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The other day, I went through the bottom half of the 2016 New York Rangers 2016 Top 25 Under 25. There wasn’t much turnover, with just three new faces. However there were some big movers up the list, as big years from a few kids led to some shakeup in the bottom half.

Now it’s time to go through the top half of the list. Let’s remember that there are a good number of players on the NHL roster that are under 25 years old, so the top half of this list is mostly populated with them. There was a shift in the rankings for some of these kids though, as we’ve learned what each one is capable of in the lineup. Plus, the Rangers added some first round picks for the first time in ages.

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Gettinger (Photo: Adam Bell, OHL)

Over the past three years, I’ve gone through the Rangers organization and ranked the top 25 players under the age of 25 years old (201320142015 part one2015 part two 2016 part one, 2016 part two). The ground rules for this list are simple: To qualify for this list, a player must be under 25 years old. It doesn’t matter if this player is in the NHL, AHL, or in any of the leagues around the world. If they are Ranger property and under 25, they were considered.

First, let’s go through the players from last year’s list that no longer qualify and honorable mentions who missed the cut:

Aged out: Kevin Hayes, Jesper Fast
No longer with the organization:
Oscar Lindberg, Dylan McIlrath, Mackenzie Skapski, Nicklas Jensen, Brad Morrison
Honorable mentions: Steven Fogarty (LY: 25)

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Gettinger (Photo: Adam Bell, OHL)

Rangers prospects Sean Day and Tim Gettinger have survived the first round of cuts for Team USA at the World Junior Summer Showcase. Along with Lias Andersson (Sweden), the Rangers have three prospects competing this summer.

Day has been a hot topic lately, as the club has a choice to send him to Hartford this year instead of spending one more year in the OHL. The 19-year-old lefty has exceptional talent, and the Rangers stole him in the third round.

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lias andersson

With the Rangers retooling at defense and making blockbuster trades at forward, much of the attention has been spent on figuring out how the club will round out the roster via trade. One area that seems to be lacking in conversation is the kids that might fill out the roster. From first round picks to trade acquisitions to kids on the cusp, the Rangers have a bunch of options at all positions to try to fill out a potential Cup winning roster.

Lias Andersson

Starting with the obvious, it appears that Andersson will be given every chance to succeed in New York next year. He’s already succeeded in Sweden’s top league, and by all accounts he might actually be NHL ready as an 18-year-old. He projects to be a middle-six forward, which is exactly where the Rangers need help. I don’t think that’s a coincidence.

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Jul
27

Filip Chytil is……pretty good

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The Rangers swung for the fences when they drafted Filip Chytil at #21 overall this year. He’s just 17 years old and has already had success in the Czech leagues. But now that he’s playing in games that are being streamed, we are starting to see a bunch of gifs about his play.

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steven fogarty

We are officially in the dog days of summer. As Rangers’ fans, we have nothing to talk about except how we differ by $250K on Mika Zibanejad’s future contract, so a good use of time would seem to be ranking the Rangers’ prospect pool. A little bit of a forward though, I will not be considering Anthony Deangelo or Pavel Buchnevich in the prospect pool as they are no longer ‘rookies’. But I will probably talk about them when we get to the top of the rankings. There is a lot that we can talk about for each prospect and while some seem to be on the verge of striking out as NHL guys, they may still have value to the organization by being good depth AHLers.

35. Adam Chapie (RW, 26, 6’1, 185 lbs)

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lias andersson

It’s mid-July, which in the hockey world means any news is good news. These past two days’ news, also happens to be actual, real, good news to boot: the Rangers signed both of their 2017 first round picks, Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil to 3-year entry level contracts.

This bodes well for a few reasons; at the very least it means that the two of them will be coming to North America eventually but I’d propose that there’s reason for further optimism here too. The Rangers’ “rebuild on the fly” may wind up bearing fruits earlier than expected.

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Jun
25

New York Rangers 2017 Draft Recap

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lias andersson

The 2017 NHL Draft has come and gone, with the Rangers making seven picks. They picked just one North American player, with the rest coming from the various European leagues. That’s a bit of a deviation from prior drafts, and likely has to do with the lack of North American talent in this draft. The Rangers also went heavy with the over-agers (20+ year olds), another deviation from the norm. But if there’s one person who has earned the trust of the fans, it’s Gordie Clark. So let’s recap.

First Round (#7) Lias Andersson

Lias Andersson is a really interesting pick. At one end of the spectrum it may be upsetting because he likely doesn’t have that really high potential that we may have wanted after trading Derek Stepan, but he is the kind of player that I think everyone who loves hockey will love him on the Rangers. He does everything well and is known as a super intelligent 200 foot player with a quick release on his shot.

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Jun
24

Rangers take Patrik Virta with pick #207

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Patrik Virta

The Rangers have taken yet another over-ager at pick #207, taking center Patrik Virta. The 5’10”, 175 lb center put up 14-12-26 in the Finnish Elite League (SM-Liga) last season. He put up 5-1-6 in 6 playoff games as well. It’s worth noting that 26 points is a lot in Finland. It’s a notoriously low scoring league, like Sweden.

I don’t know much else about him. Josh tweeted that he drives puck possession. I’ll defer to him in tomorrow’s post. Lots of Euros.

That’s it for the draft. Looks like the scouting staff didn’t like many North Americans.

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morgan barron

The Rangers have selected forward Morgan Barron at pick #174. Baron played five games in the USHL last year (Sioux City Muskateers) as an 18 year old last season, recording no points. He did spend most of his time with St. Andrew’s College this year, though. His line last season was 28-22-50 in 48 games while serving as team captain.

Barron is a big kid and a good skater, but is a project pick. The 6’2, 200 lb forward is a Cornell commit, so he is at least 3-4 years away from turning pro. It’s good to see he’s going to Cornell, means he has a head on his shoulders.

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