7th Annual New York Rangers Top 25 Under 25: A prologue

Today I will begin reviewing last year’s Top 25 Under 25 (Part 1, Part 2), and I’ve been spending a good amount of time on how I want to lay out this year’s post. Last year saw the likes of K’Andre Miller, Nils Lundkvist, and Vitali Kravtsov added, which helped add significant talent to the top-ten. However the depth was still relatively lacking.

This year is completely different. The Blueshirts have added a ton of players under 25, and there are players on the list last year that just won’t make it this year, and it won’t be because they aged out. It has nothing to do with how they developed either. It’s just there are so many prospects that have either high floors or high ceilings (or both). It’s crazy.

It has been a long time since I’ve been this excited about the future of the team. I think the last time I was this excited was around 2011 or 2012, when I saw how this team was trending. The Rangers are certainly trending up, and have a significant amount of elite skill that will be at the top of this year’s Top 25 Under 25.

I’m still figuring out how to structure this, but I may actually need to divide this into three posts instead of two. I might need a full post for honorable mentions, because I’m going to struggle to keep some players out.

Just a reminder, this list is different from top prospects, because there are a number of players currently on the NHL roster that are under 25 years of age. This list also measures not just current play, but also ceiling. I have an idea of where some players are going to fall, but outside of maybe the top ten, the rest is still up in the air for me.

This might be the most fun I have writing a Top 25 Under 25.

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  1. Dave, your enthusiasm is well founded, and I share it as well.
    By all accounts as far as prospects are concerned, the Rangers have gone from one of the bottom feeders to arguably one of the top three Organizations.
    Now let us hope that pool doesn’t become diluted by being forced to add “sweeteners” to any deal we make to become cap compliant.

  2. Thank you David for all your hard work. I always look forward to whatever you have to say on a daily basis.

  3. Let the good times roll, that’s what a number of us feel about the new kids, and the team’s future!!!!!!!

  4. Our prospects have more promise of helping the big club more than ever before. Not everyone will pan out nor will everyone get the chance here. I am hopefule that we can move a player or two off of our roster to make some salary headroom that doesn’t includee too many of our top prosects. This is truly a wait and see game.

    1. With Panarin, Kakko, and Kravstov arriving, at least one of our offensive prospects is available for a “sweetener”. Likewise, having Trouba and Rykov on board may make one of our D prospects useful in that respect, too.

      1. Joe.
        I understand what you are saying. However, as a result of years of trading away high draft picks and young talent for over the hill “stars”, our talent throughout the system was barron.
        If your goal is to challenge for the ultimate prize year after year and not be a ‘one-trick-pony’ you MUST have talent at all positions throughout your system. This isn’t table tennis (no offence to you pin pong fanatics), injuries will happen. Players will age. And you need a talent ladened pipeline to replace those aging players or injured players. Or even the ones that hit free agency and price themselves out of your budget.
        In my humble opinion, trades should only be made to make your team or your teams system stronger.
        Adding a sweetener just dilutes your talent pool. Other GM’s don’t want your marginal prospects. They have scouting departments too.

        JG and JD have a task ahead, and as I said before, I sure hope they have a plan…………. and I hope that plan doesn’t include giving up young talent to become cap compliant.

  5. I think they do have a plan, and it’s waiting on two players decisions. One kid on the last year of his contract. The other is looking towards arbitration. It is easier to trade popular players when they price themselves out.

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