Read: Hockey’s Futures Top 20 Rangers Prospects

Hockey’s Future has released their fall rankings for the top 20 Rangers prospects.

Chris Kreider is ranked first and followed by JT Miller, Dylan McIlrath, Jesper Fasth and Brady Skjei.

The top five last fall was Chris Kreider, Christian Thomas, Tim Erixon, Ryan McDonagh and JT Miller.

In the spring, the top five was Chris Kreider, Tim Erixon, Dylan McIlrath, Carl Hagelin and JT Miller

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Read: Chris Kreider Ranked 11th In HF Top 50 Prospects

At Hockey’s Future, they are counting down the top 50 prospects in the NHL and the Rangers Chris Kreider is ranked 11th.

The title of this section of the rankings is “Chris Kreider on the verge of NHL stardom after incredible postseason performance”

On his skill set, HF writes “Possessing an impressive combination of size and speed, Kreider has the attributes to play both a power game and a skill game. His straight-line speed for someone his size makes him scary for opposing defenders, and his hard, quick release keeps goaltenders on their toes.”

They also add that Kreider is likely to benefit form time in the AHL due to the lockout.

In the spring, before the playoffs, Kreider was ranked 19th.

In the fall of 2011,
Kreider was ranked 27th. In the spring of 2011 and the fall of 2010, Kreider was ranked 23rd.

Kreider was ranked 23rd last season in the THN Future Watch. Kreider was 18th in the 2011 Future Watch. In 2010 Kreider was ranked 22.

In August of 2011, Grant Sonier said that Kreider was one of the top ten prospects in hockey.

Read: A Top Ten List Of The Rangers Prospects

At Hockey Prospectus, Corey Pronman lists his top ten Rangers prospects.

  • Chris Kreider
  • Michael St. Croix
  • JT Miller
  • Brady Skjei
  • Calle Andersson
  • Dylan McIlrath
  • Steven Fogarty
  • Jesper Fast
  • Boo Nieves
  • Shane McColgan

In a look at the top players 22 years old or under, he slots in Michael Del Zotto and Derek Stepan and then pushes everyone down.

Christan Thomas is ranked 11th.

Overall he ranks the Rangers system 11th. In the Spring, with Tim Erixon still in the organization, the Rangers were ranked 11th by Hockey’s Future.

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Read: Rangers Prospects In The Top 120

At McKeen’s Hockey, they rank the top 120 prospects in the NHL.

The Rangers have four of the top 120 with Chris Kreider leading the way at number six. Kreider’s previous ranking was 23rd.

Dylan McIlrath is ranked 65th which is a drop from his previous ranking of 34.

JT Miller is ranked 75th after previously being ranked 90th and Brady Skjei cracks the list at 82.

On McIlrath, they give a scouting report saying “effective when keeping it simple and playing within his role .. aggressively closes gaps and will go out his way for the big hit at times – and get drawn out of position .. a willing and accomplished fighter .. increasingly tougher to deal with 1-on-1 as his body matures .. prone to stirring the pot at the wrong time and can struggle to control his emotions.”

Note: The Hockey News Projects When Certain Prospects Will Make Their Debut

In The Hockey News Yearbook, they rank the Rangers top ten prospects and project when they think they will make the NHL.

  1. Chris Kreider (12-13)
  2. JT Miller (14-15)
  3. Brady Skjei (15-16)
  4. Dylan McIlrath (14-15)
  5. Christian Thomas (13-14)
  6. Jesper Fast (14-15)
  7. Steven Fogarty (16-17)
  8. Boo Nieves (16-17)
  9. Michael St. Croix (15-16)
  10. Scott Stajcer (15-16)

They give the Rangers prospects a grade of “B” and ranks them 13th out of the 30 NHL teams.

Read: The Rangers Top Nine Prospects

In The Hockey News Pool Guide they list the Rangers top ten prospects.

The issue was made before the Rangers acquired Rick Nash so Tim Erixon is still listed as the Rangers top prospect.

Following Erixon, the list is:

  • Chris Kreider
  • JT Miller
  • Brady Skjei
  • Dylan McIlrath
  • Christian Thomas
  • Jesper Fast
  • Steven Fogarty
  • Boo Nieves
  • Michael St. Croix

Kreider is the only one of the prospects that they list as someone who is a “good candidate for the 2012-13 roster.”

In last years pool guide the rankings were: Erixon, Kreider, McIlrath, Thomas, Miller, Fogarty, St. Croix, Dale Weise, Fast, Ryan Bourque

Read: The Rangers Prospect Pipeline and Ranking

At ESPN Insider, Grant Sonier ranks the Rangers farm system 13th in the NHL and writes that with Christian Thomas, JT Miller and Dylan McIlrath the Rangers have a lot of high end talent for the future.

He lists the Rangers Samuel Noreau as their sleeper prospect and says “Noreau has skill to go along with elite size and big-time toughness. These guys find a way over time to make a roster.”

Noreau was an impressive player for the Rangers at Traverse City last fall.

Noreau was the 136th pick in the 2011 draft.

Read: TSN Ranks The Rangers Top Prospects

At TSN, Scott Cullen lists the Rangers top prospects as part of his offseason game plan for the team.

  • Chris Kreider
  • Tim Erixon
  • Michael St. Croix
  • JT Miller
  • Dylan McIlrath
  • Christian Thomas
  • Jesper Fasth
  • Andrew Yogan
  • Marek Hrivik
  • Steven Fogarty.

On St. Croix, Cullen writes, “he is an offensive dynamo, who has improved steadily throughout his three seasons in the WHL. With a couple more seasons of development, St. Croix could be ready for a scoring role on Broadway.”

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Note: Hockey’s Future Ranks Rangers Eleventh

Hockey’s Future is in the middle of ranking the top organizations in hockey in terms of their prospects and ranked the Rangers 11th.

They praise the Rangers depth and diverse group of prospects and say that there is long term potential in guys like Andrew Yogan, Michael St. Croix and Ryan Bourque.

On the weaknesses, they say the Rangers lack a top six center, a PP QB and a top goalie prospect.

They have the Rangers top five prospects as Chris Kreider, Tim Erixon, Dylan McIlrath, Carl Hagelin and JT Miller

In the fall they ranked the Rangers 13th.