PDA

View Full Version : New York Rangers 2010-2011 Prospects Thread



jetsfan89
10-07-2010, 05:15 PM
Sly do whatever you want with this thread.

This thread is for prospects playing in the AHL, NCAA, or the CHL.

Ryan Bourque, Roman Horak, Christian Thomas, Ethan Werek, and Scott Stajcer all with strong starts.

SLY WILLIAMS
10-08-2010, 10:45 AM
Chris Kreider new top prospect for New York Rangers

Written by: Leslie Treff on 09/16/2010

The Rangers Top 20 has undergone many changes this fall, as there is a new number one, and six new players have been added to the list. Four of the Spring 2010 top 10 players are gone, with two (Michael Del Zotto and Matt Gilroy) graduating, one traded and one not re-signed. Of the new players, one was signed as a free agent, three are 2010 draftees, and one a 2009 selection. One goaltender, seven defensemen, and twelve forwards are included.

Top 20 at a glance:

1. (4) Chris Kreider, LW, 8.5C
2. (1) Evgeny Grachev, C/LW, 8.0 B
3. (2) Derek Stepan, C, 8.0B
4. (NR) Mats Zuccarello-Aasen, LW, 7.0B
5. (8) Ryan McDonagh, D, 7.0B
6. (NR) Dylan McIlrath, D, 7.0C
7. (11) Ethan Werek, C, 7.0C
8. (9) Chad Johnson, G, 7.0C
9. (14) Carl Hagelin, LW, 6.5 B
10. (NR) Christian Thomas, RW, 7.0C
11. (10) Michael Sauer, D, 7.0C
12. (NR) Pavel Valentenko, D, 6.5B
13. (16) Ryan Bourque, C, 7.0C
14. (15) Dale Weise, RW, 6.0B
15. (12) Tomas Kundratek, D, 6.5C
16. (17) Roman Horak, C, 7.0C
17. (NR) Andrew Yogan, C, 7.0D
18. (NR) Mihail Pashnin, D, 6.5C
19. (19) Brodie Dupont, C, 6.0C
20. (20) Daniel Maggio, D, 6.0C


1. (4) Chris Kreider, LW, 19
Drafted 1st Round, 19th overall, 2009

Kreider is now the Rangers' top prospect. A prototypical power forward, with excellent speed and a very high hockey IQ, Kreider's game improved by leaps and bounds last season. Now a sophomore at Boston College, since last fall, Kreider has gone from playing in the prep school ranks to being a member of the 2010 World Junior Championships Gold Medal winning team and the 2010 NCAA Championship hockey team. He was also the youngest member of the US team at the 2010 men's World Championships.

Expected to spend one last season with the Boston College Eagles before signing a professional contract, Kreider could compete for a spot on the Rangers roster next fall.


2. (1) Evgeny Grachev, C/LW, 20
Drafted 3rd round, 75th overall, 2008

There were high expectations for Grachev when he made the decision to become a professional last fall. He turned down the opportunity to return to the OHL Brampton Battalion because he felt ready to make the transition. But Grachev's adjustment to the AHL was not as smooth as he had hoped. With the Hartford Wolf Pack last season, he was, at times, not strong enough on the puck nor was he fast enough to make plays that were easy for him in junior hockey. Grachev has gotten stronger and he seemed to have gained confidence when he was on the ice at development camp this summer.

He should get an opportunity to impress in the Rangers training camp later this month, but is likely to start the season in Hartford. If he does as well as is expected of him, he should get a mid-season call-up to the Rangers for his NHL debut.


3. (2) Derek Stepan, C, 20
Drafted 2nd round, 51st overall, 2008

Stepan signed an NHL contract this summer, leaving the University of Wisconsin after two seasons. After captaining the gold medal-winning US team in the 2010 World Junior Championships and achieving the tournament's scoring title (14 points in seven games, with a plus-nine rating), Stepan went on to post more than a point a game with the Badgers last season.

After a very impressive development camp in July, Stepan will be given a close look in the Rangers' main training camp this month. Although expected to begin the season in the AHL, if Stepan has a good camp, he may find himself on the NHL squad when the regular season begins.


4. (NR) Mats Zuccarello-Aasen, LW, 23
Signed as a free agent, May 2010

Zuccarello Aasen a speedy, winger with a nose for the net played for MODO of the Swedish Elite League in 2009-10. He also represented Norway at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, finishing third on the team in scoring with one goal and two assists in four games. Zuccarello Aasen was additionally a member of the Norwegian team at the 2010 World Championship in Germany. In six games, he posted three goals and an assist.

The signing of Zuccarello Aasen was a coup for the Rangers as he was highly sought after by several NHL teams. He is expected to compete for a spot on the NHL roster this season.


5. (8) Ryan McDonagh, D, 20
Acquired via trade with Montreal, June 2009

Drafted 12th overall in 2007 by Montreal, McDonagh signed a professional contract this summer, after spending three seasons on the blue line at the University of Wisconsin. The decision was a hard one for him, as he desired finishing his NCAA career. The Rangers, however, felt strongly that he was ready for professional play. Now that he has signed, the Rangers are going to give him a long look in training camp, as McDonagh has a good chance of making the NHL team this fall.

A two-way player in college, with a strong physical presence, he is expected to be more of a defensive blueliner in the professional ranks.


6. (NR) Dylan McIlrath, D, 18
Drafted 1st round, 10th overall, 2010

A big, tough right-hand shooting defenseman, who is not afraid to drop the gloves, McIlrath has good speed and some offensive upside to go along with incredible nastiness on the ice.

The Rangers were looking for a character player, who is hard to play against and they got it in McIlrath, who will return to the WHL Moose Jaw Warriors this season and most likely will spend two more years developing within the WHL.


7. (11) Ethan Werek, C, 19
Drafted 2nd round, 47th overall, 2009

Healthy after a difficult knee injury that prematurely ended Werek's 2009-10 season, the hard-nosed center has come a long way since being drafted in the second round in 2009. Werek always liked to crash the net and has used his body well along the boards. But after last season, he has improved both his defensive play and his skating. Werek is expected to attend the Rangers training camp later this month and then return to the OHL Kingston Fronts. Expect him to spend one more year in Kingston and then begin his professional career with the AHL team in the fall of 2011.


8. (9) Chad Johnson, G, 24
Acquired via trade with Pittsburgh, June

Drafted 125th overall by Pittsburgh in 2006, Johnson was acquired from Pittsburgh in exchange for a fifth-round pick during the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. After an impressive fall last year, Johnson began the season with Hartford. By November 2009, he was one of the leading AHL goaltenders, and when the performance of NHL backup Steve Valiquette slipped, Johnson was called up to the NHL to back up Henrik Lundqvist. Johnson appeared in five NHL games.

With the signing of Marty Biron as the NHL backup for the 2010-11 season, Johnson is expected to spend the entire season in the AHL. This will give the Rangers a chance to see what he can do on a consistent basis as the number one netminder there.


9. (14) Carl Hagelin, LW, 22
Drafted 6th round, 168th overall, 2007

Hagelin has begun his fourth and final year at the University of Michigan. A Hobey Baker award candidate last season, he was named the Wolverines' MVP, scoring leader and best in classroom, after a tremendous 2009-10 campaign. A true student/athlete, Hagelin has gone from a better than average to very good skater, who plays well in both ends of the ice. Used in all situations, Hagelin is an excellent shorthanded threat as well as playmaker when in that role.

The winger will continue to develop in the NCAA this season and is expected to begin his professional career in Hartford in the fall of 2011.


10. (NR) Christian Thomas, RW, 18
Drafted 2nd round, 40th overall, 2010

A winger with smooth, soft hands, an excellent shot, good speed, and a tremendous work ethic, Thomas is a member of the OHL Oshawa Generals. In 64 games during the 2009-10 season, he posted 66 points (41 goals, 25 assists), while accumulating 27 penalty minutes and a minus-10 rating. Despite his small size, Thomas has great speed and good hockey sense to go along with his great hands.

He is expected to spend two more seasons developing in junior hockey prior to becoming a professional.


11. (10) Michael Sauer, D, 23
Drafted 2nd round, 40th overall, 2005

Sauer is a solid stay-at-home blueliner, who spent the 2009-10 season with the Wolf Pack of the AHL. It was his third season in Hartford, and until he suffered a shoulder injury in late January 2010, Sauer was fairly reliable on a less than stellar defensive AHL team.

Recently re-signed to a one-year contract, Sauer will be given a long look in training camp and may win an NHL roster spot. If he does not, and does not get a call-up and stick with the NHL team this season, expectations are that he will move on.



12. (NR) Pavel Valentenko, D, 22
Acquired via trade with Montreal, June 2009

Acquired in the same deal that brought in Ryan McDonagh, Valentenko is a shut-down defenseman who is known to be hard to play against. After a season-and-a-half of playing in the KHL, the defenseman has opted to play in North America for the 2010-11 season. Invited to training camp, he intends to compete for an NHL roster spot this fall.

The Rangers see him as the possible agitating stay-at-home blueliner that they have been missing the last few years. A hard worker, who is strong on his skates, a solid puck possession player and a character player, Valentenko should be a second to third pairing defenseman.


12. (16) Ryan Bourque, C, 19
Drafted 3rd round, 80th overall, 2009

Bourque decided to forego college and instead joined the QMJHL Quebec Remparts. An exciting, flashy player with lightning speed and a quick release, Bourque finished among the top scoring rookies in the Q last season with 19 goals and 24 assists in 44 games. He is an excellent complementary player, seeing the ice well, but whether his lack of size and strength can transfer to an NHL career is still in question.
http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/12312/chris_kreider_new_top_prospect_for_new_york_ranger s/

jetsfan89
10-10-2010, 12:06 PM
Stepan wasn't the only Ranger to get a hat trick recently.

Christian Thomas had a hat trick in an 8-7 SO loss with the Oshawa Generals playing against the Kingston Frontenacs (Ethan Werek's team). So far Thomas has 10 points in 4 games.

http://rangers.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=64178

SLY WILLIAMS
10-10-2010, 12:11 PM
If Thomas turns out to be anything like his dad than we have got a steal!!! :)

jetsfan89
10-10-2010, 05:41 PM
Ethan Werek has 5 goals and 4 assists in five games and Roman Horak has 5 goals and 6 assists in four games.

Rangers in 7
10-20-2010, 11:18 AM
thomas, werek and horak are all extremely talented prospects and to be honest i am extremely excited by them

thomas now has 10 goals in 8 games and is dominating
werek i think can be a star in this league and he has 6 goals in 6 games
horak is another player who i think can become a solid top six forward with 30 goal potential has 6 goals in 8 games with 13 points

overall the leading scorer out of all our prospects is thomas, he also has the most goals of all our prospects

Redfish
10-20-2010, 11:41 AM
thomas, werek and horak are all extremely talented prospects and to be honest i am extremely excited by them

thomas now has 10 goals in 8 games and is dominating
werek i think can be a star in this league and he has 6 goals in 6 games
horak is another player who i think can become a solid top six forward with 30 goal potential has 6 goals in 8 games with 13 points

overall the leading scorer out of all our prospects is thomas, he also has the most goals of all our prospects

Yes, very good news on these prospects. Has anyone gotten some good insight as to how Ryan McDonagh is doing in Hartford? We could use him, paired with Sauer preferably, as soon as possible; all provided he is ready.

bsi
10-20-2010, 03:54 PM
I don't know how they can continually rank Grachev so high? He hasn't done anything to deserve a good ranking on there since he joined pro, and to rank him ahead of Stepan is rediculous. Also, Kris Kreider will be our best drafted player out of all our prospects IMO.

SLY WILLIAMS
11-07-2010, 11:17 AM
Hockey's Future Organizational Rankings, Fall 2010 1-10

Written by: HF Staff on 11/03/2010 Subscribe to HF's RSS Feed
Below is the top third of the NHL organizations in terms of prospects as voted on by Hockey's Future staff. Each team's entire prospect pool was considered to determine the ranking. For reference, just the top five prospects are listed. To be eligible, a prospect must meet HF's prospect criteria. The rankings are done twice a year, in the fall and spring.

9. New York Rangers

Strengths: The Rangers are absolutely loaded up front, particularly at center. Derek Stepan and Evgeny Grachev headline the center position, while Ethan Werek, Roman Horak, Ryan Bourque, and Andrew Yogan give New York spectacular depth down the middle. The wingers are also very strong with the likes of Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello-Aasen, Carl Hagelin, and Christian Thomas all ranking among the club’s top 10 prospects. Weaknesses: The Rangers have question marks in net with free agent signing Chad Johnson and fifth round pick Scott Stajcer leading the way. Johnson has played well in the AHL and has also appeared in five NHL games but he and the other goaltending prospects do not figure to be viable future replacements for Henrik Lundqvist.
Top 5 Prospects:
1. Chris Kreider, LW,
2. Evgeny Grachev, C,
3. Derek Stepan, C,
4. Mats Zuccarello-Aasen, LW,
5. Ryan McDonagh, D.

Lost to Trade: Ryan Hillier, Bobby Sanguinetti, Tomas Zaborsky.http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/12460/hockeys_future_organizational_rankings_fall2010110/

letsgorangers27
11-11-2010, 06:13 PM
good article from thn

The New York Rangers have always been recognized as a team unafraid to toss money around in an attempt to improve the roster. In the pre-salary cap era, New York’s draft record was pretty shoddy: From Jeff Brown and Stefan Chernseki to Pavel Brendl and Hugh Jessiman, they struggled to draft successfully in the first round in the late-’90s and early into the 21st century.

But everything seemed to change overnight in 2005 when the Rangers’ draft record took a sudden turn for the better. Marc Staal, Bob Sanguinetti and Michael Del Zotto became promising first-rounders, while Derek Stepan, Evgeny Grachev and Artem Anisimov were later-round picks who have spent some time with the big club this season. The post-lockout NHL environment changed the way the Rangers constructed their teams.

“When I sat down with Glen (Sather) and Don Maloney at that time they clearly made it evident that with the way everything was going with the cap and the future, everybody is going to be somewhat equal now,” said Rangers director, player personnel Gordie Clark, who runs draft day for the team. “(Sather) made a real decision to say the way you can try and outdo the opposition is hopefully draft properly and then raise them.”

The Rangers have a total of 10 homegrown players on their NHL roster with 2004 picks Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan leading the team in scoring, while stars Chris Drury, Vaclav Prospal and Marian Gaborik recover from injuries. While the team’s management takes a lot of heat for how they handle (or mishandle) the salary cap, GM Glen Sather’s squad deserves credit for how it has patiently brought along its youth and allowed them to rise to prominent roles, a theme that will become more apparent as the post-lockout group of prospects develop.

The Rangers have six players they selected from 2005 to 2008 playing in the NHL this season. And if it wasn’t for the untimely and tragic passing of Alexei Cherepanov, there’s a good chance that number would be seven.

And while the fact four of their past six first-rounders have been defensemen might be deciphered as a cognizant attempt at building a strong blueline, Clark admits it has a lot to do with the slot the Rangers have found themselves selecting out of.

“For four or five years we were picking somewhere between 17 and 21 and the best players are all gone,” he said. “If you can get yourself a high-impact forward – and I did think in ’07 Cherepanov was one of those – you do. The forwards get worked over first. In those particular drafts we felt all the guys who we had rated who could be a star or a top-two line forward were gone.”

Nonetheless, the Rangers have a keen eye on their future. It was a bit surprising when they traded away Sanguinetti to Carolina for a second round pick because he was such a prolific blueline scorer in junior. However, Clark pointed out that with a log jam on defense, the quick emergence of Del Zotto and the signing of Matt Gilroy, they decided to let Sanguinetti get on with his NHL career elsewhere.

“He just hadn’t been able to crack the lineup,” Clark said. “Last season was his season to really do it…It looked like Bobby was lining up to go in there, but all three of them went into camp and unfortunately those two outplayed him.”

Related Links

* New York Rangers roster
* THN's 2010 Future Watch

But then the Rangers went out and selected Dylan McIlrath 10th overall in 2010. An imposing defender, McIlrath is a player Clark describes as an “old-time Canadian defenseman.” At the time it was a head-scratcher as high-profile prospects Brandon Gormley and Cam Fowler, once thought to be top-five picks, were still available. The reason Clark and the Rangers decided to go with McIlrath again has to do with how the staff is planning the team’s future – they felt the meanness of the Moose Jaw Warrior would better complement the rest of the team’s parts down the road, with Clark strongly emphasizing McIlrath also has the skills necessary to compete in the “new NHL.”

“It wasn’t that we didn’t like those players – we liked both of those players,” Clark said. “It was what we thought we really wanted to have. When an opposition comes in and they have to look across and say ‘Oh my god I have to play against that guy again tonight’ we’ve never really had that.”

The Rangers don’t just boast defensemen, though. With 2009 pick Chris Kreider returning to Boston College and playing on a line with NHL prospects Jimmy and Kevin Hayes, Clark is confident they have another impact forward in their midst. And you can’t forget about Grachev, who was just returned to the American League after a brief NHL call-up. Clark admits in hindsight they should have kept Grachev in junior for one more season – especially after the AHL team lacked a sufficient center for him to play his first pro year with – but the big man is learning his craft playing important minutes in Hartford.

“His game of being a big man getting a shot off the rush or in the slot, you gotta play in the top two lines and he’s just not ready for that in the NHL right now,” Clark said. “I don’t want to see him out on the fourth line or checking line, just let him play all the power play and keep developing the scoring touch he has.”

After such a long cold streak, it must have been refreshing to Rangers fans to see their team ranked fifth in last season’s THN Future Watch, especially since Del Zotto and Anisimov were considered graduates. It’s indicative of the patient team-building approach they have adopted.

While the 2010-11 Rangers will be hit-or-miss to return to the post-season, the future of this team is a comforting aspect.
THN (http://www.thehockeynews.com/articles/36253-THNcom-Blog-Rangers-having-draft-success-in-postlockout-NHL.html)

SLY WILLIAMS
11-14-2010, 11:33 AM
http://twitter.com/TheProspectpark
Bad news out of Moose Jaw Dylan McIlrath went down w/knee injury, severity is unknown but 1st reports say not good

Redfish
11-14-2010, 12:04 PM
http://twitter.com/TheProspectpark

Ugh. thanks for the update.

SLY WILLIAMS
11-14-2010, 12:10 PM
I hope it isnt too bad. I had recently read that several other teams were impressed with him before the draft.I read the Oilers even mentioned him as one of the guys they would want to trade up for him in some TV show.

SLY WILLIAMS
11-20-2010, 11:36 AM
Christian Thomas could be a steal. He had a 6 point game (3 goals-3 assists) last night. 29 points in 19 games so far. :)


NOTES: Career-high six-point performance was one of best showings by an NHL prospect in a single OHL game in recent years. Scored shorthanded goal at 6:53 of first period for 2-0 lead. Assist at 11:54 of first for 3-0 lead. Assist on power-play goal at 5:02 of the second period for a 4-0 lead. Scored power-play goal at 19:11 of second period for 7-1 lead. Completed hat trick with power-play goal at 12:40 of third period to make it 8-3. Assisted on game's final goal at 17:13 of third period. http://rangers.nhl.com/club/page.htm?id=64178&navid=DL|NYR|home

Rangers in 7
11-21-2010, 12:29 PM
the kid can definitely play some puck

SLY WILLIAMS
11-21-2010, 12:33 PM
By the way seems like Dylans knee injury was not nearly as bad as feared. That is great news. :)

saintant182
11-22-2010, 08:10 PM
To add to the recent info on christian thomas, it seems he went out the next game and added another 2 goals and 2 assists, so all in a a week scoring of 5 goals and 5 assists which quite rightly earned him ohl player of the week!!!

big well done!

SLY WILLIAMS
11-22-2010, 09:13 PM
To add to the recent info on christian thomas, it seems he went out the next game and added another 2 goals and 2 assists, so all in a a week scoring of 5 goals and 5 assists which quite rightly earned him ohl player of the week!!!

big well done!

If he ends up as anything like his dad (Steve Thomas) than we got another steal!!! :)

bsi
11-23-2010, 03:21 PM
Thomas got the OHL player of the week for his 10 points in 2 games....congrats to him and us lol.

JT Somes
11-26-2010, 08:06 PM
Zuccarello now has 8 goals in the AHL and seems to be developing to and understanding the North American game. When is he brought up? Will he spend the entire year in Hartford? Or will he become trade bait because the team is playing well without him right now?

commonsense12
11-26-2010, 10:22 PM
Zuccarello now has 8 goals in the AHL and seems to be developing to and understanding the North American game. When is he brought up? Will he spend the entire year in Hartford? Or will he become trade bait because the team is playing well without him right now?

A bunch of injuries would prob need to happen for him to be called up. We have Drury coming back and eventually prospal so he will be further down the depth chart.

commonsense12
11-26-2010, 10:28 PM
If he ends up as anything like his dad (Steve Thomas) than we got another steal!!! :)

Well i hear that he is going to be the Ken Griffey Jr to the Ken Griffey Sr :clap:

Also hear that Ryan Bourque is going to be better then his dad :clap:

LOL that would be ridiculous

bsi
11-27-2010, 01:33 PM
Well i hear that he is going to be the Ken Griffey Jr to the Ken Griffey Sr :clap:

Also hear that Ryan Bourque is going to be better then his dad :clap:

LOL that would be ridiculous


Hahahaha...Ryan might be good, but he'll never be Ray...lol

Redfish
11-27-2010, 03:32 PM
A bunch of injuries would prob need to happen for him to be called up. We have Drury coming back and eventually prospal so he will be further down the depth chart.

There is a logjam to deal with; however, based on recent trends, I would think management is starting to see the gap between MZA, and both Christenson and White, narrow to the point where they are looking for a reason to give him some time with the Rangers. There is no need to rush this process, yet it is nice to see MZA make his own push.

bsi
11-27-2010, 04:50 PM
I don't think we'll see MZA until atleast after New Years, if at all this season.

commonsense12
11-27-2010, 05:02 PM
Hahahaha...Ryan might be good, but he'll never be Ray...lol

dont crush my dreams haha

saintant182
11-27-2010, 05:09 PM
lol, if he is half as good i'll be pretty happy! even though its not a ranger memory, one of my favourite hockey memories is watchin ray lift the cup for the avs, joe sakic passing him the cup before everyone and all the players soooo happy for him!! awesome

jetsfan89
12-05-2010, 06:07 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXb81YtSmi4

:drool:

nyanks79
12-05-2010, 06:21 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXb81YtSmi4

:drool:

Damn hes fast. Any chance he could come up next year?

saintant182
12-05-2010, 09:43 PM
that is some serious speed!!!!! and a quick release there! if his offensive instincts develope as hoped, he could be extremely dangerous!!! correct me if im wrong but he has some decent size also right??

SLY WILLIAMS
12-06-2010, 05:40 PM
Kreider has all the skills. Just needs to have his hockey maturity catch up to his physical skills.

Different view

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG80M4RnTQ0#t=02m35s

bsi
12-06-2010, 05:51 PM
He'll definately be up with us next year IMO. We should have room for guys, I can't see us resigning Frolov, Fedotenko,definately not Todd White, and I'd say Prospal would have to really get back soon and light it up to get resigned. So with that, we'd have room for say Grachev, Krieder, and MZA atleast, and any other possible surprise player.

jetsfan89
12-09-2010, 02:05 AM
Draft Day Steal:


Christian Thomas, RW, N.Y. Rangers (40th) - The son of former NHLer Steve Thomas has his father's height, or lack thereof, but has 21 goals and 37 points in 25 games with the Oshawa Generals. Maybe he happens to have dad's finishing ability, as the elder Thomas is a 10-time 20-goal scorer who tallied 421 career goals.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=344711

Rangers in 7
12-09-2010, 03:22 PM
hopefully all the draft picks work out...recently we have been very solid on picking talent.....krieder was considered a steal if he continues to play well and thomas has been amazing for oshawa....also werek and horak have been playing very well in juniors....i like what we have

SLY WILLIAMS
12-09-2010, 04:25 PM
MZA has been turning it on as well. He could become a factor later this year or next. :)

bsi
12-09-2010, 04:39 PM
I still think MZA gets a call up after Christmas sometime, I just don't know who would be sent down, if it was based on play Frolov, but we know that won't happen.

letsgorangers27
12-09-2010, 08:20 PM
Chris Kreider and Ryan Bourque are w/ the US Junior team again
http://tsn.ca/world_jrs/story/?id=344649

jetsfan89
12-09-2010, 08:47 PM
In addition to Chris Kreider and Ryan Bourque being named to the preliminary roster for Team USA, Rangers prospects Jesper Fasth (Sweden) and Roman Horak (Czech Republic) have been invited to their respective countries preliminary camps for the World Junior Champions according to the team.

Horak had15 goals and 19 assists for Chilliwack of the WHL. Last year playing for the Czech Republic at the WJC, Horak had one goal and one assist with seven shots on goal and was a minus four in six games. Horak was the Rangers 5th round pick in 2009.

Fasth has four goals and four assists in 24 games for HV71 i the Swedish Elite league. He was the Rangers 6th round pick in 2010.

http://www.snyrangersblog.com/2010/12/09/note-jesper-fasth-and-roman-horak-also-going-to-the-wjc/

SLY WILLIAMS
12-10-2010, 11:34 AM
Cool that those 4 Ranger prospects are in.

Was Thomas eligible to play? I would have liked to see him play for team Canada

bsi
12-10-2010, 01:21 PM
Thomas was eligible, not sure why he wasn't invited, I thought he should have been.

jetsfan89
12-18-2010, 01:30 PM
Thomas was eligible, not sure why he wasn't invited, I thought he should have been.

Team Canada's roster selections are nothing but a politics convention. That's why he wasn't invited. Thomas and Werek should have gotten invites.

here's some stuff for you guys via Jim Schoenfeld


- He believes Mats Zuccarello can contribute to the Rangers this season and said the 5-foot-7 Norwegian is adjusting to the North American game “very quickly.”
- Neither forward Tim Kennedy nor his agent have requested a trade
- Forward Evgeny Grachev is working hard to become a complete player
- Defenseman Ryan McDonagh is reading the game well and his puck-handling has improved
- Defenseman Pavel Valentenko, though a strong skater, needs to work on his foot speed
- Former Canadian Olympic figure skater Barbara Underhill, who worked with Brian Boyle on his skating technique this summer, is working with the Whale’s players on a regular basis.

On MZA


“He makes unexpected passes, he’ll make unexpected plays,” Schoenfeld added.. “So if you’re more of a meat-and-potatoes, straight-line guy, it might not be a great marriage. So what happened is the players in Hartford that are playing with him have become more aware that a pass can be coming at any time. They’re sharpening their awareness of what to do playing with him and he is realizing the North American game so he’s moved a little off his European way and they’re meeting more halfway.”

On Grachev


As for Grachev, who has four goals and two assists in 23 games, Schoenfeld recalled a conversation with him where he asked the young Russian who he considered the Rangers’ most complete player. Grachev replied Ryan Callahan, to which Schoenfeld told him he was correct. Schoenfeld said not that Grachev’s game is the same as Callahan’s but in order for Grachev to be able to play in the NHL, he needs to contribute away from the puck and on the other side of the puck, like Callahan does.

http://blogs.northjersey.com/blogs/rangerrants/comments/schoenfeld_talks_the_whale/

Rangers in 7
12-18-2010, 05:13 PM
i truly believe thomas is another steal for the rangers....he should be on the canadian wjc roster, same for werek who is tearing it up right now

jetsfan89
12-18-2010, 05:29 PM
i truly believe thomas is another steal for the rangers....he should be on the canadian wjc roster, same for werek who is tearing it up right now

Absolutely. Give credit to Sather and Gordie Clark for having a couple of great drafts the past few years. We have gotten very solid players in the second/third rounds and hopefully this is a trend that continues. Both Werek and Horak will likely be in the AHL next year. Keep an eye out for Jesper Fasth, who's playing in a men's league in Sweden (SEL) and will probably be a top 6 forward in the WJC.

NYM1989
04-05-2011, 11:23 AM
Looks like Krieder will be heading back to BC next season :(

redwhiteandblue
04-05-2011, 04:29 PM
I'm actually ok and would almost prefer that... He's going to get top line minutes and I'm eager to see what kind of show he puts on with that. I'm hoping to see him put up 25+ G's and 20+ A's next year. Not to mention without a need to rush him, IMO, he's going to be able to learn some valuable leadership skill in his Junior year. I think a 2012-13 mid-late season call up is in store for him.

Rangers in 7
04-10-2011, 01:51 PM
im pretty sure that hagelin will be signing soon with the whale since his career at michigan has come to end

jetsfan89
04-10-2011, 02:02 PM
McIlrath and Yogan signed ATO's (amateur try outs) with the Whale and they played yesterday. McIlrath got into a fight, Yogan scored two goals.

Rangers in 7
04-10-2011, 02:10 PM
McIlrath and Yogan signed ATO's (amateur try outs) with the Whale and they played yesterday. McIlrath got into a fight, Yogan scored two goals.

just watched the highlights....yogan looked very good.....could be a steal for a third rounder

http://www.snyrangersblog.com/2011/04/10/watch-dylan-mcilrath-and-andrew-yogan-debut-for-the-whale/

nyanks79
04-12-2011, 11:43 AM
Krieder officially going back to BC.

redwhiteandblue
04-12-2011, 01:06 PM
just watched the highlights....yogan looked very good.....could be a steal for a third rounder

http://www.snyrangersblog.com/2011/04/10/watch-dylan-mcilrath-and-andrew-yogan-debut-for-the-whale/
Ya know who I didn't see in that highlight? Redden.


Krieder officially going back to BC.
I might be the only one, but I'm happy about this. I don't want to rush this youth movement we have going on. If he has a real good year and makes the proper steps foward, then I'd rather he not stay his senior year. But for now there's still learning experience to be earned there.

jetsfan89
04-12-2011, 01:13 PM
It's not official. Rangers haven't even made him an offer yet. Same thing happened with Stepan.

redwhiteandblue
04-12-2011, 01:47 PM
I have a feeling he's gonna stay one more year anyways, just my opinion.

Although the Rangers have a recent history of getting guys signed they want to move up so it could go either way I guess.

nyanks79
04-12-2011, 04:15 PM
I read it here.


Boston College sophomores Brian Dumoulin and Chris Kreider will return to Boston College for the 2011-12 season, according to BC head coach Jerry York.

http://bceagles.cstv.com/sports/m-hockey/spec-rel/041111aaa.html

jetsfan89
04-12-2011, 05:10 PM
The Post has learned the Rangers do not believe that 2009 first-round draft choice Chris Kreider has made an irrevocable decision to return to Boston College next year for his junior season, though that's what Eagles head coach Jerry York announced yesterday.
It is believed that the Blueshirts are in communication with the winger, who will turn 20 on April 30. The Post last week was told by an individual close to Kreider that he is leaning toward returning to school.


Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/rangers/gaborik_practices_with_rangers_second_hOVX8tOmV5vT WuKZdoXwIK#ixzz1JLTb6qZo

mlisica19
04-12-2011, 06:17 PM
Kredier went back to BC according to sources.
With the broken jaw i figured he would get scared into signing a pro contract before anything else goes wrong but it shows courage and intelligence.

BC and College Hockey will teach him alot on defense and team play beyond his already natural offensive skill. Size and Speed. Gotta love it... Hell come around when hes ready in the mind... Then hell be a show


For now be ready to see our other top prospects who will do wonders for our team

mlisica19
04-12-2011, 07:55 PM
Ryan Bourque is a young kid with alot of offensive talent and a strong resume. Hes already got some chemistry with some of the roster including prospects, AHL and NHL. I give him 3 years max until you see him being a regular in the NHL, from what I see hes pretty small dude no? Heck who knows, maybe he becomes the next Patrick Kane haha. Yet i feel 3 years.

Hagelin is the ball buster, the guy who will hustle. The best in shape out of every prospect we have. Hes NHL ready just based on this. Hell do anything to get the puck where it needs to be and that will be rather interesting to see. Cant get enough of these guys. Give him a full season or two until hes in the Rangers.

Thomas, a pure goal scorer. Something very necessary especially since we dont have one really besides an inconsistant Gaborik. Hell probably see time on the Rangers first but not until 2 years will he become a full time guy. Hes got a pure slap shot and a knack to know where to put the puck in any position. We need him the most.

Werek i hear is slipping, but maybe time in the AHL where he can play with the big boys immediately will open his eyes. His size will be a big factor, but I dont see him playing anytime soon, if he doesnt get traded first :/. Could be just because i hear less about him than anyone else and i feel he gets traded or an AHL 4 lifer like Newbury.

Oh and cant forget the underestimated McIlrath. The guy is 6'7. Idc if we passed up Fowler. When this kid actually matrues he will be the big defender we and our team NEEDS MOST. He can pound a punch and provide some fire power.

Rangers in 7
04-12-2011, 08:48 PM
Ya know who I didn't see in that highlight? Redden.


I might be the only one, but I'm happy about this. I don't want to rush this youth movement we have going on. If he has a real good year and makes the proper steps foward, then I'd rather he not stay his senior year. But for now there's still learning experience to be earned there.

i didnt see redden either, which is pretty funny.....to ur second point i agree....let him takes as much time as hed like

bsi
04-12-2011, 11:33 PM
I would have preferred Kreider had turned pro, played in the AHL. The reason being is that the college season is so short that it's a big jump to go to an NHL season especially with the size difference and speed, and if he stays in college this year, it's less likely that he's gonna play in the NHL the year after.

redwhiteandblue
04-13-2011, 12:05 AM
I think you mean the AHL next season? I disagree there but I don't really see it being a road block in him getting where we want him to be as a player. He stays his Junior year he naturally develops his skill a little further along and learns some very valuable leadership skills. Not just by his play but by being one of the guys looked up to and leaned on by others. If he goes this route he either develops strength and speed by adjusting to the pro game and it take a little longer (ala Stepan) or he starts the season in the AHL and comes up as a player more prone to contributing (ala Zucc) but with more upside.

If he signs now he plays probably a good 85-90% of the season in the AHL with a couple cups of coffee and comes a little more ready to contribute the next year. I don't see it being a HUGE advantage whereas I'd rather him stay at school and develop a little more as a player and a human being.

That's just my take on it though.

bsi
04-13-2011, 12:24 AM
I think you mean the AHL next season? I disagree there but I don't really see it being a road block in him getting where we want him to be as a player. He stays his Junior year he naturally develops his skill a little further along and learns some very valuable leadership skills. Not just by his play but by being one of the guys looked up to and leaned on by others. If he goes this route he either develops strength and speed by adjusting to the pro game and it take a little longer (ala Stepan) or he starts the season in the AHL and comes up as a player more prone to contributing (ala Zucc) but with more upside.

If he signs now he plays probably a good 85-90% of the season in the AHL with a couple cups of coffee and comes a little more ready to contribute the next year. I don't see it being a HUGE advantage whereas I'd rather him stay at school and develop a little more as a player and a human being.

That's just my take on it though.

My point was that we'll likely have to wait another year for him to have an impact at the NHL level. Stepan although he jumped in this year has slumped at times, and I kind of attributed that to the fact that his season was so different in length from college that he kind of ran out of steam at the midway point. I just think he should get accustomed to the schedule in the minors next year, and be on the NHL team the year after. Just my opinion though, and what do I know, hahhaa.

redwhiteandblue
04-13-2011, 12:43 AM
Agreed, we're just posters not future NHL GM's or anything. But we can do our best to read into it. Either way I think he ends up a very effective NHL player, I just sway to the side that gives him more maturation beyond being just a Gaborik. Our window of years as Cup contenders is going to be very long at the rate we're going, there's no need to rush.

Eager to see him get to the pros though, whenever he does decide to go.

saintant182
04-13-2011, 02:32 PM
i agree on him going back to BC, the selfish side of me wants to see him play for the rangers sooner rather than later but the right decision is the one that has been made, being someone who is counted upon will help turn him into a player that can and will score clutch goals and make plays at important times. having leadership qualities are great and this year at BC will produce those qualities in him for sure... i hope Mcilrath plays next year, would be great to see him smashing up some nhlers

nags1
04-23-2011, 12:55 PM
i agree on him going back to BC, the selfish side of me wants to see him play for the rangers sooner rather than later but the right decision is the one that has been made, being someone who is counted upon will help turn him into a player that can and will score clutch goals and make plays at important times. having leadership qualities are great and this year at BC will produce those qualities in him for sure... i hope Mcilrath plays next year, would be great to see him smashing up some nhlers

Late to the party but I feel either way it's CK's decision and good for him. I don't think it will really hurt him development wise unless he actually gets hurt but that could easily happen in any league so it's a poor arguement. I'm still holding back until I see the Rangers make a push like they did for McD and Stepan.

Very intrigued about seeing if Thomas can do something in Traverse City or training camp. Same with McI and a few others like Bourqure, Yogan, Horak.

nyanks79
04-30-2011, 03:34 PM
Krieder Stepan and McDonagh are all playing for the US in the worlds. They beat Australia in the first game with Krieder having a goal and Stepan with 2 assists.

saintant182
04-30-2011, 04:39 PM
Krieder Stepan and McDonagh are all playing for the US in the worlds. They beat Australia in the first game with Krieder having a goal and Stepan with 2 assists.

ive got a feeling you mean austria...... not sure ice hockeys really australia's kinda sport... lol

great to see our guys contributing!!! will be great for them to play with guys like statsny and co

Rangers in 7
05-08-2011, 07:37 PM
werek was just traded to phx

Rangers in 7
05-08-2011, 07:44 PM
also krieder scored for team usa today, as well as stepan

stepan has 6 points in 5 games and krieder has 3 in 5

redwhiteandblue
05-09-2011, 01:46 PM
Stepans going to be a beast next year.

Not surprised, but Krieder has come out and said he's not ready for the NHL and is leaning even more towards going back to BC. I don't blame him, he will gain valuable time to grow down there.

Rangers in 7
05-10-2011, 12:48 AM
i agree completely.....give the kid another year, hes not a savior for this team so u might as well leave him be another year

Rangers in 7
05-26-2011, 03:43 PM
The Rangers have nine prospects who were members of CHL teams this past season, including six forwards, two defensemen, and one goaltender; five play in the OHL, three in the WHL, and one in the QMJHL. In a break from the past, the Rangers have been signing their CHL prospects significantly ahead of the deadline for doing so. Six CHL players were signed to an entry-level contract over the last two months, including three (Jason Wilson, Christian Thomas, and Dylan McIlrath) that were drafted in 2010.


QMJHL

Ryan Bourque, C, Quebec Remparts
Acquired: 3rd round, 80th overall, 2009

Recently signed by the Rangers to an entry-level contract, Ryan Bourque spent the 2010-11 hockey season as a member of the Quebec Remparts. It was his second year with Quebec, and there was a significant improvement in his game from one year to the next. An exciting, flashy prospect with excellent speed and a quick release, Bourque sees the ice well and posted more than a point per game during this regular season. However, his size, injury history, and lack of a north-south game may hinder his professional development. After exhausting his CHL eligibility, it is expected that Bourque will spend at least one season in the AHL prior to competing for an NHL roster spot.


OHL

Christian Thomas, RW, Oshawa Generals
Acquired: 2nd round, 40th overall, 2010

When the Rangers drafted Thomas, they were excited about his game-breaking abilities, however, its hard to believe that they expected the outstanding season the young Toronto native has put together. The NHL team is now taking about Thomas having elite talent, and given the numbers he put up in the OHL this season its hard to argue with them. With 99 points (54 goals, 45 assists) in 66 regular season games for the Oshawa Generals, which was ranked sixth in the league for total points and second for goals, Thomas topped that performance with 19 points (9 goals, 10 assists) in 10 games in the playoffs. Additionally, he was named "Most Dangerous in Goal Area" and "Best Shot" by the OHL Eastern Conference coaches and was voted runner-up in the "Hardest Shot" category. Signed to an NHL entry-level contract last week, the Rangers and Thomas have some decisions to make next fall. After three years in the CHL, Thomas appears ready to transition to professional play. However, under the NHL's agreement with the CHL, the only way that is possible is for Thomas to start the season with the NHL team. Much of that decision will rest upon how Thomas performs this summer and in the main training camp next fall.


Andrew Yogan, C, Erie Otters
Acquired: 4th round, 100th overall, 2010

Yogan is a former top OHL prospect, who was selected by the Windsor Spits in the fifth round of the 2007 draft. A Floridian who did not play hockey full time until his rookie season, the OHL was a big adjustment for Yogan, and it was not until his second year, and a trade to the Erie Otters, that Yogan began to fulfill the promise that many scouts had seen in him at ages 14 and 15. During the 2009-10 season, the Floridian was at close to a point per game pace, excelling at face-offs and distributing the puck. However, the Rangers were unaware of the extent of a left shoulder injury that Yogan had sustained last spring, and it was not until the young prospect got to New York last summer that it was determined that he needed shoulder surgery. Returning to the Otters in February 2011, Yogan only skated in 10 regular season and three playoff games during the 2010-11 season. He then signed an ATO with the Connecticut Whale, appearing in two regular season games (and registering three points). The Rangers are not expected to make a decision as to whether to sign Yogan to an entry-level contract until sometime during next season.


Jason Wilson, LW, Niagara IceDogs
Acquired: 5th round, 130th overall, 2010

The Rangers signed Wilson to an entry-level contract earlier this month, after he had a very successful overage season with the OHL Niagara Ice Dogs. Drafted as a 20-year old, Wilson did not play in the OHL until he was already 18 years old. First with the London Knights and then with the Owen Sounds Attack, Wilson proved to be tough with some offensive upside. In his overage year with the Ice Dogs, Wilson showed more offensive capabilities (particularly during the playoffs) and worked on his two-way game. Expected to begin his professional career next fall with the AHL Connecticut Whale, Wilson is at least one year away from an NHL debut.


Daniel Maggio, D, Oshawa Generals
Acquired: 6th round, 170th overall, 2009

After recording 31 points (nine goals, 22 assists) in 66 games for the Sudbury Wolves during the 2009-10 season, the Rangers were looking forward to further development in the Windsor, Ontario native this year. After beginning this season with the Guelph Storm and only appearing in 12 games, Maggio was sent home because of team issues and to recover from an ankle injury. This was after starting the 2010-11 year missing nine games with an upper body injury, then a two-game suspension for a hit to the head from behind on a much smaller player. Mid-season, Maggio was traded to the Oshawa Generals, where he played much better, but it is doubtful that he will earn an entry-level contract with the Rangers prior to their rights expiring next week.


Scott Stajcer, G, Owen Sound Attack
Acquired: 5th round, 140th overall, 2009

Stajcer started the season as Owen Sound Attack's number one netminder and looked to be a force in the OHL. Upon return from the Rangers training camp this fall, Stajcer won his first eight starts. A couple of bad games followed, but Stajcer played an outstanding second half in one of the OHL games in the Subway super series. It was November 20, 2010, in a game against the Mississauga St. Mike's Majors, that he sustained a hip injury that required surgery. Stajcer did not return until the playoffs, but proved early on that he was back in top form. He won eight of nine games in April, with a 2.08 goals against average and a .931 save percentage. Although Stajcer's play since has been less stellar, last week the Rangers signed him to an entry-level contract. It is expected that the 19-year-old will begin his professional career in either the AHL or ECHL next season.


WHL

Roman Horak, C/LW, Chilliwack Bruins
Acquired: 5th round, 127th overall, 2009

Horak was one of the Rangers late-round European selections, in what has become a pattern for the team. After being drafted in 2009, Horak came to the Traverse City Rookie Tournament that September, and became a surprise performer. He joined the Chilliwack Bruins and became one of the offensive leaders on the team, posting 21 goals and 26 assists in 66 games during the 2009-10 regular season. After that excellent rookie performance (he was eighth overall in the league in rookie scoring), Horak followed up with 78 points (26 goals, 52 assists) in 64 regular season games in 2010-11. Additionally, he appeared in both the 2010 and 2011 World Junior Championships for the Czech Republic. Under contract until through April 2011 with the Czech Federation, the Rangers were unable to sign Horak until its end. New York signed him to an entry-level deal as soon as it was possible in early May. Expect the excellent two-way forward to start next season in the AHL.

Dylan McIlrath, D, Moore Jaw Warriors
Acquired: 1st round, 10th overall, 2010

When the Rangers selected McIlrath 10th overall last summer, what they were looking for was an eventual clear the crease, hard to play against, mean, big defenseman. They knew that it would take quite a bit of time for McIlrath to become that player, and the Rangers are willing to give him that time. The NHL team signed McIlrath to an entry-level contract in March and expect him to keep developing in the WHL next season. After posting 24 points (7 goals, 17 assists) in 65 games last season with the Moose Jaw Warriors in 2009-10 (while accumulating 169 penatly minutes and a plus-20 ratio), the Warriors alternate captain posted almost identical offensive and penalty minutes numbers this season (five goals, 18 assists, 153 penalty minutes in 62 regular season games). McIlrath is expected to develop toward the NHL over the next two to three years. Absent an incredible showing at training camp next fall, a return to the WHL is expected for the 2011-12 season.

http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/13096/new_york_rangers_loaded_with_firepower_at_chl_leve l/

as per nyanks who posted this in the hf thread we have

nyanks79
05-29-2011, 07:43 PM
New York had six prospects playing for college teams and seven playing in Europe during the 2010-11 season. Five of these players are top Rangers prospects, with one already signing an NHL entry-level contract in the last month. Twelve of the prospects are forwards and one is a defenseman. Generally, when the Rangers draft college-bound or European prospects, they have been forwards. Of the current New York Rangers, the only defensemen from the college ranks are Ryan McDonagh (obtained in a trade with Montreal) and Matt Gilroy, who signed as a free agent. The only other blue line prospects in the Rangers's system that were drafted by New York out of either college or Europe are Tomas Kundratek and Mikhail Pashnin.


NCAA/CIS

Chris Kreider, LW, 20
Acquired: 1st Round, 19th overall, 2009

Kreider recently completed participation in his second consecutive World Championships, after representing the United States for the second year in a row at the World Junior Championships. The fleet-footed Boston College student has preformed well on the international stage, however, his 2010-11 regular season statistics with the Eagles (23 points--11 goals, 12 assists--in 31 games), were not dominating. At Boston College ice time is earned, and as a sophomore, there were many skaters ahead of Kreider. However, given the recent pro signings of several of the Boxford, Massachusetts native's teammates, if Kreider returns to BC, he will get plenty of ice time. Although Kreider has announced his intention to return to school, nothing will be definitely decided until after Development Camp in early July. The Rangers have given indications that they feel that Kreider is ready for the professional game this coming season, albeit most likely starting in Connecticut.


Carl Hagelin, LW, 22
Acquired: 6th Round, 168th overall, 2007

At age 22, Hagelin was one of the youngest fourth-year players in college hockey during the 2010-11 season. Signed by New York to an entry-level contract in April after he competed with the University of Michigan for the NCAA title, Hagelin was a Wolverine co-captain this past season. He was also its leading scorer (18 goals, 31 assists), was fourteenth overall in the NCAA in total points, and ranked sixth in game-winning goals for all college players. An excellent defensive forward, Hagelin won CCHA honors for the second straight season and was named a Hockey West All American this spring. Five days after the Rangers announced the ELC, Hagelin signed an ATO to play for the AHL Connecticut Whale. In five AHL playoff games, He posted one goal and one assist, with four penalty minutes for the Whale. Hagelin is expected to compete for an NHL roster spot this fall.


Max Campbell, C, 22
Acquired: 5th round, 138th overall, 2007

Campbell was a big reason that the Western Michigan Broncos were playing in the Midwest Regional of the NCAA Tournament this year. He was voted the team's Most Valuable Player by his teammates, the first post-season award in his career. Campbell led the Broncos in points and goals (18 goals, 17 assists). He had career highs in all offensive categories, and scored the sudden death OT game-winner in game three of the CCHA Quarterfinals to send the Broncos to the CCHA Semifinals for the first time since 1994. However, Campbell was not a factor in the regionals, and at times looked overmatched. At this point, it is expected that August 15th will pass without the Rangers signing Campbell to an entry-level contract. It is likely that the forward will begin the 2011-12 season in either the AHL or ECHL.


Danny Hobbs, C, 21
Acquired: 7th round, 198th overall, 2007

A final-round selection in 2007, Hobbs has been a long-term project for the Rangers. A member of the USHL Ohio Junior Blue Jackets for two years before the team ceased operations, he then joined the University of Massachusetts in the fall of 2008, where he got very little playing time. Fully expecting that it would take four years for Hobbs to develop, the Rangers are very happy with how he has progressed. During his 2010-11 junior season, Hobbs was the team's leading scorer (12 goals, 16 assists), had the most game winners, and was recently named a co-captain for his upcoming senior year. If Hobbs continues to develop, expect the Rangers to sign him to an entry level contract after next season.


Eric Hunter, C, 24
Acquired: 6th round, 174th overall, 2006

First drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks in the final round of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, Hunter went unsigned. The Rangers then picked him up in the sixth round in 2006. At that point, Hunter had exhausted his CHL eligibility, but spent an overage year with the WHL Prince George Cougars during the 2006-07 season. Hunter then entered college and just completed his fourth season with the University of Alberta. Because of Hunter's unusual route through junior hockey, re-entering the draft, and then attending college, he remains a Rangers' prospect. The Golden Bears' captain, Hunter who was injured by Mike Liambas this spring, has one more year of CIS eligibility. He signed an ATO with the Lake Erie Monsters last month and played three games for the team. He is not expected to be signed to an entry-level contract by the Rangers.


Greg Beller, LW/C, 24
Acquired: 6th round, 178th overall, 2005

Beller's intention at the time he was drafted was to become a Yale Bulldog. However, following his freshman season at Yale, there was a coaching change and Beller decided to leave the program. After sitting out a year (and playing for the BCHL Vernon Vipers), Beller joined the hockey team at the University of Manitoba, where he has played for the past three seasons. He was named the school's male athlete of the week earlier in the season, and now has exhausted his five years of CIS eligibility. He is not expected to be signed to an NHL entry-level contract.


Europe

Oscar Lindberg, C, 19
Acquired: Trade with Phoenix Coyotes, 2011

The Phoenix Coyotes' second-round pick (57th overall) in 2010, Lindberg was exchanged for Ethan Werek this past spring. Lindberg has spent two season in the SEL, both with Skelleftea HC. Used mostly as a defensive forward, he posted five goals and nine assists mostly on the team's third line. As the youngest forward on the Skelleftea roster, Lindberg is a very good two-way forward. Very responsible in his own zone, he can chip in offensively too. Lindberg is under contract in Sweden through the 2012-13 season, but a transfer is possible before that time.


Jesper Fasth, RW, 19
Acquired: 6th round, 157th overall, 2010

A leading scorer in this year's U20 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, Fasth spent the 2010-11 hockey season in the Swedish Elite League. A highly talented goal scorer, with excellent speed and good vision, Fasth has the upside of a second line NHL player. Signed through the 2011-12 season in Sweden with HV71 Jonkoping, it is possible that Fasth will not play in North America for one more year. But he is expected to participate in development camp this summer.


Mikhail Pashnin, D, 22
Acquired: 7th round, 200th overall, 2009

Pashnin is under contract for another month to his KHL team and has been a loyal skater for the CSKA franchise over the life of the contract (even agreeing to play for the junior team when asked this spring). However, there is no question that he is interested in playing for the Rangers and will participate in development camp this summer. Last summer, Pashnin was very impressive during his short appearance, playing an aggressive, in your face, defensive game at the camp. Previously drafted first overall in the initial KHL draft, expect Pashnin to sign an entry-level contract with the Rangers this summer.


David Kveton, RW, 23
Acquired: 4th round, 104th overall, 2006

The Rangers continue to express interest in Kveton, who played less than a season of North American junior hockey in 2006-07 before returning to Europe. Kveton recently completed his fourth season as a member of the Trinec Ocelari HC, of the Czech Extraliga, posting 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists) in 52 regular season games. Kveton also recorded 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists) in 18 playoff games, and was a major contributor to his club's first Czech Extraliga championship. Now an established player in Europe, it is unlikely that Kveton will decide to play in North America absent a one-way contract, which the Rangers have as yet been unwilling to offer him.


Lukas Zeliska, C, 23
Acquired: 6th round, 204th overall, 2006

Zeliska was the last of four European players drafted by New York in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft Following the draft, Zeliska spent the 2006-07 season as a member of the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL. However, he returned to Europe after that season and has not returned to North America. This season he skated for MHC Mountfield of the Slovak Extraliga. In 32 regular season games, he registered six assists, 20 PIM, and a -5 plus/minus rating. Although the Rangers continue to hold his rights, he is no longer on their radar.


David Skokan, C, 22
Drafted: 7th round, 193rd overall, 2007

Skokan was the first of two seventh-round selections for the Rangers in 2007. A high-risk pick, Skokan was in his second season as a member of the QMJHL Rimouski Oceanic at the time that he was selected by the Rangers. Not offered an entry-level contract, Skokan returned to Europe. After spending the 2008-09 season with HK SKP Propad in Slovakia, Skokan signed with HC Slovan Bratislava of the Slovak Extraliga. He continues to skate for that club and is not expected to return to North America to play hockey.


Roman Psurny, LW, 24
Drafted: 5th Round, 135th overall, 2004

After being drafted by the Rangers, Psurny came to North America with his twin brother Michal to play in the WHL. Psurny returned to the Czech Republic in 2006 and is not expected to return to North America. Psurny played for HC Mountfield (Ceske Budejovice) for the 2010-11 season, posting 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) in 52 regular season games. Although technically still on the Rangers reserve list, he is no longer on the NHL team's radar.


http://www.hockeysfuture.com/articles/13099/european_and_ncaa_prospect_pool_for_new_york_range rs_deep_at_forward/

Some more positive signs about are future. I think Fasth is a really interesting guy and one to keep and eye on. I decided to bold some stuff seeing as those are the guys with more positives and have a better chance at a future.

bsi
05-29-2011, 09:38 PM
Interesting to see they think Hagelin will be competing for a spot on the NHL team. Exciting next few years for our team. Love it.

Redfish
05-30-2011, 10:29 AM
Look for Mikhail Pashnin to make the club this season. The Rangers are in need of 3 defenseman, as McCabe, Eminger and Gilroy are all on the proverbial "outside looking in." Pashnin epitomizes what Tortorella wants each player to bring to each game: sheer determination, grit, physical play and skill to win the battles. Ranger fans are going to like this guy.

bsi
05-30-2011, 10:36 AM
Look for Mikhail Pashnin to make the club this season. The Rangers are in need of 3 defenseman, as McCabe, Eminger and Gilroy are all on the proverbial "outside looking in." Pashnin epitomizes what Tortorella wants each player to bring to each game: sheer determination, grit, physical play and skill to win the battles. Ranger fans are going to like this guy.

Ya, he's a little pitbull.

Rangers in 7
05-31-2011, 02:58 PM
heres the right up on pashnin from www.hockeysfuture.com


Mikhail Pashnin
Prospect Grade: 6.5 D (About Prospect Grades)

Profile Contributed By: HF Staff
History

2008-09: A native of Chelyabinsk, Pashnin grew up in the Mechel system and debuted with the main team in the 06-07 season, but he didn't break out until the 08-09 season, when he was surprisingly called to the national junior team first for the ADT Canada/Russia challenge, then for the WJC, in which he played an rather important role. He was also the first overall pick in the first-ever KHL Draft. Pashnin will spend the 09-10 season with CSKA Moscow.

Talent Analysis

Pashnin is a good two-way defenseman who isn't a true offensive blueliner but neither a stay-at-home. His could be called a two-way defenseman. He manages to be effective in both zones thanks to his good skating and hard commitment, but he lacks the size needed for the more demanding NA game. While he isn't a point-machine like some other Russian defensemen like Zubov or Gonchar, he can still appear on the scoresheet thanks to his hockey intelligence and good reading of the ice. He can improve his shot and overall offensive instincts.

Future

Pashnin has seen a big improvement in the last couple of seasons, but he is yet to show that he is a NHL-caliber player. He has to bulk up some muscle, especially in the upper part of the body, and to become more creative in the offensive zone.

hes only 5'11 but is a solid dmen....i agree that he has a chance to make the nhl roster this year

i also believe that him, MDZ, paveltenko, and kondratek will fill the 5th, 6th and 7th dmen spots next year

B-West.Joba
06-13-2011, 01:00 PM
I haven't seen him to play enough, but I saw this in a yahoo article.

New York Rangers: It's official: Former first-round pick Chris Kreider will be returning to Boston College for his junior year, and not jumping to the pros. Having seen Kreider play many times, I think it's because he has learned that there are a lot of body checks thrown around in professional hockey, and he wants no part of anything like that.

Do you guys know if he is as soft as the writer is making him out to be? With Kreider's speed and standing at 6'3" 215, he is much bigger and faster than most college hockey players, so if he doesn't like contact even there, that could be an issue.

bsi
06-13-2011, 02:29 PM
I haven't seen him to play enough, but I saw this in a yahoo article.

New York Rangers: It's official: Former first-round pick Chris Kreider will be returning to Boston College for his junior year, and not jumping to the pros. Having seen Kreider play many times, I think it's because he has learned that there are a lot of body checks thrown around in professional hockey, and he wants no part of anything like that.

Do you guys know if he is as soft as the writer is making him out to be? With Kreider's speed and standing at 6'3" 215, he is much bigger and faster than most college hockey players, so if he doesn't like contact even there, that could be an issue.

Who wrote this garbarge? Kreider has no problem with physical play. He's young and he seems like he just wants to go back to college IMO. Another year of development won't hurt, although I would be excited to see him in the lineup.

nyanks79
06-17-2011, 06:29 PM
Earlier this week, Rangers prospect Christian Thomas told newyorkrangers.com that he was hoping he'd soon get a phone call from Hockey Canada to learn if he had been selected for the Canadian National Junior Team Summer Development Camp.

On Friday, Thomas got the good news he had been looking for, as the Blueshirts' 2010 second-round draft pick and son of former NHLer Steve Thomas was on the list of 46 players invited to the camp, scheduled to take place from Aug. 3-7 in Edmonton and Fort McMurray, Alberta.

Thomas, who is coming off a tremendous 54-goal and 99-point season with the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League. He was the first Blueshirts draftee to score 50 goals in an OHL season since Ryan Callahan in 2005-06.


http://rangers.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=566252&navid=DL|NYR|home

I really wouldnt be surprised if Thomas got a really good oppertunity to make the team. Even if it was just 3rd line minutes and PP time.

jetsfan89
06-17-2011, 10:04 PM
After not event being offered a try out last year, i'm glad canada realized they ****ing screwed up.

nyanks79
06-28-2011, 02:21 PM
White wins first prospect scrimmage, 8-3

Dylan McIlrath, the 10th overall pick in 2010, was the strongest player on the ice as he led White to an 8-3 win over Blue this morning at the MSG Training Center. McIlrath, known more for his defense and physical play, had a goal and two assists as he displayed a nice shot from the right point. RW Jesper Fasth had two goals for White. Right wing Christian Thomas had a goal and an assist for Blue. The game was played in two, 20-minute halves. White led 5-1 at the break, with those goals coming against G Scott Stajcer.

Blue defenseman Mikhail Pashnin was again noticeable for his physical play but it wasn’t all positive. He skated around the ice looking for bodies to hit, leaving him winded at the end of his shifts.

White: C Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, D Peter Ceresnak, G Jared Coreau, D Tim Erixon, C Adam Estoclet, RW Jesper Fasth, LW Ryan Flanigan, C Steven Fogarty, LW Tommy Grant, LW Carl Hagelin, RW Victor Kamensky, D Aleksa Lukovic, LW Taylor MacDougall, RW Shane McColgan, D Dylan McIlrath, G Jason Missiaen, C Michael St. Croix, D Andrej Sustr, LW Andrew Yogan.

Blue: LW Ryan Bourque, G Ilia Ejov, C T.J. Foster, LW Austin Fyten, RW Greger Hanson, C Jordan Hickmott, C Danny Hobbs, LW Kale Kerbashian, C Oscar Lindberg, LW Donny Maloney, C J.T. Miller, D Samuel Noreau, D Mikhail Pashnin, LW Andrew Silard, G Scott Stajcer, RW Christian Thomas, LW Jason Wilson, D Nikita Zaytsev

Going through my scrimmage notes, from start to finish:

First period goalie matchup: Stajcer (Blue) vs. 6-foot-8 Missiaen.

Stajcer made a nice left pad save on St. Croix, it went downhill from there.

Noreau, from the right point, took a hard shot. Thoughts on the fifth-rounder: Still don’t think he skates well enough to be considered a great prospect but his shot was good and he’s very calm with the puck in his own end.

Pashnin got a good hit on McIlrath up at the blue line. Problem was, it was toward what should have been the end of his shift. He then had to get back down low and he had trouble moving the rest of the shift.

Kamensky gave White a 1-0 lead off Ceresnak’s feed from the right point.

McIlrath then set up Yogan for a 2-0 lead, again from the point.

Shortly after that, McIlrath set up Fasth from the point to make it 3-0.

McIlrath continued his offensive rampage with a shot from the point through traffic for a 4-0 lead.

Lindberg brought Blue within 4-1 after Maloney started the play at center ice and got the puck to Kerbashian, who fed Lindberg.

McColgan closed the first half scoring with a wrist shot to give White a 5-1 lead.

Goalies for the second half: Ejov (Blue) and Coreau (White).

Erixon fed Fasth with a sweet backhander from the right faceoff circle to give White a 6-1 lead.

Ejov was able to sprawl and use his arm to stop McColgan at the post.

Hagelin, who is a very strong skater, found Grant to make it 7-1.

Thomas brought Blue within 7-2 on a penalty shot (no power plays in the scrimmages).

MacDougall then made it 8-2 White as a shot trickled through Ejov and MacDougall banged it in.

Thomas fed Bourque to finish the scoring.

Bourque was one of the players who stood out, particularly for his skating. Yogan, too, was impressive, especially with his size.

http://blogs.northjersey.com/blogs/rangerrants/comments/white_wins_first_prospect_scrimmage_8-3/

Good to see guys like McIlrath, Fasth, Borque, Thomas, Hagelin to well.