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Musings: Are the Rangers prospects underrated?

Quietly having a strong season: Brian Boyle

Quietly having a strong season: Brian Boyle

A strong, prolonged period of results was slightly tarnished with the sloppy, unnecessary loss to the Devils earlier this week. Sloppy goals, defensive lapses and a lack of finish had many reminding us of the early season edition of the Rangers. With games against the Canadiens and Kings on the weekend it’s a big couple of days for the Rangers. On to the musings

Generally speaking, the Rangers have played well in recent games and this has highlighted the contributions from the youth on the roster such as Chris Kreider. With the Wolf Packing doing pretty well too, it makes the Rangers prospect ranking of 27th on Hockey’s Future (if you buy into that kind of thing) pretty farcical.

Danny Kristo, JT Miller, Jesper Fast, Kreider (still not classed as ‘graduated’), Dylan McIlrath, Oscar Lindberg and ‘Boo’ Nieves highlight a pretty talented pool if you ask me. There’s a ton of NHL upside in the Rangers system and the best part is none of it needs to be rushed. The only area of real concern (in my humble opinion) is in goal.

The injury to Steven Stamkos is a massive loss to the Lightning. It will be interesting to see if they can respond as well as the Rangers did when losing Rick Nash. Nash’s absence, by and large has been managed well by the Rangers who will be much stronger for being able to deal with the absence of their best forward.

I may be in the minority but I feel I have seen an improvement in Michael Del Zotto after his horrid start to the season. That said, he’ll need to do much more for the remainder of the year to justify management keeping him on the Rangers. If Conor Allen develops well and Dylan McIlrath (albeit a vastly different type of player) develop this season, next year there could be a big decision looming for management. Does MDZ become a moveable asset?

Taylor Pyatt: 16 games, 1 assist, -8, 20 shots, 13+ minutes per game. Injury or no injury, Pyatt is lucky that there are still a handful of forwards on shakier ground than he is.

JT Miller is really becoming a dilemma. On the one hand, the NHL is the best learning ground of all. On the other, his lack of ice time is a growing concern. He is really inconsistent, not from game to game but from shift to shift.

I’m surprised John Moore’s improving play hasn’t turned into more points than his current total of two. I think he’s gotten much better as the season has progressed. Good decision making, better positionally.

The best Ranger no one talks about: Brian Boyle. He’ll never score 20 goals again but he’s doing his role very well. Many (myself included) thought he was in danger of losing his spot in preseason but he’s been consistent and was possibly the best Ranger forward – Brad Richards aside – during the horrible start to the season. Quietly he’s on pace for close to 30 points.

Closing thought for the day: Given the Norris trophy calibre play of Ryan McDonagh, the presence of Marc Staal and Del Zotto, Moore and Stralman all in the mix, if a package involving Dan Girardi could net an impact (offensive) rental at the deadline, would you do it?

Question Time

  • Who will finish the Ranger’s top goal scorer?
  • Will the Rangers have any award nominees coming regular season end?
  • More points: Stepan or Richards?
  • Who should be next in line from Hartford?
  • Early draft talk: Assuming a mid-20’s 1st round pick; what is your early instinct to do with the first rounder?

14 Responses to “Musings: Are the Rangers prospects underrated?”

  1. The Suit says:

    If a package involving Dan Girardi could net an impact (offensive) rental at the deadline, would you do it? No, unless an elite RH defender is coming the other way.

    Who will finish the Ranger’s top goal scorer? Cally

    Will the Rangers have any award nominees coming regular season end? Probably not.

    More points: Stepan or Richards?
    Stepan

    Who should be next in line from Hartford? Would like to get a look at McIlrath

    Early draft talk: Assuming a mid-20’s 1st round pick; what is your early instinct to do with the first rounder? Take best player available, always.

    • Chris says:

      You’re insistent that they wont consider moving Girardi? There’s no reason they won’t add another righty elsewhere.

      • Pete says:

        They should consider it, as with any trade that makes a team better, but it does create an interesting hole to fill doesn’t it?

  2. Pete says:

    Miller needs playing time, 5 minutes a night seems really counter-productive with where his game is at right now. Send him down to AHL, let him play top top-6 minutes and round out his game, you can tell he just needs to play. Besides, no need to rush him at 20 years old a season in the AHL could do wonders for him.

    Goals – Nash
    Awards – McMonster (norris)
    Points – Stepan (unless Richards figures out how to play with Nash)
    Hartford – Kristo? (but I hope its Dylan)
    Draft – take the best player available?

  3. Walt says:

    On deal with Girardi, yes, depending what we get in return!

    Top goals for team-Step with if current line is together, he’ll get plenty of chances.

    Only possibly is McD for the Norris, Hank will not be listed at all this year for Vezina.

    Most points, again Step.

    Next in line, depends on need-offense either Kristo, or Lindberg. If defense is needed MeIlrath.

    Draft-scoring power forward. We need some size, scoring touch, and grit!! Wishful thinking!

  4. Rangers Fan in Boston says:

    The Rangers will have the 30th pick in the 2014 draft.

  5. Hatrick Swayze says:

    Most Goals: Want to say Nash, but I agree with Suit… Callahan
    Award Nominees: Kreider in Calder discussions is our best shot
    More Points: Stepan
    Hartford Callup: Connor Allen
    As always: Best available

  6. Centerman21 says:

    -Nash will still end up leading the team in Goals. As long as he has no lasting effects from the concussion.
    -Could be an award nominee for Calder-Vezina-and Norris trophy on this team.
    -Stepan will end up leading in points. Richards has been shooting more. That could change with Nash coming back.
    -Lindberg has played pro hockey for years now and had his cup in Hartford.
    -The Rangers need to develop a goalie to take the throne from Hank some day. We don’t know Talbot can play 50-60 games and be effective. Just my opinion.

  7. Dave says:

    I wouldn’t trade Girardi yet. Need a RH defender.

  8. John says:

    Trade Girardi? unequivocal NO!

    Who will finish the Ranger’s top goal scorer?
    —Nash
    Will the Rangers have any award nominees coming regular season end?
    —Vezina-Lundqvist (A perennial!, how quickly they bail!)
    More points: Stepan or Richards?
    —Stepan
    Who should be next in line from Hartford?
    —Kristo
    Early draft talk: Assuming a mid-20’s 1st round pick; what is your early instinct to do with the first rounder?
    —I like RFiB’s answer, hoping for a round 30 pick!

  9. Cole says:

    Who will finish the Ranger’s top goal scorer?
    Rick Nash
    Will the Rangers have any award nominees coming regular season end?
    Chris Kreider (Calder) Hank (Vezina) and possibly a McD (Norris)
    More points: Stepan or Richards?
    Stepan
    Who should be next in line from Hartford?
    On the offensive end Kristo, if a defensive injury forces a call up I’d like to see Allen. Thought he looked great during the preseason.
    Early draft talk: Assuming a mid-20’s 1st round pick; what is your early instinct to do with the first rounder?
    If it were me, I would take a look at goaltending but if there is no goaltender deserving of being take that high, I would take a defenseman.

  10. Mark says:

    Goals – Nash but it will be close with the Captain
    Awards – None. Other than goalie we rarely win awards, especially at offensive positions. If we do win one it would be Kreider. McD might get nominated.
    Points – Stepan
    Hartford – We all (i think) hope it is Dylan but it wont be. Going with Kristo
    Draft – take the best player available but i lean toward big forward or goal scorer.

  11. bernmeister says:

    We DO have some good prospects on the farm but to compete w/Kings and Black Hawks, need more total and quality talent.

    Kill 2 birds w/1stone, get best bang for buck:
    Girardi + MDZ + 2 Ranger 2nds
    for
    Gardener + 2 Maple Leaf 1sts

    Promote McIlrath

    Also, lines:

    super speed lines:
    Kreider – Miller – Callahan
    Hagelin – Lindberg Fast

    trade Stepan IF you get premium return for him, him+. (Like Seth Jones)