Jeff Gorton has been busy this week. After trading for and then signing defense prospect Adam Fox, who instantly became a top defense prospect for the club, they have signed their two top prospects today. Signing Vitali Kravtsov (1st, 2018) and Igor Shestyorkin (4th, 2014) were givens once their contracts were up, it is closure on their KHL careers and just the beginning of their NHL careers.
Kravtsov was a controversial pick at 9th overall last year when Oliver Wahlstrom was still on the board, but with each passing day the Rangers are looking very smart with this pick. Kravtsov has top line, elite level potential and there’s a solid chance he makes the club outright next season. Even if he doesn’t a short adjustment period in the AHL never hurt anyone.
Shestyorkin put up stellar numbers in the KHL, and is the heir apparent to Henrik Lundqvist when The King decides to hang em up. It is expected he will spend a year in the AHL, as the Rangers figure out what to do with Alex Georgiev.
Both have three-year ELCs, but details have not been released yet.