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This morning sure was exciting, wasn’t it? There was a flurry of activity for the Rangers as they prepare for their west coast trip. The first, and the most troubling, is the news that Kevin Shattenkirk will have knee surgery for a torn meniscus, and will be out indefinitely. Justin noted the timetable for this is somewhere between 4-12 weeks.

In response, the Rangers recalled Tony DeAngelo from Hartford. They also recalled center Daniel Catenacci from Hartford. The last roster move was assigning Lias Andersson to Hartford, instead of returning him to Frolunda in the SHL. Lots of stuff, so let’s dive right into it.

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Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil are continuing to dominate on the world stage. I can go through everything they’ve done, but one tweet really sums it up:

For those keeping track, that’s Andersson who is tied for the lead in goals (4) and second in points (5). Chytil is actually one point behind (4) with two goals.

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The 2018 World Juniors are officially underway in Buffalo, and that means we get first hand looks at 2017 first rounders Lias Andersson (Sweden) and Filip Chytil (Czech Republic). Chytil contributed a goal and an assist in Czech’s surprising 5-4 win over Russia. Andersson notched two goals in Sweden’s 6-1 demolition of Belarus. He also had an assist, but it hasn’t hit the official game score. These tournaments are notoriously bad at keeping good stat sheets, so it’s unlikely he gets credit.

I didn’t watch the games in the middle of the day, the great Euro prospect extraordinaire Alex Nunn did, and he was kind enough to make some gifs. Here are some of the highlights.

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The Rangers have officially loaned Filip Chytil to the Czech Republic for the World Juniors. This was a foregone conclusion for a while, but this is the official announcement from the team. Chytil will likely be a big part of the Czech team.

Lias Andersson will also play in the tournament, likely serving as the captain for Sweden. It’s been a while since we’ve had two high profile players in the tournament. Should be a fun watch.

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I received a bunch of emails/questions about Lias Andersson, so I’m consolidating them all into one question/post.

Q: What’s going on with Lias Andersson? He’s struggling to score. Is he already a bust?

First things first, the kid is 18 years old. No one is already a bust at just 18 years old and barely half a year removed from his draft year. There’s no reason to worry about Andersson being a bust, and the Rangers wasting their 7th overall pick.

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Chytil: Please. Don’t. Rush.

Following the weekend just gone, there will no doubt be plenty of calls to bring Filip Chytil back to New York at the earliest opportunity. Healthy again, the need at center still obvious (moving JT Miller again is not the answer) and fresh off a two goal outburst on the weekend, Chytil’s play is demanding attention.

Chytil is off to a tremendous start in the AHL with 11 points in 9 games but he is exactly where he should be. He’s the focal point of the Wolfpack’s offense, playing important minutes and is now starting to get comfortable with the system and the pro game in North America. The Rangers should be able to make the playoffs without him and should allow him to grow in Hartford at least for the short term. With the team’s logjam on the blueline at all levels of the organisation the team should also be able to upgrade the center position without losing anything significant in return.

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Kevin Hayes will never be a Selke winner. We also know that chances are he’ll never be a top line franchise center. He’s somewhere in between. Hayes has however, proven to be a reliable middle six center who has a strong offensive skill set.

What we are starting to see from Hayes however is that he can be trusted to be used in a defensive role, even if it doesn’t play to his full strengths – at worst he’s not a liability in such a role. The key has to be usage, and not just for Hayes. The Rangers cannot use Hayes as a pure match-up center and the intention should surely be to have three centers who can be trusted at both ends of the ice.

Hayes is probably never going to be a 60+ point guy given the way he is being utilised however, providing Alain Vigneault can utilise his big center properly, Hayes can cause a re-think in the Rangers mid to long term strategy at center. (asterisk attached to this entire piece: can we trust AV to use him properly?).

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Time for the final addition of my prospect rankings this year. If you missed it, here are rankings 35-29rankings 28-21, and rankings 20-11. Without further ado:

10. Ryan Gropp, W – Ryan Gropp is a polarizing character on the Rangers prospect list. Don’t get me wrong, I like a lot of prospects more than I like Gropp, but given his physical traits and his quick release he may have a better chance at carving out an NHL career. It is hard for me to get excited about Gropp knowing the Rangers willingly passed on Daniel Sprong, Jeremy Bracco and Oliver Kylington and it is even worse when he hasn’t exactly made them look brilliant. While he is known to be a wonderful scorer with an NHL release, you would expect him to produce more as an overage guy in the WHL.

Unfortunately for the Rangers, he didn’t really get the offense going until halfway through the year when Islanders top prospect Matt Barzal returned to his pivot. His lack of offense was a major red flag, and coincidentally as it was becoming more profound we started getting prospect reports discussing Gropp’s drastically improved defensive play.

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After a long and arduous offseason, the Rangers finally kick things off on the 2017-2018 season on Monday against the Islanders.  There has obviously been a ton of coverage over the summer on the Blueshirts’ moves and non-moves, but as the season approaches, I have some thoughts… Read More→

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Corey Pronman, one of the best prospect gurus out there, has done his NHL rankings for top farm systems and top prospects. When it comes to where the Rangers rank compared to the rest of the league, Pronman is the go-to guy.

The Rangers right now are ranked 29th in the league, just ahead of Pittsburgh. Pronman made a very important caveat into his rankings, noting that he judges based on elite talent. In that regard, the Rangers rank around where we’d expect them to.

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