Where the Rangers have prospects land on a Top 50 list
The Athletic’s Scott Wheeler put together his list of the Top 50 drafted prospects in the NHL.
The only Ranger to make the list was Filip Chytil at 23. (The Athletic)
On Chytil, Wheeler writes that Chytil projects more as a second line center than a first line center but that he is someone that “loves” to have the puck on his stick and, despite his size, has a “fluid, light stride” and more agility than “you’d expect.” (The Athletic)
Brett Howden, Lias Andersson and Yegor Rykov were all listed as honorable mentions. (The Athletic)
Wheeler based his rankings on players with “high-end ceilings.”
Chris Drury said recently to the NY Post that internally the Rangers are “excited” about the players they acquired and that feedback from around the league confirmed that.
Drury said that the Rangers had a “heck of a run” with the teams prior to last season but that it was time to “refresh” and add some “very exciting pieces.” (NY Post)
Corey Pronman gave the Rangers a “B” for their draft this pas year, saying that “Kravtsov is a hell of a player, Miller a very good one, and they got talent on Day 2 but I think they could have gotten more at the same time.” (The Athletic)
Adam Rotter: There has been some debate since the trade deadline about the Rangers decision to add prospects that project to be NHLers but maybe not the most high-end. There are those who think that the only possible top-liners that the Rangers have drafted in the last two-years are Chytil and Kravtsov and that while Andersson and Lundkvist are likely to be NHLers, they may be middle to bottom line/pairing players. K’Andre Miller may have the highest upside of anyone the Rangers have taken in the last two-years but it will be some time before we get a read on how impactful he could be in the NHL. Overall, the feeling around the league is that the Rangers have done a good job restocking their system. It may not feature as many potential high-end players as some would like, but that the Rangers have added a number of players that will end up playing for them.
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