Buzz: Looking At The Prospects That Could Get Traded For Rick Nash

At ESPN Insider, Corey Pronman lists five Ranger prospects that the Rangers could trade for Rick Nash.

He lists Tim Erixon, Chris Kreider, Michael St. Croix, JT Miller and Dylan McIlrath.

  • On Erixon, who Pronman is a big fan of, he says that Erixon projects to be a shutdown defenseman who can play against the other team’s top players.
  • On Kreider, Pronman writes that he is looked at as a top six goal scorer with first line potential.
  • On St. Croix, he quotes a scout as saying, “He’s the player this year I thought he was going to be last year.” St. Croix is a brilliant playmaking forward with great upside and could have the potential to be a top-two line scorer in the NHL.
  • On JT Miller, Pronman says that he is a versatile player with no noticeable weaknesses.
  • On McIlrath, he says that after struggling to start the season, McIlrath has “been a bone-crushing defenseman who scares the life out of opposing forwards every shift.”

It is believed that the Rangers would prefer to send prospects to Columbus over roster players in order to acquire Nash.

Read: Michael St. Croix Drives His Team

In the Edmonton Journal,via Buzzing the Net, Evan Daum writes about the Edmonton Oil Kings and their star player, and Rangers fourth round pick, Michael St. Croix.

Oil Kings coach Derek Laxdel says that St. Croix is developing as a player on both ends of the ice, especially on defense, and is the engine that makes the Oill Kings go:

“He’s a player that loves the sport, he loves to have the puck, and he loves to be the centre-piece of your team. He’s exactly that for us – when Mike goes, we go.”

Maybe they found a steal with him. He is putting up nice numbers, as a lot of players in the CHL do in their third year, but the Rangers have dne pretty nice for themselves in the middle rounds lately with Ryan Callahan, Carl Hagelin, Dale Weise, Tomas Kundratek and Ryan Bourque.

Note: Michael St. Croix Is The WHL Players of the Week….Again

St. Croix had six goals and four assists in three games this past week.

He has 31 goals and 46 assists this season.

St. Croix was also the player of the week for the week of November 28th to December 4th.

Read: Michael St. Croix Is An Interesting Fellow

This season, 2011 fourth round pick Michael St. Croix has 25 goals and 42 assists in the WHL for the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Earlier this week at Blueshirts United, Gordie Clark said that St. Croix has a high hockey IQ:

“He’s a smart, smart kid with a lot of talent. It’s all about this summer for him—he needs to get that extra step, and then who knows with him? He is an interesting kid for us, for sure.”

At Hockey’s Future, Leslie Treff says that St. Croix projects to be more of a playmaker than a scorer, is very fast and has excellent hockey sense.

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The Rangers love their hockey sense and St. Croix seems to fit into that mold. He has some skills and is putting up big numbers in his third year in Edmonton and should eclipse the 75 points he scored last season very soon. Maybe he makes a run at Team Canada next year for the World Juniors. If anything he adds nice depth to the prospect pool and gives them another piece to either trade or try to build around.

Read: Michael St. Croix On The Hot List

At THN, Ryan Kennedy puts Rangers fourth round pick Michael St. Croix on his weekly look at prospects.

St. Croix has 17 goals and 46 points so far this season. He is 5-11, 176

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Note: Michael St. Croix Is Heading Back To Edmonton

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St. Croix plays for the Edmonton Oil Kings.

Shane McColgan was also sent back to his team in the WHL.

The Rangers are expected to officially announce their cuts this afternoon.

Tweet: The Boys Can’t Wait For Traverse City

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Update: 12:45PM: Steve Zipay says that Matt Rust has been added to the Rangers Traverse City team.

Rust spent the last four years playing with Carl Hagelin at Michigan. He had 13 goals and 27 assists two seasons ago, but only had 5 goals and 21 assists last season.

He is 5-10 and previously played with the US National Development team before going to Michigan.

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