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ESPN’s Top 100 Prospects: Three Rangers included

In an Insider only piece at ESPN, Corey Pronman listed his top 100 NHL prospects, and three Rangers made the list. The top prospect is Jonathan Drouin from Tampa Bay, and the rest of the prospects are behind the pay wall. Chris Kreider (41), Danny Kristo (54) and Pavel Buchnevich (69) made the list. Pronman also noted the organizational ranks in a separate Insider piece, with Colorado being the top team. The Rangers were ranked lower, but this is mostly because most of their prospects are in the NHL already.

Both pieces are worth the read if you have access.

10 Responses to “ESPN’s Top 100 Prospects: Three Rangers included”

  1. Rangers Fan in Boston says:

    I don’t have insider. For curiosity’s sake, what were the Rangers ranked organizationally?

    • Puck Luck (@Centerman21) says:

      I think this stupid prospect Rankins have the Rangers in the bottom 3rd of the NHL. Like 20th or 21st, which is dumb because from now including Kreider. The Rangers system could very well be top 5 in prospects making the NHL. The weakness is only because many prospects aren’t listed anymore. Like Kreider and Miller because they’ve both played too many NHL games. Organizationally anyway. ESPN does little in the way of coverage on hockey. So to me they lose the right to rank NHL teams in any catagory.

  2. Bloomer says:

    The Rangers never seem to rank well in future prospects. Yet if you look at their roster and players they developed and moved, they have done very well in the last 5 years.

  3. Frank Cerbone says:

    Ranger organization has suffered greatly with its #1 draft choices since Gordie Clark was brought on board in 2002 from the Islanders. Clark was a Boston guy and got Sather’s ear before the 2003 draft. Maloney wanted Parise; Clark swore by Jessiman. That 2003 draft was preceeded by a Ranger series on MSG about how Sather was working out guys like Parise and other players in what may have been the deepest 1st round draft ever. Maloney was Director of Player Personnel, but Clark had no respect for Maloney and got Sather’s ear. In fact, Jessiman wasn’t even ranked in the top 100 prospects in the year prior to the 2003 draft by the Hockey News. The rest is history.

    Rangers were very lucky they had that former Detroit scout Crister Rockstrom that picked Lundquist, Fast, & Hagelin with like 6th round picks, but he’s no longer with the organization, because Clark tried to explain he discovered those players to cover for his many failures with #1 draft picks. In fact, Clark had such a poor opinion of Lundquist that he sent other scouts to watch Lundquist play in Europe, because he disagreed with Rockstom’s high opinion of Lundquist. That same scout was the guy who discovered many of Detroits superstars.

    Same goes for Girardi who was ignored by Clark in the draft, but I think Sather threw one of his scouts Bernanrd a bone and agreed to bring Girard into camp as an undrafted player.

  4. Frank Cerbone says:

    CONTINUED

    Look at #1 picks Miller & Skjei- Miller is projected 3rd liner Manny Maholtra type & Skjei
    is maybe a top 6 defenseman if Rangers get lucky.
    Skjei is a guy who is big but disappears from games when he is hit, has no offensive skills & does not play the body EVEN A LITTLE. He’s coming off a bad year, and with one more bad year may no longer be a prospect.

    Just look at the 2006 draft- Rangers draft Sanguinetti-ignore Claude Girous, Pattock Berglund, Jamie McGinn, Shawn Mathias,Milan Lucic, Steve mason, Brad Marchant,.

    Hard to believe Boston got 3 starters out of that draft.

  5. Bloomer says:

    Jessiman was a dud, but Dubinski, Attie, Callahan, DeZotta, Stephan, Krieder, Miller, Sauer, Korpikoski, Hags and Tutin all turned out pretty good. Did I miss anyone?

  6. Bloomer says:

    Oh yeah Lundquist and Marc Stall!

  7. Frank Cerbone says:

    You left out Sanguinetti and Montoya.

    Lundquist & Tyutin were drafted BEFORE GORDIE CLARKE was signed by Rangers

    Also, there have been numerous star players picked AFTER Clark chose Sanguinettis, Jessiman, Sauer, & Korpikoski.

    Like I said before, guys like Lundquist, Girardi, Hagelin Fast were “bones” thrown to frustrated scouts who threatened to leave Sather because either he or Clark didn’t like or think guys like Girardi, Lundquist, Hagelin,Fast were worth even a 6th or 7th round pick

    • Spozo says:

      What’s your reference for all these statements? Or are these all just flat out OPINIONS?

  8. Mark says:

    The first round picks have not been good enough. Agree that some of the other picks like Callahan etc have worked out and they count too..but the track record with 1st round picks is pretty average. Of course we did lose one player in Russia and we will never know how that would have turned out and we dont quite know about McIlrath yet (and we need some + signs soon about him).