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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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Dominik Lakatos

The Rangers have taken 20 year old center Dominik Lakatos with their 157th overall pick. Lakatos plays in the Czech league, so the Rangers went with another Euro player. The 6′, 178 lb center put up 10-12-22 in the Czech league this year, earning rookie of the year honors.

I don’t know much about him, but I am a bit concerned by his age. I’m not a big fan of drafting 20 year olds when the draft age is usually 18 years old. But I trust Gordie Clark. That makes four Euros so far.

For what it’s worth, a lot of scouts/prospect guys like this pick.

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calle sjalin

The Rangers have taken defenseman Calle Sjalin at pick #145. Sjalin is another 17 year old taken from Europe, playing just a pair of games this year in Sweden’s third tier league. The 6’1, 179 lb defenseman (lefty) was actually one of the top ranked Swedish defensemen a year ago, but missed an entire year made him fall off the radar.

He’s another young guy and a project pick, but he also appears to have a high ceiling. Since he was rated so high just last year, there’s a chance he had top-two round skill and just fell because of his injury.

Other than that, there’s not much on Sjalin. Josh will have a more detailed post tomorrow.

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brandon crawley

The Rangers have taken defenseman Brandon Crawley at pick #123 in the fourth round. The Rangers originally had pick #102, but traded it to San Jose to move back. Crawley is an American defenseman from New Jersey, so he has the local factor. At 6’2″ and 203 lbs, he’s a big kid as well. He put up 7-20-27 on the London Knights this year as a 20 year old.

Crawley is an over-ager, so there’s a chance he can go right to the AHL this year. He’s more of a defense first guy, so don’t expect huge numbers from him in the AHL. He’s a solid skater and good positionally, so he’s not your prototypical banger/shot blocker.

He played well with London, but as a 20 year old you want to see him dominate kids smaller than him. We will see what the Rangers do with him as an over-ager.

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Yesterday sure was exciting. First the Derek Stepan/Antti Raanta trade, then the rumors of trying to move up to #3, then two first round picks.

Today should be quieter. The Rangers don’t have a pick until the fourth round, with 4 picks total (rounds 4-7). Discuss and follow here.

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Jun
24

Time to Panic? Not Quite

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anthony deangelo

Let’s all take a deep breath. It’s been a big day for the New York Rangers, who traded away a core member of the team in Derek Stepan and their backup goalie Antti Raanta (who could very well be starter material – you can check out my piece on him over at NHLNumbers here) in exchange for Anthony DeAngelo and the 7th overall pick. With that pick they selected Lias Andersson, and later at 21 they took Filip Chytil, both of whom are could play either LW or center according to their profiles at Elite Prospects. There’s still a lot left to this offseason, so it’s not quite time for panic, but there’s a reasonable case to be made that there’s cause for concern.

Let’s start by stating the obvious – the Rangers are a win-now team, because Henrik Lundqvist isn’t getting any younger. Given yesterday’s events, and the loss of Oscar Lindberg to the Vegas Golden Knights, the roster still needs some filling out. As it stands right now, we’re down two centers from where we were at the beginning of this season, when our depth down the middle was one of our obvious strengths. Our defensive group is still a work in progress, and it remains to be seen whether or not we’ll end up signing the coveted Kevin Shattenkirk in free agency. The opening night roster is not quite ready yet.

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