Ryan Graves elected to AHL All Star Game

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.

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    • Graves is a defensive defenseman whereas Skjei is an offensive defenseman. Skjei will probably replace Yandle next year if the Rangers allow him to leave (or can’t re-sign him). Graves probably needs another year in Hartford and I hope he proves me wrong about that.

    • All-star game selections don’t necessarily tell you anything about who’s closer to making the NHL. Ryan Bourque was the lone Wolfpack All-Star last year, failed to make the Rangers this Fall, was exposed to waivers and wasn’t claimed, and essentially was beaten out by Oscar Lindberg, who wasn’t an all-star. Bourque may be nothing more than a very good career minor leaguer.

      And McIlrath wasn’t an AHL all-star last year and he’s on the big club.

      In addition, when it was necessary to recall a defenseman for a couple of games this season, Gorton, I’m sure on the recommendation of Gernander and Beukeboom, chose to bring up Skjei over Graves.

      So I wouldn’t put much stock into the All-Star selection giving Graves an edge here. Both Skjei and Graves are projected to have good upside, and either or both could be playing for the Rangers next season, depending on the makeup of the roster.

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