Read: Rangers Top 20 Prospects

Hockey’s Future has released their list of the top 20 Rangers prospects.

  1. (1)Chris Kreider
  2. JT Miller
  3. Dylan McIlrath
  4. Mats Zuccarello
  5. Jesper Fast
  6. Christian Thomas
  7. Brady Skjei
  8. Boo Nieves
  9. Oscar Lindberd
  10. (10)Michael St. Croix

THIS SECTION has detailed Ranger prospect rankings for the last few seasons.

In the fall, the Rangers top five prospects on this list were Kreider, Miller, McIlrath, Fast and Skjei.

Note: Zuccarello is considered a prospect based on their criteria for labeling players prospects. They allow players who come from Europe at 22 to meet their critera within three seasons. This is Zuccarello’s third season and he has not yet played 65 total games.

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Read: Chris Kreider Is Begining To Find His Way/Why John Tortorella Struggles To Find Ice For Him Sometimes

2:22PM: At Hockey’s Future, they rank Kreider 19th in their top 50 prospects and say “during this season he has shown signs of being one of the best prospects in the league, particularly during his last demotion to the AHL, but he does not look to be as much of a sure thing as he did last summer.”

12:53PM: In his past two games with the Rangers, Chris Kreider has a goal, six shots on goal and has played 13 minutes and nearly 15 minutes.

Kreider scored on a terrific passing play that started with Brad Richards and ended with a give and go between him and Michael Del Zotto.

Joe Micheletti noted on Tuesday night that Kreider was becoming more and more noticeable and that the key may have been that he stopped thinking and just started playing. Joe said, “he looks like a much different player than he did just a few weeks ago.”

On the Michael Kay Show yesterday, John Tortorella said that Kreider has started to learn how to play away from the puck. Tortorella said that he can only play a young if he doesn’t hurt the team defensively. He added, “we play in so many close games and it’s easy for people to say “let him play,” but when the puck is int he back of your net and you are losing 4-2, it just isn’t right.”

Tortorella followed up and said, “I really like what he did yesterday. Not only did he end up with 3 or 4 scoring chances, but he did the job along the wall. He understands positioning away from the puck and I think he is beginning to have a bit of a personality and we are really excited about it.”

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

THIS SECTION of the blog focuses solely on prospect rankings.

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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