Michael St. Croix Season Preview

Mike S.

In the 2011 NHL draft, the New York Rangers had six selections that year and aside from their 1st round selection of J.T Miller, the Rangers draft received a B- grade by many hockey analysts. One prospect who was particularly overlooked during the 2011 NHL draft was Michael St. Croix, who was rated #25 among the top prospects before the draft. The 5’11/ 176 pound Winnipeg native slipped to the 4th round until the Rangers drafted him with the #106th selection. St. Croix was known for his high scoring ability, but never considered a complete package; which may have caused him to slip to the 4th round.

Since being drafted, St Croix has done nothing but impress the Rangers organization with a solid season for the Edmonton Oil Kings compiling career numbers and leading all Ranger prospects in goals (45), assists (60), and points (105); including 18 PP goals. The Rangers signing of Michael St. Croix to a three year entry level contract (two–way deal) most recently indicates the Rangers commitment to the speedy center as St. Croix will start the 2012 season in Edmonton and if he continues to develop, we could see the young center playing in the AHL sometime this season.

Strengths: St. Croix is a crafty forward with solid two-way skills. More of a playmaker than a scorer, St. Croix has exceptional speed and excellent hockey sense. His hockey intelligence and ability to see play’s developing makes him a constant threat. His puck skills and pinpoint accurate shot are also high end and he has an uncanny ability to find open space in scoring areas.

Weaknesses:St. Croix tends to take his natural abilities for granted and becomes invisible for long stretches and his lack of size could hinder his effectiveness moving forward in the AHL and NHL, especially along the boards.

Future Analysis:St. Croix is expected to spend at least two more seasons in parts of Junior and AHL before having the opportunity to compete for a roster spot with the Rangers. He’s projected to be a second or third line player in the NHL. St. Croix needs to increase his strength level in order to play in the NHL. He needs to play better in traffic areas and be willing to play more physical. If he’s successful, he can be another Carl Hagelin with more offense in his game. Perhaps one day, we will see the reincarnation of the smurf line with Hagelin/St.Croix/Thomas.




123 comments
jsadolph
jsadolph

Nice to see the return game addressed.  With Ford and Saunders, we will scare some people. Can't wait for some long returnes.

jaym
jaym

Cimini and Manish are really trying to get Wilkerson to sit out for more money


@MMehtaNYDN

Jets DL Mo Wilkerson: "Do I feel that I’m underpaid right now? Yeah... But that’s part of the business"

idothis2
idothis2

I kinda think the media in attendance should be doing the stop, drop, penalty push ups also just for the humor

idothis2
idothis2

I think I fell asleep and missed the Jets West report

jaygo
jaygo

We’re a zillion miles ahead of where we were last year= we finally pooped out the Sanchez era and all clear from here for better or worse


Must say all the local media reports on the Jets are surprisingly positive for a change.  A lot of the vitriol and questions aimed at or being posed to Big Blue, not gang Green.


Also must say refreshing that one or more negative nancies who feel a need to comment on everything twice or more with attitutde - - - the cloggers - - - seem to be on vacation.  Nice. 

Brendan
Brendan

@idothis2 I'd pay money to see Cimini try to do 5 pushups in his mom jeans and grandpa white-on-white sneakers. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@idothis2

If the NYC sports journalism corps was forced to do pushups at training camp, there would be multiple fatalities.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@idothis2

Mark Sanchez still did it this year, by himself.  No WRs, no DBs, nothing.  Just him and his dad at a HS field in Cerritos, CA for three days.


He had 74 turnovers.

jsadolph
jsadolph

@idothis2 

I believe that Jets west will be held in Cortland this year.

bob
bob

@tsjc68 

Opps the Qb's out of time cause here come's number 99

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68  That just looks like he's listed without a # at all to me.

tsjc68
tsjc68

I'd say that TJ Barnes started sweating, but he's fat, he was already sweating.

BDarc23
BDarc23

@tsjc68 Or 4 mill per for the next few years as a mentor backup QB makes perfect sense for someone who lost 50 million dollars a few years ago.

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 He's just setting Geno up for a Game of Thrones-level backstab. I'm talking Hulk Hogan going NWO on everyone, complete heel turn. 

bob
bob

@jaygo 

I love Geno and I think we haven't seen a good QB like Geno since Pennington

BDarc23
BDarc23

@jaygo We’re a zillion miles ahead of where we were last year= we finally pooped out the Sanchez era and all clear from here for better or worse


Who?

rkymtnjet
rkymtnjet

Yes, but on the West side of campus.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Disgruntled Jets Fan

Heh.


It's funny that Big WR Keyshawn Johnson, who re-popularized the "wearing numbers in the teens" thing for WRs is an alumnus of a team that now has all its Big WRs wearing numbers in the 80s (Decker, Nelson, Evans, Enunwa, Hill) while all its Small WRs wear numbers in the teens (Kerley, Saunders, Ford, Hakim).


(And yes, I did completely ignore Clyde Gates, Michael Campbell, and Greg Salas not fitting this pattern, and YES IT WAS INTENTIONAL.)

tsjc68
tsjc68

@bob @tsjc68

SO TONIGHT WE'RE GONNA PARTY LIKE WE'RE WEARING NUMBER 99

jsadolph
jsadolph

@bob @jaygo 

Penny would dominate with the weapons we have this year and the D we have.  I would mess myself if Geno could turn into Penny by year 2.

BDarc23
BDarc23

@bob @jaygo I hope so. Sanchez improved significantly in every statistical area in year 2 and still ended up sucking by year 4.

Brendan
Brendan

@tsjc68 I don't think there will ever be a cut as celebrated as Clyde Gates' pending cut, at least on TJB. 

tsjc68
tsjc68

@Brendan @bob

We should have a Bob Day, where we all talk like Bob.  (Or at least see how long we can keep it up.)

bob
bob

@BDarc23 @bob @jaygo 

Geno is by far much more settled down. I think Sanchez kinda play a little scared .

bob
bob

@tsjc68 @Brendan @bob 

Ha ha don't get me going You know I blame you guys.  Ive have fallen out of my chair before

bob
bob

@tsjc68 @BDarc23 @bob @jaygo 

Geno to me is one of the better players on the offense . I don't think Geno was ever the weekest link on offense Ok however maybe a few games with rookie growing pains .For the most part Geno did great and grew up fast.

bob
bob

@BDarc23 @bob @tsjc68 @jaygo 

Kinda short on Receiver's and TE. The O-line still was trying to put it together. There was a lot of transition going on the offensive side of the ball.

Early on.

jaygo
jaygo

@bob @BDarc23 @tsjc68 @jaygo


IMHO, Sanchez turned out to be a B-U-S-T BUST that set us back the usual 2-3 years that a first round bust sets you back.  We won when he showed up despite of him, not because of him.

tsjc68
tsjc68

@jaygo @bob @BDarc23 @tsjc68

Mark Sanchez is Joe Flacco without the height to throw over the OL without getting his passes tipped.


It's just a good thing the Jets and Ravens were smart enough to not sign those guys to contract extensions, amirite?