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.
The 2017 draft is just behind us, and there isn’t much to go on for both Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil. Chytil could be an elite talent, but at just 17 years old, he needs some more time to really make that call. As for Andersson, he projects to be a middle-six forward, and a good one at that.
Pronman did note that while the Rangers don’t have much elite talent, a product of trading so many 1st round picks, they have done will in grabbing unsigned free agents and constantly feeding the NHL roster with depth. In his rankings though, the unsigned free agents are already NHL players and the depth isn’t ranked as highly as elite talent.
As for the individual prospects, the Rangers had Lias Andersson at #47 among skaters. Pronman had some fine words for Andersson, and we will hopefully see a lot of him this season. Filip Chytil was an honorable mention.
Igor Shestyorkin was ranked the 5th highest goalie prospect in the game. He’s just phenomenal and the heir-apparent for the Rangers. Adam Huska was an honorable mention.