8th Annual NY Rangers Top 25 Under 25: Numbers 20-16

Today we continue with the 8th Annual NY Rangers Top 25 Under 25.  To recap, the ground rules for this list are simple: To qualify for this list, a player must be under 25 years old. It doesn’t matter if this player is in the NHL, AHL, or in any of the leagues around the world. If they are Ranger property and under 25, they were considered.

Reviewing who we’ve covered already:

Aged Out (1): Pavel Buchnevich
No longer with the Rangers (5): Sean DayJoey KeaneLias Andersson, Vinni Lettieri, Ville Meskanen
2020 RankingsHonorable mentions, 25-21
2019 Rankings: Honorable mentions, 25-2019-1514-1110-65-1

20. Tyler Wall – Goalie, 2016 6th round pick (LY: 25)

Goalies are voodoo, but Tyler Wall appears to be the clear #3 prospect in the system right now, behind Alex Georgiev and Igor Shesterkin. Wall had a great senior season at UMass-Lowell, and is now on the inside track for the starting job in Hartford. He will have to beat out Adam Huska. Again, goalies are voodoo, but Wall has the numbers to justify being ahead of Huska.

19. Braden Schneider – Defense, 2020 1st round pick (LY: NR)

Evaluating Braden Schneider is difficult for some because there were other players available at that point in the draft that people liked more. But Schneider himself is a solid pick and prospect. He’s an excellent skater, something needed in the NHL. He looks to be a true three zone player, but is at least a few years away. Schneider’s projections range based on what you read, but he should be able to move up this chart quickly.

18. Karl Henriksson – Forward, 2019 2nd round pick (LY: 19)

Karl Henriksson stays around the high-teens in this year’s ranking, but he has seen significant improvement. Henriksson is now a regular in the SHL, where he was a brief call up last season. He’s centering the top line with Joel Lundqvist. He took the next step in his development, which is what you need to see. He’s shown he can produce without Lucas Raymond, which was a concern. A lot of eyes will be on Henriksson this season.

17. Alex Georgiev – Goalie, undrafted free agent (LY: 11)

Alex Georgiev dropped six spots this year by no fault of his own. That’s a common theme this year. There were only two rankings that I thought would bring criticism, Brendan Lemieux at 22 and this Georgiev ranking. Georgiev is the #2 goalie on the list, but is #17 overall. He’s the Plan B in case Igor Shesterkin fizzles out. Calm in net, his movements are fluid and smooth. He’s not perfect, but Benoit Allaire is a wizard. There’s a reason why the organization wanted to keep him around.

16. Ryan Lindgren – Defense, trade with Boston (LY: Honorable Mention)

What a surprise Ryan Lindgren has been. Initially an after thought because of skating and limited offensive upside, Lindgren was a pleasant surprise as a midseason call up last season. Lindgren’s skating improved significantly, and his offensive instincts with it. He’s not going to light up the score sheet, but he’s not going to be a liability with the puck. He’s able to make that first pass and deliver a big hit. Lindgren represents the biggest jump in the rankings for all prospects.

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  • There are 15 Rangers ahead of Ryan Lindgren? Really? Even without the under 25 proviso I don’t believe that. I put him ahead of three of the top five from last year.

    I am guessing that you are putting Reuanen, Jones, Robertson ahead of Lindgren. Lindgren is possibly already the best defenseman the Rangers have. And you are putting him behind prospects who were not even first round draft choices.

    You know when the Florida Panthers last made the playoffs – the year before they signed the ridiculous Keith Yandle. Puck movement is nice, but defense in the NHL is about playing defense and Lindgren is en route to be as good as anyone in the game at that aspect.

    Schneider also likely rates ahead of that trio simply as the default position of a new first rounder.

    • Agreed with your basic premise, though not about him being the unqualified best defenseman the Rangers have. What I think he does already do is enable Fox to be the best defenseman the Rangers have. Might work for Trouba too if switched.

    • The endless love for Reunanen is farcical. It’s his D+4 year and is playing in Mestis. I’m pretty comfortable in saying that not only will he never suit up for the Rangers, he will never suit up for Hartford.

      • Meanwhile, Calle Sjalin is 1st pair D for Leksands at the same stage in his last year of control. I don’t think he’ll ever be an NHLer, but he’s more advanced than Reunanen.

    • Corey Pronman just released prospect rankings:
      1. Alexis Lafreniere, LW
      2. Kaapo Kakko, RW
      3. Adam Fox, D
      4. Filip Chytil, C
      5. Nils Lundkvist, D
      6. Vitaly Kravtsov, RW
      7. Brett Howden, C
      8. Julien Gauthier, RW
      9. Braden Schneider, D
      10. K’Andre Miller, D
      11. Matthew Robertson, D
      12. Morgan Barron, C
      13. Will Cuylle, LW
      14. Zac Jones, D
      15. Ryan Lindgren, D
      16. Dylan Garand, G

      Note that Tarmo Reunanen is nowhere to be found.

  • A lot of fans and hockey “experts” place a premium on puck moving dmen…unless your Tony D, of course.

    I never considered Lindgren an afterthought and this was by far the best deal Gorton made in 2018.

    for every D’Angelo and Fox you need a Lindgren and Schneider.

    It took the Rangers 20 years to figure it out…but it finally seems like they have.

  • Lindgren has always been a good skater. It was a strentgh of his in his draft year. His issue was offensive upside and transition passing. Both have and continue to improve. He is a keeper and a lock as a fringe first pair but mainly 2nd pair dman.

  • I think this is an outrage you are taking kids with potential have they shown they have talent yes in minor leagues not in the NHL and you’re going to tell me that they should be a higher rank then lingering are you nuts??? This kid has come in as a virtual unknown and has stood up to NHL caliber players from first line players to fourth line players and done more than a credible job human Adam were on top hearing what you have to do is go back and look this kid doesn’t back up from anybody and he’s there for his teammates I take a whole team full of kids like him how do you put some of these other kids I had him I don’t get it in my mind you just made this whole thing not credible you should be ashamed if you’re a Ranger fan!!!

    • Sorry I voice texted this Lindgren is who I meant I think you all know that it just pisses me off this kid that works so hard is not getting the credit he deserves at least not in that story, in my mind he’s like a smaller Dan Girardi who I loved he’ll do anything He hast to do to help us win

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