World Juniors Update: Three of four Rangers prospects advance to Semis

Three of four Rangers prospects advanced to the semi-finals of the 2019 World Junior Championship.

K’Andre Miller and Team USA beat the Czechs 3-1. Miller was held off the scoresheet in this one, and has one assist in the four contests to date.

Vitali Kravtsov and Russia cruised 8-3 over Slovakia, with Kravtsov notching an assist. He has a line of 2-4-6 in 5 games thus far.

Nico Gross and Switzerland stunned Nils Lundkvist and Sweden 2-0 in one of two huge upsets in the bottom half of the bracket. Both players were held off the scoresheet. Gross has one assist in five contests thus far. Lundkvist ends his tournament with a goal and an assist in five games.

Miller and Kravtsov will face each other in the semis, and it is widely believed that the winner of that game will take gold. That game will be tomorrow at 1pm EST. Gross and Switzerland will take on Finland, who stunned Canada in OT, later that day at 5pm EST.

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  • Jan 3, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Thanks for the summary!

    I would trade #76 and bring Miller up next year, lol.

    cheers, LGR!!!

  • Jan 3, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    These guys all look 2 years away. What a terrible 2019/20 season we are gonna have.

  • Jan 3, 2019 at 1:50 pm

    Kravtsov had a great first half of the first game of the tournament registering the first goal for Russia and an assist on the second while creating several other offensive chances against Denmark and has been solid (but unspectacular) since.

    The US plays Russia tomorrow at 4:00 PM (NHL Network) for the opportunity to play for Gold. The loser will likely Bronze because either should beat the Swiss while the US has already beaten Finland on New Year’s Eve fairly convincingly 4-1.

  • Jan 3, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    Watched lastnites game, wasnt to impressed with Miller at all. at least 2 years away.

    • Jan 5, 2019 at 6:45 pm

      Miller had a so-so game, agreed, but remember the kid is a converted defenseman, just a couple of years ago. He is leading the NCAA Badgers and beat out players to land a spot on Team USA – plus, I don’t expect to see him in a Ranger uniform for another 3-4 years, anyway.

  • Jan 3, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    I really think the development of Kravtsov is going to be crucial in the Rangers development. If he turns out to be a stud top 6 winger (ceiling 25-30 goals) then the Rangers can be something in the next 2-3 years. If not, at best they’ll be held back from contention another year. I don’t think the other 2 kids they drafted last summer will be top 6 forwards or top pair Dmen.

    ?Mr Shapiro—-On a side note, I was wondering if you guys could do your own mid season mock draft. Maybe give a breakdown of the top 30 prospects. At least the North American kids and who you think would be good targets for the Rangers. Let’s Assume Gorton won’t have the top pick and the kid is not a realistic target for Gorton I like Raphaël Lavoie. He’s 6’4” and about 200lbs as a 17 year old. He’s also a solid 2-way forward with a righty stick. Many have him in or on the cusp of the top 10. I think he should be in the top 5 at the very least. In any event Raphaël Lavoie will probably be available for Gorton to grab at picks 6 – 10.

  • Jan 3, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    Thoughts so far: miller needs 2 years at least (which is pretty normal)

    Kravtsov while his stat line is solid , his game needs filling out or he will be in the Quinn bin a lot next year. I think he can benefit from a few ahl games this year.

    • Jan 3, 2019 at 3:43 pm

      Kravtsov is in the final year of his KHL contract. Larry Brooks published an article on July 9 where it was stated his KHL club would file a grievance if he attempted to buy his way out of the deal. From his column:

      “Sources report that the KHL was prepared to file a grievance if Kravtsov had attempted to buy his way out of this second year of his entry-level deal with Traktor Chelyabinsk. The arbitration hearing process might have taken months, during which time the first-rounder would not have been able to play on either side of the Atlantic.”

  • Jan 3, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    no AHL game this year or he will need to be protected in the expansion draft

  • Jan 3, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Nils Lundkvist in the NHL next season. Watched him in the tournament, he’s only 18 but is very impressive

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