rest of the Ranger scouting staff to select a cornerstone player for an organization that has very few of them.

Needs: The Rangers pool of young players and prospects is one of the shallowest in the NHL, so they have many holes to fill. But their most glaring need is at the wing position, specifically, wingers of the high-scoring variety. The Rangers haven’t had a pure sniper since the days of Mike Gartner. And their best prospect on the wings, Stefan Cherneski, is still recovering from a shattered kneecap. New York needs a scorer in their system, and they need it badly.

Another position of need is defense. The Rangers have a few nice prospects in Burke Henry, Kim Johnsson, and Mike Mottau, but they don’t have a franchise-type defenseman in the system. Brian Leetch is not going to be around forever.
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Follow Up: Stefan Cherneski

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The Rangers picked Stefan Cherneski as their first pick in 1997. The Rangers didn’t have a franchise player on their hands, but a hard working kid who was destined for the NHL. Two years later, Cherneski’s career has been filled with triumph and tragedy and his hockey career lays in question.

Cherneski’s life started out a battle. The second child born to his family, Stefan was born 8 weeks premature and doctors were concerned for him. They wouldn’t allow him to go home for another 8 weeks as they placed his tiny body in an incubator to increase his chances for survival. Growing up Stefan became involved in local midget clubs but was never seen as a knock over prospect and thus he never heard his name called in the WHL draft. After signing with the Brandon Wheat Kings prior to the 95-96 season, Cherneski’s rookie year was not the most memorable. Stuck primarily in a third line left winger’s role on a deep and talented Brandon team, Cherneski finished with only 8 goals. Only 5’11 and 185 pounds at the time Cherneski didn’t have the raw ability to crack the Wheat Kings top line, or so everyone thought.

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Manny Malhotra: Rangers Catch a Steal

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After spending $44 million last year and failing to make the playoffs, things could not be looking worse for the Rangers. When the media is talking draft in March, something went wrong. What went wrong was the Rangers were just too darn old. Although possessing a few solid prospects, most were from resent drafts and thus were only 18 and 19 years old and most were not under contract. As the draft grew closer the Rangers had their sights set on a center, a big center with allot of upside. Unfortunately their top choices David Legwand and Manny Malhotra were ranked second and sixth respectively. Most experts actually expected them to go second and third. The Rangers chance to draft a big time center was slim. But something happened on that hot June day, somehow to the Rangers surprise Malhotra fell into their laps.

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Recent Ranger Picks Earn Mid-Season Accolades

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As the hockey season hits its midpoint, players at all levels get to showcase their abilities in various All-Star games and
international tournaments. But while the NHL has the International Showdown in Vancouver this weekend, and the Winter
Olympics in Nagano in February, junior hockey has the CHL All-Star games , and of course, the World Junior Championships,
which were just completed in Helsinki. The New York Rangers had eight players which were drafted in the past two years that
figured prominently in these events. A brief synopsis:

Cherneski, Henry named to WHL All-Star Team

Stefan Cherneski and Burke Henry, teammates on the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings, and Ranger draft
choices in 1997, have been named to the East team for the Western Hockey League All-Star Classic, which will be held in
Regina on January 21st.

Cherneski, a 6’1″ 195 lb. winger, and the Rangers first choice (19th overall) in the ’97 entry draft, leads the Wheat Kings in
goals, with 34 in just 41 games. He has been hot of late, after being cut from the Canadian national junior team in late
December. Henry, a 6’2″, 200 lb. defenseman, and the Rangers third choice (73rd overall), has blossomed this year, leading all
WHL rearguards in scoring with 56 points in 47 games.

Brown, Pepperall named to OHL All-Star Team

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Sleepers: Tracking The Progress Of The Rangers’ 1st Round Picks

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When you’re in New York, the pressure is always on. New York sports fans demand a winner, and they will usually accept nothing less. The New York Rangers
are no exception. Despite having some of the most loyal fans in the NHL, the Rangers also have some of the most scrutinizing fans, and they are not shy about
voicing their displeasure over the team’s performance. The fact that New York City is the media capital of North America doesn’t make it any easier. The pressure
to win places the general manager in a tough decision when it comes to developing talent. Can the team afford a few off-years in a row, but be able to develop
players through the minors and the draft? Or do they use those draft picks and prospects to get established players that allow them to compete for the Stanley Cup?
In the 1990′s Rangers’ GM Neil Smith has employed the latter strategy, and it has resulted in the Rangers’ first Stanley Cup in 54 years, in 1994. Sometimes the
strategy has worked, like when the Rangers traded Doug Weight and Tony Amonte for Esa Tikkanen, Stephane Matteau, and Brian Noonan, respectively. These
three players were integral parts of the Rangers ’94 championship teams. Other times the strategy has failed miserably, like when the Rangers traded young
defenseman Mattias Norstrom and a draft pick for Jari Kurri and Marty McSorley. Both players were ineffective in the playoffs, and were not on the team the
following season. Read more»