Archive for Ryan Graves
There aren’t many bright spots on the blue line for the Rangers this year, nor are there NHL ready prospects in the system that can offer much of an improvement without significant development cost. The only prospect that is really worth mentioning in terms of being ready for the NHL is Ryan Graves.
Graves, by most accounts, is having a solid year in Hartford. Playing on the top pair and in all situations, Graves has a line of 5-14-19 in 42 games. That leaves him two points shy of last year’s full season totals. The 6’4″, 220 lb left handed defenseman is a smooth skater and puck mover, and has been defensively sound and one of the few bright spots on a pretty bad Hartford Wolf Pack team.
Last week, I went through the bottom half of the New York Rangers 2016 Top 25 Under 25. The bottom half had a lot of turnover, as the 2016 draft was an early success for the Rangers that warranted some shifting in the rankings. Couple that with four players who were ranked last year that are no longer with the organization, and you have a refreshed system that is something to get excited about.
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.
Rangers prospect Ryan Graves has been elected to the AHL All Star Game, the lone representative from the Hartford Wolf Pack. Graves, in his rookie season with the Pack, has a line of 3-11-14 in 34 games with the Pack. The 6’4″, 220-lb defenseman was selected in the 4th round of the 2013 NHL Draft, and has made excellent strides the past few seasons.
Brady Skjei did not make the All Star team, but has the same number of points (2-12-14) in fewer games.
Last week, I went through the bottom half of the third annual Top 25 Under 25 for the New York Rangers. The bottom half of the list is fairly interesting, because it had some players fall off the list completely, and players like Ryan Bourque, Cristival “Boo” Nieves, and Steven Fogarty fall significantly. This has a lot to do with the recent influx of talented prospects from the 2015 draft.
Remember though, there are a good number of players under 25 years of age that are on the NHL roster, and naturally that puts them ahead of a lot of players that still qualify as prospects. So let’s round out the top-12 players in the Top 25 Under 25 for the Rangers.
12. Adam Tambellini – Forward, 2013 3rd round (LY: 16)
The Rangers have announced that they have signed prospect Ryan Graves (2013 – 4th round) to an entry level contract. The 6’4″, 220 lb defenseman has a line of 5-17-22 in 65 games in the QMJHL, split between the Charlottetown Islanders and the Val d’Or Foreurs. Graves has made major strides this season, which is what the Rangers look for when signing their draft picks.