Read: The Hockey News Future Watch Top Ten Rangers Prospects

The Hockey News has released their “Future Watch” edition and have the Rangers top ten prospects as:

  1. JT Miller (23rd overall)
  2. Brady Skjei (74th overall)
  3. Jesper Fast
  4. Conor Allen
  5. Dylan McIlrath
  6. Anthony Duclair
  7. Danny Kristo
  8. Ryan Graves
  9. Oscar Lindberg
  10. Boo Nieves

The Hockey News works with groups of scouts from each team in the league to determine top ten rankings.

The Rangers as an organization rank 30th in the league and with a grade of a C-.

The list from last year had a top five of Chris Kreider, JT Miller, Jesper Fast, Dylan McIlrath and Christian Thomas.

 




13 comments
Matt Hettrich
Matt Hettrich

30th overall seems a bit harsh. Think we have some pretty bright prospects in our system.

Jason Pontillo
Jason Pontillo

30th overall? Keep giving up those high draft picks, Slats!

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@Matt Hettrich Oscar Lindberg should be getting some more love here . He is a solid prospect who has a good chance be a very good #3 center in the league as he has a high hockey IQ, is very responsible defensively and can chip in offensively. Also Anthony Duclair, Pavel Buchnevich and Boo Nieves have very high ceilings, while they may never be actualized.


They should be ranked a little bit higher, maybe 25th or so.

Michael Stewart
Michael Stewart

@Jason Pontillo Agreed, I don't care how good MSL is and the type of shape he is in for 38 years old. He is not going to leaped the Rangers into the elite teams in the league and give them a better shot at the cup. The Rangers needed to get more physical and this trade did not do that. In a 7 game series with many of the elite teams, the Rangers will never hold up and will breakdown physical when you're playing every other night and we all know come playoff time; the games are even more physical and low scoring.This trade will hurt the Rangers in the long run. Giving up a 1st and a 2nd when your farm system is ranked so badly (Hockey Future ranks the Rangers at 27th out of 30).

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@Michael Stewart @Jason Pontillo  The Rangers window is open now with several of their best players in their prime. While I agree that their roster still needs work to compete with Boston especially (we match up pretty well with Pittsburgh because they are not that physical) , they do have enough assets at this time to really go for it. I think they have to go all in now with the acquisition of St. Louis. After this year I think they're looking at a 2 year window to go win a Cup. The period after that could be ugly with the lack of organizational depth and our roster getting up there in age. But the Rangers have a legit shot here in the next few years.


The St. Louis trade was a win for the Rangers, even though it may set them back at some point. But it will not set them back nearly as far as signing Callahan to a 6 year-$6+ mil deal would have. St. Louis is now the most dynamic player on the Rangers and while he is 38 years old, he has 3 good years left in him. You never know what 1st and 2nd round draft picks are going to turn into and if you get a chance to get a Marty St. Louis at $5.6 mil you do it.

Jason Pontillo
Jason Pontillo

@....... @Jason Pontillo @Michael Stewart  Don't get me wrong, the D is very solid but there is no offensive threat on the back line, at least not a consistent one. Yes, you see shades of it from McDonough, Moore, Girardi but nothing that is consistent. 


The third line has been good but need to be more gritty. Need to be tougher to play against defensively while maintaining an offensive threat. 

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@Jason Pontillo @....... @Michael Stewart  

Agree about Dorsett, Carcillo and Boyle. 

Disagree about the third line as they have been one of the best third lines in hockey this year.

Agree about Stepan; they need a tough, physical center to match up with the Boston's of the world. 

Disagree about the D; we have one of the best D cores in the league so there is potential there. Plenty of teams have won cups without a Nick Lidstrom/Erik Karlsson type.


Not to mention, the Rangers could have the best power play in the league next year.


They need big improvements in 2-3 spots, not 6-7

Jason Pontillo
Jason Pontillo

@....... @Michael Stewart @Jason Pontillo  They have a TON of work to do if they are honestly going to compete for a Cup in the next 2 years. 


The bottom 6 on this team is as soft as it gets. There is no need for Dorrset AND Carcillo. Boyle can not return. I don't think Stepan is a top line center ( I wish I was wrong), they still don't have a solid, puck moving, offensive type defensemen. IF they intend in contending and not pretending which is what Sather likes to pass on to us fans, they need big improvements in 6 or 7 spots on a nightly lineup, that's a lot!


Nothing that Sather has done here has shown me it will get done.