Pronman: Rangers prospects ranked #28

August 14, 2014, by

Per Corey Pronman (subs. req’d), the Rangers are at the bottom of the NHL in prospect depth, ranking 28th out of 30 NHL clubs. The reason is that, based on Pronman’s criteria, both Chris Kreider and J.T. Miller are considered graduates and no longer count as prospects. The lack of first round picks and the slow development –due to injury– of Dylan McIlrath also factored into this ranking.

The low ranking shouldn’t be a surprise, as Pavel Buchnevich was the only prospect to crack Pronman’s Top-100 list earlier this week.

Categories : Prospects


  1. Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

    Any ranking done by ESPN on the NHL is likely copied from full time prospect sites. ESPN’s NHL coverage is a joke. The Rangers prospect pool isn’t 28th in the NHL. They have some young kids that haven’t gained notoriety just yet and their best prospects have made the NHL. ESPN should just drop their hockey exposure all together.

    • Seahorse says:

      whos are they better than. by your own statement their best prospects made the nhl, therefore they wouldn’t count. being towards the bottom isn’t bad. Top 5 are buffalo, tampa, islanders, nashville and florida.

    • Dave says:

      Uh, this was done by Corey Pronman, who is one of the best prospect writers out there. He writes for Hockey Prospectus as well.

      Don’t discount the article because it came from ESPN. Pronman is one of the best out there.

  2. Chris Kreider says:

    See I told you I wasn’t a draft bust

  3. TxRanger says:

    I thought it was pretty widely know that we didn’t have a highly-esteemed prospect pool. Wasn’t there a similar rankings done for last year and we were right at the bottom as well?

  4. Leatherneckinlv says:

    Speaking of prospects I hope the Rangers can sign this kid. 2 days and a wake up before he becomes a free agent

    • John says:

      I’d be interested in Hayes as well, but where would he slot in this year? One of the big reasons he doesn’t want to sign in Chicago is he probably won’t crack the lineup. I wouldn’t want to see him on the fourth line

  5. WilliamW says:

    Not an issue given limited top tier prospects in the system. Only Buchnevich, Duclair and Skeij project to be top 6F/4D which this ranking is focused on

    Swedes are bottom six depth players, McIlrath is like a 3RD if anything, goalies are a crapshoot and the rest are unlikely make it to the big leagues.

    McD, Stepan, Kreider, Staal, Miller, Hagelin, Brassard, Zuc. That’s the young veteran core that will support this team for the next five years while Hank, Nash, St Louis provide veteran star power and Girardi takes fan criticism as a key player with too big a contract

    • FrankCerbone says:

      Staal, Hagelin,Zuccarelo, & Talbot may all be gone next year, so that “CORE” could be getting a lot smaller.

  6. Frank Cerbone says:

    I have not been a fan of either Gordie Clark since he was brought on by Sather in 2002 or even Sather for that matter in drafting talent. Sather was dumped by Edmonton, because over the ;ast 10 years only Arnott & Beukeboom had made it as 1st rd picks.

    For me, it all started with that program on MSG showing how the Rangers and Maloney were preparing for the 2003 draft. Maloney’s favorite was Parise and talked of him often in each episode. When the Hockey News came out with its annual top 50 prospects for the NHL Draft, a guy named Jessiman was on the list. The Hockey News said only one NHL scout liked Jessiman (Gordie Clark), and the THN accurately predicted Jessiman was most likely to be a bust.

    Over the years I have been critical of Sather/Clark’s performance in picking 1st rd talent. Crister Rockstrom, our Swedish scout, discovered Lundquist, Hageli, & Fasth with late rd picks. Clark didn’t like Lundquist & sent other scouts to check on his potential.

    Over the last year, theHockey New & Sporting News have all come out & said the Ranger prospect pool is near the bottom of the league and Corey Pronman has joined the Ranks. Actually, there was an article tracking #1& #2 picks 2001-2010
    and Rangers were near the bottom. That article, which I will look for also tracted 3-7rd picks 2001-2010 & Rangers were in the bottom half of the league in success.

    Whatever success Sather has had is that Dolan has given him an unlimited money supply, and the NHL has allowed buyouts to get Sather out of bad contracts Sather is so good at signing

    • neal amsel says:

      Rangers media guide says Clark became director of player personnel in 2007. I do not know how much input he had in 2002.

      • Frank Cerbone says:

        Neal Amsel

        Clark, with Boston roots, was a special signing for Sather. Sather. a former Boston guy didn’t like hometown boy Maloney.

        Clark was the ONLY NHL scout that considered Jessiman a 1st rd talent.

        MSG had a series on MSG following the 2003 NHL draft. Once a week you got an idea of who Rangers were targeting/working out. Maloney
        presided over each episode & it was no secret Parise was his favorite, BY FAR.

        On the nite of the draft, Clark was sitting alongside Sather & Maloney on the other side of the table. Maloney saw the handwriting on the wall.

        Clark’s mistakes with #1 picks are legendary, and has been booed at almost every draft.

        #1 & #2 pick goalies Montoya & Lacroix were universally panned as soon as they were announced at each draft.


  7. Frank Cerbone says:

    Read “Drafting Success 2001-2010” by
    SB Nation/Canes Country 6/12/13 written by Pack Pride for NHL team success in drafting rds 1-7.


  8. Bloomer says:

    Trading away your first and second round picks will eventually catch up with a hockey organization. I didn’t see any Ranger picks in this years’ draft that create optimism for the teams’ future. However, if they could somehow sign Kevin Hayes, that would give them a lot more depth in the center position.