Could Michael St. Croix Be A Future Star?
Out of all the top prospects the Rangers have drafted over the last decade, perhaps the best prospect capable of becoming a potential top line forward in the NHL could be Michael St. Croix. Since being drafted by the New York Rangers in the 4th round of the 2011 NHL Draft; Michael St. Croix has emerged as a legitimate top prospect with natural scoring ability. His development has been so rampant that many in the hockey world believe that St. Croix has the potential to emerge as a top 6 or even a 1st line forward and scoring threat in the NHL. The Speedy center-man is currently lighting up the score sheet with the Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL with 25 points (11 goals/14 assist) in the team’s first 19 games. Averaging 1.32 points per game and a team leading 7 PPGs, St. Croix is getting noticed.
The biggest question surrounding Michael St. Croix is his size, or lack of it. At 5’11 and weighing 176 lbs, can St. Croix handle the physical side of the AHL and NHL, despite being ranked as the Rangers top rated center in their organization? Thus far, St. Croix has answered the bell in regards to durability and consistency as a professional as his career stats will suggest:
Year Team League Gms Goals Assists Total Pts
2008-09 Edmonton Oil Kings WHL 2 1 1 2
2009-10 Edmonton Oil Kings WHL 66 18 28 46
2010-11 Edmonton Oil Kings WHL 68 27 48 75
2011-12 Edmonton Oil Kings WHL 72 45 60 105
2012-13 Edmonton Oil Kings WHL 19 11 14 25
There is no doubt that Michael St. Croix is a gifted player with natural abilities. However; the next couple of years will be very important for St. Croix with his development not only the physical part, but also the mental side as well. All signs and expectations are encouraging as the Rangers Organization couldn’t be happier with the progression of Michael St. Croix.
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