Balancing a prospects best interests against team results

With the Rangers facing the reality of opening the year without Ryan Callahan for at least a game and Carl Hagelin for much longer – without even considering the lack of practice time for Derek Stepan – would the Rangers be best prepared leaning on the veterans to begin the year? With Jesper Fast and JT Miller tentatively penciled in…

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Rangers announce final cuts

The Rangers announced their final roster cuts this morning, assigning Chris Kreider, Oscar Lindberg, Marek Hrivik, Darroll Powe, Brandon Mashinter, Stu Bickel and Conor Allen to the Hartford Wolfpack.  Powe, Mashinter and Bickel must all clear waivers. The following players made the opening night roster: Forwards: Arron Asham, Brian Boyle, Derick Brassard, Ryan Callahan, Derek Dorsett, Jesper Fast, Carl Hagelin,…

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Best case/worst case scenarios for Ranger forwards in 2013

Arron Asham Best case: Asham continues to provide comedic relief on Twitter and plays in a handful of games with the Blueshirts. Worst case: New York is unable to find a taker for Asham on waivers and he spends the final year of his contract in Hartford. Benoit Pouliot Best case: The former fourth-overall pick puts it all together as…

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Is Marek Hrivik the prospect most likely to make the team?

The battle for forward positions has been the talk of training camp thus far, and several of New York’s youngsters have made strong cases to be on the opening night roster.  Chris Kreider, Oscar Lindberg, Jesper Fast, Danny Kristo and Marek Hrivik have all impressed, while 2011 first-round pick J.T. Miller hasn’t gotten the opportunity due to injuries.  With Carl…

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Five prospects to watch in camp

With the first round of cuts made, the attention now turns to trimming the roster down even further from those who will either serve as AHL call ups or rookies who might get their first cuppas this season. With news that Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin might miss the season opener, the Rangers are going to be looking for two…

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Reasonable Expectations: Jesper Fast

The Rangers stand to have a number of prospects vying for NHL spots in the upcoming preseason, but worst case scenario they will have a number of younger players playing prominent roles in the AHL in Hartford. One of the harder players to gauge is Jesper Fast. Exceptionally quick, and fresh off a strong SEL campaign, Fast has been playing…

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Taking stock of what’s coming down the prospect pipeline

The 2013 draft is now in the books and the Rangers have added five more youngsters to their prospect system.  Let’s take a look at where all the prospects stand heading into the offseason. On the cusp Chris Kreider After bursting onto the scene during the 2012 playoffs, Kreider struggled out of the gate with the CT Whale to start…

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It’s more likely that the Rangers will sign stopgap UFA forwards than big names

Every year as free agency approaches Ranger fans spend most of their time talking about the big fish, the top five or so guys available.  We’ve kind of been trained to do that thanks to the free-spending ways of GM Glen Sather, but it’s also only natural to think about the impact that recognizable players might be able to make…

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Quick Swedish development would aid the Rangers

With this summer’s free agent market perhaps the weakest in recent memory, and with the Rangers having multiple holes to fill, nothing would please the organization more than a prospect (or two) stepping up and forcing their way onto the 2013-14 roster. With the Rangers needing more of everything – scoring, depth, size, physical presence, face off ability, special teams…

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Rangers assign Jesper Fast to the CT Whale

After practicing with the Rangers yesterday, 21-year-old prospect Jesper Fast has been assigned to the CT Whale.  The 2010 sixth-round pick is eligible to play in both the AHL and NHL, but Fast is required to return to Sweden for the World Championships on April 15th, so it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for him to join the…

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