Hockey Prospectus released its current organization rankings for farm systems, and the Rangers slotted in at #19, just behind Ottawa. Corey Pronman had this to say about the Rangers:
19. New York Rangers
Tim Erixon’s trade, J.T. Miller’s graduation, and average years from Chris Kreider and Brady Skjei led to a lower ranking for the Rangers. Acquiring Danny Kristo from Montreal was a nice boost, Michael St. Croix continued to look good in the WHL, and they made a few nice upside selections in the 2013 draft.
HF had the Rangers at #17 when they did their rankings, but did not have JT Miller or Chris Kreider as graduates. Kreider still represents the lone elite talent among the prospects, but the Rangers till have a lot of solid players that could develop nicely. It’s not an insult to be middle of the road at this current juncture, when you consider how many prospects the Rangers have developed into solid NHLers over the past few years. A lack of top draft picks this year also hurt them a bit.