Read: The Rangers Top Ten Prospects According To The Hockey News

The Hockey News has released their annual Future Watch issue and below are their rankings for the top ten Rangers prospects:

  1. Chris Kreider (20th overall)
  2. JT Miller (28th overall)
  3. Jesper Fasth
  4. Dylan McIlrath
  5. Christian Thomas
  6. Brady Skjei
  7. Boo Nieves
  8. Cam Talbot
  9. Kyle Jean
  10. Michael St. Croix

Organizationally, the Rangers dropped from 15th to 23rd and have an overall grade of B-.

The Rangers top ten prospects in last year’s future watch issue were:

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Read: Ranger Prospects In THN’s Future Watch

The 2013 issue of The Hockey News Future Watch has been released and two Ranger prospects are ranked in the top 50.

Chris Kreider is ranked 20th and JT Miller is ranked 38th.

Tim Erixon, who was traded to Columbus in the Rick Nash trade, is ranked 61.

Last season, Erixon was ranked 17th, Kreider was ranked 23rd and Miller was ranked 29th.

As a team, the Rangers fell eight spots in the overall rankings from 15th to 23rd.

Read: Where The Rangers Farm System Ranks

Hockey’s Future is ranking the prospect systems of NHL teams and have the Rangers ranked 17th.

Speed, and building a team around it, is one of the Rangers strengths as well as a solid group of defensive prospects.

The main weakness they say the Rangers system is continues to be the lack of top goalie prospects and a plan to succeed Henrik Lundqvist. They also say that the Rangers don’t have a number one center in their system.

In May, when Carl Hagelin still counted and Tim Erixon was on the team, the Rangers were ranked 11th by Hockey’s Future.

Over the summer they were ranked 13th by ESPN.

Table: How Different Rangers Prospects Are Ranked

RankThe Hockey NewsNHL.comPuck ProspectusHockeys Future
1Chris KreiderJT MillerChris KreiderChris Kreider
2JT MillerChristian ThomasMichael St. CroixJT Miller
3Brady SkjeiDylan McIlrathJT MillerDylan McIlrath
4Dylan McIlrathMichael St. CroixBrady SkjeiJesper Fast
5Christian ThomasRyan BourqueCalle AnderssonBrady Skjei
6Jesper FastAndrew YoganDylan McIlrathChristian Thomas
7Steven FogartyBrady SkjeiSteven FogartyMichael St. Croix
8Boo NievesJesper FastJesper FastBoo Nieves
9Michael St. CroixSteven FogartyBoo NievesOscar Lindberg
10Scott StajcerScott StajcerShane McColganSteven Fogarty

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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.