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