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Readdressing The New York Rangers Rebuild

The Rangers are in the first full year technically of their rebuild. Although some could say that they were rebuilding last season in the months of November, they were not officially in a “rebuild” phase at that point. The Rangers went into the 2017-18 season with expectations to make the playoffs and around the 2018 NHL trade deadline is officially when the Rangers went into full rebuild mode.

It has been exactly a year since the start of the Rangers rebuild. Trading Ryan McDonagh, JT Miller, Rick Nash, Nick Holden, Michael Grabner began the rebuild. And now as everything has come full circle and the 2019 NHL trade deadline has come and gone the Rangers have traded two more long-time Ranger players for picks and prospects.

Since the 2018 NHL trade deadline we have seen a number of players leave the Rangers…

  • Ryan McDonagh
  • JT Miller
  • Nick Holden
  • Rick Nash
  • Kevin Hayes
  • Michael Grabner
  • Mats Zuccarello

Five of these seven names were all known as veterans or played a vital role in the success and make up of the Rangers franchise over the last 10 years.

As the Rangers have been a .500 team this season (to the surprise of many) they are still just getting started in this rebuild phase. The Rangers have two guaranteed 1st round picks this season. They also have two guaranteed second round picks.

*** Also have another second round pick but the contingency is if the Lighting win the Stanley Cup the 2nd rounder becomes a first this year if they do not win it sticks as a 2nd. 

Then the Rangers have a third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh. Bring the total to 10 picks this NHL 2019 draft and looking at another ten in the 2020 draft (1 first, 1 second, 2 thirds, 1 fourth, 1 fifth, 1 sixth, 3 sevenths). Therefore combined between the next two draft years the Rangers have twenty draft picks. And they are definitely not done trading, as next years deadline could feature depth forwards like Jesper Fast, Jimmy Vesey and Vladislav Namestikov to be traded that will potentially yield more draft picks.

Has a rebuild been different for many and most New York Rangers fans? Sure. Can we be upset with the direction the Rangers are going? Probably not, I have seen a lot of discredit and frustration towards Jeff Gorton regarding the Mats Zuccarello deal. But the Rangers received a 1st round pick, 2nd round pick, a 3rd round pick plus Brenden Lemieux for Hayes and Zuccarello. Could we possibly have got more for Zuccarello, perhaps but I doubt Gorton was sitting there denying better deals.

Looking at the Rangers prospects pool may also make some Rangers happier.

Rangers defensive prospects

  • Ryan Lindgren: From the looks of it Lindgren is a physical defenseman, not a lot of offensive upside but is very good and responsible in the d-zone. Has potential to be a four/five defenseman.
  • Rob O’Gara: Another defensive minded defenseman with not a lot of offensive upside that will be a fifth defenseman
  • Libor Hajek: One of the more highly sought out Rangers prospects. Hajek was very successful in the WHL but has not transitioned well to the AHL only collecting 5 points this season. He does have potential to be a number four defenseman.
  • Julius Bergman: Another physical defenseman who has been traded a few times and his stock has taken a toll, although he was a second rounder. Bergman could be a solid NHL defenseman if he stays disciplined.
  • John Gilmour: A defenseman that is one of the Rangers more underrated prospects, a very good skater, strong and has offensive upside. Can play power play and has potential to be a number four defenseman)
  • K’Andre Miller: Rangers first rounder last season and looking to be the Rangers next best defenseman. Miller is a very good two-way defenseman, when he cleans up his play on the defensive side of the puck will be a very good NHL defenseman)
  • Nils Lundkvist: Much like Miller has a lot of upside on the offensive side of the puck, a great skater (probably better than Miller) but needs work on the defensive side of the puck and upside to be a top four defenseman.
  • Nico Gross: Too early to tell as he still playing in the OHL but putting up very solid numbers for a defenseman.

The Rangers have some solid upside on their back end as long as they do not rush the process of Miller, Lundkvist and Lindgren the Rangers just in those three guys have a bright future on the blue line. Gilmour and Hajek are one of the more underrated Rangers prospects that could came out and provide some solid sturdiness to that blue line in a few years.

(My underrated defenseman that will pan out for the Rangers)

Rangers forward prospects:

  • Vinnie Lettieri: If used correctly he can be a great third line forward. We have seen Lettieri at the NHL level and he is not a flashy player, very simple, gets to the dirty areas and plays like a Ryan Strome almost.
  • Ryan Gropp: We have not seen him yet but reports say he has potential to be a top-six forward.
  • Ty Ronning: He has consistently performed better year by year and could be a top-six forward depending on adjustment to NHL game.
  • Vitali Kravstov: Rangers former first round pick, many are hoping to be a solid goal scorer at the NHL level. He is playing in the KHL and the Rangers planned to bring him up this season if he did not get injured.
  • Gabriel Fontaine: Having a better year already in the AHL compared to last season. In 2-3 years he could be a third line forward.
  • Filip Chytil: As we have seen this year Chytil can be a very good forward at the NHL level, consistency may be an issue but it is still very early.
  • Lias Andersson: He’s bounced around a bit and has not been all that successful at the AHL level, my guess is Andersson is at best a third line center at the NHL level.
  • Brendan Lemieux: Newly acquired forward from Winnipeg. He has played 44 games with the Jets this season collecting 9 points. A former 2nd rounder and potential to be a top-six winger.

Kravstov, Chytil will be the focal point of this offense come a few years. Ronning and Gropp if they make it before being traded will be (depending on this years draft) possible second line/more so third line guys. Andersson and Lemieux I could see paired together in two years and Lettieri a fourth line center.

Rangers goalie prospects: 

  • Brandon Halverson: He’s bounced around the ECHL and AHL a bit but at 22-years-old it is still early. A probably fringe starter at best)
  • Igor Shestyorkin: The Rangers 2014 4th round pick has spent his last five years in the KHL for the best team in the league. He has been the best goalie in the KHL for quite sometime, but who knows when the Rangers will see him. Potential to be a number one.
  • Alexander Georgiev: We have seen Georgiev play completely fine at the NHL level the last two years now. A definite potential for number one but a Shestyorkin and Georgiev sounds nice.

I think the upside to this all is that the Rangers prospects are not all off in foreign countries playing professional hockey there or all off at the major junior level. Of there 16 forward/defenseman prospect eight of them are playing together in the AHL right now. It may not mean a lot but the guys are building some chemistry and it is good to see players go through to the system and progress that way instead of potentially throwing them into NHL action too soon.

The Rangers are 27-26-9 this season with 63 points, a lot better than what I thought they were going to be. The Rangers have a lot of upside to their situation right now and they come into the NHL 2019 draft with 10 picks, six coming in the first three rounds. The Rangers will not be a playoff team for another three years I’d have to assume so get used to looking forward to prospects, drafts and the term rebuilding. Plus don’t buy any jerseys because who knows what Jeff Gorton will do.

 

 

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New York Rangers David Quinn’s Report Card

The New York Rangers are coming off a rough three-game stretch, all three games coming on the road and all resulting in a lose. The Rangers most recent road trip does not do David Quinn much justice, therefore looking past these three games but still considering them to some extent. Here is my take on the Rangers new head coach report card up until this point.

The Rangers entered this season with very little, to no intention on making playoffs. I’m sure there was still that one fan named Antonio from Brooklyn, New York who grew up a die hard Ranger fan that still believed the Rangers had a chance of making the playoffs this season. Sorry, Antonio but the Rangers are not going to be a playoff team for a little while. Quinn came into the Rangers organization for a few reasons (1) to help develop young players, he did a great job with players at Boston University (Jack Eichel, Charlie McAvoy..) (2) The Rangers were heading into a new direction, a younger more patient, looking to the future direction. Which made Quinn perfect role for this job. (3) They needed a new face, some new ideas, a shake up from a coach who never coached professional hockey, someone who can come in and brought new philosophies, attitude and certainly a new voice to that locker room.

I am not sure many thought Quinn would 17-18-7 with 41 points and 6th in the Metropolitan division. The Rangers were regarded as a team destined to finish last in the division and near 28th to 31st in the NHL. For that reason alone Quinn has, in my eyes exceeded my expectations for the first four months of the season. I cannot speak for every Ranger fan, I am a little less biased and realistic than most Ranger fans therefore the Dancing Larry type Ranger fans probably will disagree with me. Either way looking at three main key takeaways from Quinn’s first four months and 42 games in.

(1) Youth development: B- 

Speaking for myself I’d have to give him a B- in this area. In the beginning of the year it was frustrating to see Filip Chytil on the fourth line for many games. Pavel Buchnevich scratched, not many young defenseman on the roster and still playing Brendan Smith. Vinni Lettieri still in the minors, a glimpse of Lias Andersson, a cup of coffee for Steven Forgarty, no sign of John Gilmour, Rob O’Gara, Ryan Lindgren yet. We have seen Neal Pionk be the Rangers number one defenseman which is due to Quinn trusting the young defenseman in every situation, no matter the game, time, etc. I say a B- because while he did a decent job with Chytil and Buch it was the right move at the time. Buchnevich has not been the player we all expected him to be, he was struggling early on and still is therefore he probably deserved less minutes. Also not playing Chytil a lot early on has helped him see the game a little better. As well O’Gara, Gilmour will and hopefully be up very soon… and unpopular opinion. Either Quinn was not playing Andersson correctly or Andersson really is going to be a bust. My opinion, Rangers wasted that first overall pick in 2017.

(2) Game Management: B

I do like the way Quinn manages the lines and game honestly. Although he does change the lines a decent amount throughout the game and mixes guys up a lot, I think he is still trying to see what works. Plus he does a good job of playing the hot hand, some nights guy are hot and some are not and he does a good job recognizing who is on and who is not. My only concern is his defensive line choices late in games, numerous times I have seen Adam McQuaid or Smith out there on the back end when the Rangers are up by one-goal.

(3) Style of play: B

The Rangers were known to be a pretty gritty, get in the ugly areas, throw pucks on net and hope for the best type of team. While in the d-zone the Rangers D were not responsible, and hoped Hank made the first and second save. I like how Quinn in a sense has made us a better transitional team, a little more responsible in the d-zone and a little hungrier in the offensive zone. He has done a great job trusting Neal Pionk, reviving Marc Staal, not a great job with Kevin Shattenkirk but that is on Shattenkirk as well. He has also done a great job giving Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes the free reign to do things and be creative in all areas of the ice. I like how Quinn allows the players to make mistakes, learn from their mistakes and not play such an old school game backed by an old school philosophy of “get pucks deep and chase”.

Overall: B

The Rangers will more than likely finish with a top-10 pick for the NHL 2019 draft which will really make or break Quinn’s time in New York. They will also probably be trading Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello in the coming weeks. Quinn has done in my opinion a good job, he was not given an easy job, a young team, a crazy hockey market, the big city and bright lights. Quinn has come in and done what he can with what he has. It will be interesting to see the roster moves they make later in the season after the All-Star break in terms of bringing up AHL players so they can see some more NHL time before next season.

New York Rangers vs New York Islanders; The Islanders have won 12 of last 13

The New York Rangers have not beat the Islanders since the beginning of the 2016-17 season. 

The Rangers head into Brooklyn to play the New York Islanders for the second time in the last week. The bigger head line is the Rangers track record vs the Islanders in the last few years. The Rangers typically never had a hard with the Islanders number, yet now it is the other way around. The Islanders have won 12 of the last 13 meetings.

The Islanders on the season are two points behind the Rangers on the year. The Rangers are 11-8-2 with 24 points the most surprising team in the NHL right now as the Islanders another surprising start are 10-7-2 with 22 points. The two teams have in a sense shifted their roster make up to a little younger style, neither team posses a real super star (Can we call Matt Barzal one yet?), both of them have three solid lines that can score, both are shifting to a younger core on the back end and both have brand new head coaches. These two teams for the first time in probably 20 years are pretty similar on paper yet the Islanders seem to always get in the head of the Rangers. 

Henrik Lundqvist sat vs Islanders 

The Rangers are not going with Henrik Lundqvist in net, whom has a poor track record vs the Islanders over the last few years. Lundqvist has been pulled three times vs the Islanders, has a 3.24 goals against, .894 save percentage in 10 starts vs Islanders. Tonight Alexander Georgiev will be getting the nod for the Rangers. Georgiev has started in 4 games this season with a 3-2 record, 3.61 goals against (GAA) and .894 save(SV) percentage. 

New York Islander vs New York Rangers key players 

Another key thing to focus on going into tonight is the key players for the Islanders and Rangers. Filip Chytil has scored in the last four straight games, Neal Poink has 10 assists on the year, Chris Kreider leads the team with 11 goals, Mika Zibanejad is second on the team in points with 17. The Islanders top scorers are Josh Bailey(19) and Matt Barzal(18), Anthony Beauvillier has 4 goals in two games, the Islanders bottom guys like Leo Komarov and Vlatteri Filppula have combined for 6 points over the last week. 

This game will be played on the Islanders home ice where they are 5-5 on as the Rangers are 8-3 on the road this season. The Rangers come into tonight’s game winning 8 of their last 10 getting a point in nine of those games as the Islanders are 6-3-1 in their last ten coming off a loss vs Dallas. Tonight’s starters are Robin Lehner 4-4-1, 2.77 GAA and .915 save percentage vs Alexander Georgiev 3-2-0, 3.61 GAA and .894 SV percentage. 

Can the Rangers snap the skid and take a game vs the Islanders for the first time since 2016-17 season?

NHL Headlines: Cal Petersen blanks Blues, Laine scores hattrick in win over Vancouver, Chytil scores GWG in Rangers win, Leafs win fourth-straight

Who doesn’t like a long headline? If you don’t like well too bad. Here we go now. 

Kings Cal Petersen blanks Blues in 2-0 win

The Kings forced the Blues to asically fire their head coach Mike Yeo. Cal Petersen blanked the Blues in the Kings 2-0 win. Petersen made 29 of 29 saves to life the Kings past the Blues for their 7th win of the season. The Blues ended up firing Mike Yeo following the game and now have a big hole to fill. It is a sure disappointing season for the Blues but now they have a very difficult road to travel without their head coach and now a shaken up dressing room. Petersen the highlight of the day though in his third start of the year Petersen managed to shut the Blues out for his second win of the season and much needed Kings win. 

Laine scores hattrick in Jets 6-3 win 

Patrik Laine keeps on scoring. Laine now has 11 goals on the year and once this kid gets going on the score sheet and puts pucks home it seems like it is never ending. He came into the game with nine which really is not all that great for the Rocket Richard favorite but this is a good sign for the Jets and Laine as he walks away with now 11 goals on the year and feeling extra confident. Laine has 7 power play goals this season, 8 power play points and most of his shooting comes on the power play. He has a near league high with 75 shots on net this season already. The Jets ended up winning this game 6-3 and improve to 12-5-2 on the year. 

Chytil scores fourth goal in four games as Rangers win 2-1

Filip Chytil scores in his fourth straight game and what happened to be the game winning goal for the night. Chytil now has four goals on the year and has certainly caught the eye of head coach Dan Quinn as he goes from fourth line minutes to top six minutes now. Chytil was struggling before his recent goal spree. He has now 7 points in 21 games and 5 of those points coming in the last 10 games. 

Leafs take over first place in the Atlantic

Leafs win again, a big one too and an eventful one. The Leafs were trailing 2-0 going into the second period until Tyler Ennis broke open the scoring and it was no looking back for the Leafs as they scored four unanswered in the second and third period. Goal scorers on the night were John Tavares, Zach Hyma (2) and Tyler Ennis. The Leafs improve to 15-6-0, one point ahead of the Lightning for the Atlantic lead and two points ahead of the Sabres. The Leafs have Carolina and Columbus on the road before they finish out November with three home games in five days.

New York Rangers; Neil Poink coast to coast game-winning goal gave Rangers fan and their grandfathers life again

The Rangers are on a four-game win streak. Save this post because we may never see those words written again this season. They are on quite the high, beating Anaheim, San Jose, Buffalo and Montreal makes this team now 7-7-1 with 15 points in 15 games. This was better than how they started last year and everyone thought they were a playoff team last season.

Let’s get to the real reason behind this article, the Real Deal Neal Poink going coast to coast for a game winner vs Montreal Tuesday night is something Ranger fans have not seen since Martin St. Louis tucked one under the bar vs Montreal in the playoffs in 2014. Anyways, this goal, alone may be the highlight of the Rangers season and the one thing Ranger fans can boast about. It did more than just win the game it gave some life to Ranger fans and the players. It showed the fans that this whole rebuilding thing and playing young players is exciting.

Look, Ranger fans are used the 33-year-old free agent signing that has very little life left in him but since he scored 25 eight years ago it qualifies as a good signing. They are used to go all in or nothing every season and playing more tenured players and not allowing rookies/second year players to see much time. In New York we are used to a culture that jumps at the big name and big buzz coming to the team. No one is used to guys like Neal Poink or Brett Howden, the Rangers fans are not used to not seeing a big star in the line up. While sure they have Mika Zibanejad but he still finding his way onto the team and in the league and Kevin Shattenkirk(he’s alive?) but quite honestly no Ranger is fan is used to these no name, young players doing the work and doing it well. And while yes, Filip Chytil has not seen his chunk of time lately, it is ok, it is a slow process, they called up Lias Andersson as well the other night. This is going to be a very interesting, heart wrenching yet exciting year I believe.

For a Ranger fan who watched them win for a long time it is honestly nice to see Brett Howden with 9 points on the year and Neal Poink with 8 points, it is refreshing to see these young names making an impact on the team. Showing the process is working and it may be slow, it may be a little painful but there will be moments like Tuesday night where Ranger fans will be able to show some pride for their team and yell their lungs out at the Garden.

New York Rangers; Rebuilding update through thirteen games

The real reason I am here to write this article is for multiple reasons. I will come out and admit I am a long-time Rangers supporter, I’ve watched them for now nearly 14 years, I’ve seen them through their lows and highs like the Stanley Cup final loss. I am a die-hard hockey fan, but also more importantly a very realistic and down to earth hockey fan. I am not your typical Ranger fan though. You may be imagining a stuck up, New York accent screaming “remember 2014 bro” fan you are thinking of. I will be the first to admit when the Rangers are struggling and right now they are. But the big reason I am here is because how cynical and disloyal some Rangers fans are. Listen and hear me out.

New York Rangers rebuild…

The Rangers hired a college coach, a Boston University coach, someone with no NHL experience as their head coach. This was for the reason to yes develop young players and get the rebuild going. I don’t think anyone had expectations of this team being a playoff team this season (2018-19) year and many fans knew it would be a rough and bumpy season. The part that disappoints me is that after a win vs the Ducks Thursday night and coming off a win vs the Sharks Tuesday night, Ranger fans were clearly not happy.

Head Coach David Quinn has scratched Pavel Buchnevich two games in a row and played Filip Chytil 10:05 in the game vs Anaheim Thursday and 8:53 vs San Jose Tuesday night. After seeing the minutes Chytil played Ranger fans and blog reporters turned to the internet and wrote articles like “Dan Quinn is failing Filip Chytil” this type of knee jerk reaction is what makes me scratch my head. What did Rangers fan expect? If the kid is not playing well to see 18 minutes a game? I understand the rebuild part but you don’t go into games and lose every game as a first year head coach, you still need to be competitive. The fact Quinn has taken two on the road now this week is a good sign. It is 13 games into the season, Chytil is in dry spell right now he will bounce out of it and Quinn will play him the minutes all fans want to see.

You need to take a breather and watch something. The article only gets more brutally honest.

Another reason I am writing this article is because before the game Thursday night Larry Brooks the reporter for the Rangers tweeted

“Buchnevich remains out of the lineup. Quinn said players who were in for victory at San Jose deserve to get another shot, “for their effort”.”

Brooks exaggerated the quote a little with the quotation marks over “for their effort”, indicating it to be a comical comment(in my opinion). To me, I don’t see the wrong in this, your team won against what is to be the best in the Western Conference therefore the guys who played that game obviously did something correct therefore they get another look next game and see what they can do. I think that is called playing the hand you have and giving everyone an opportunity. Fans are making it seem like Buchnevich has been scratched for 13 games straight, its an 82 game season people he will play. We have seen the guy for three years now and he is not showing anyone in the Rangers organization a reason to be a consistent player in the line up year in and year out everyone comes in with high hopes for Buchnevich and he does not live up to expectations.

After that tweet from Brooks fans started tweeting at him stuff like…

“4th line duty for Chytil. He will get his usual 8 minutes. Rebuilding is different with the Rangers.”

“The problem here is he was way to hyped way too much before he got here, and so far hasn’t really shown any consistency at the NHL level.” (Assuming this is Buchnevich)

“I agree, I’m almost at the point where I want him to be traded and flourish elsewhere so that the Rangers can see how badly he was managed in NY.”

“Yeah let’s continue to play bums instead of a struggling prospect. He will learn so much from the bench. AV 2.0.”

“Brotha. We need to lose every game and trade everybody in the pro. Cess. Wtf u talkin about.” 

To be fair, I did see some comments stating that Buchnevich is not ready for the NHL, he doesn’t show consistency ever and he is just not gelling in NY right now. As well as comments like “yup, that’s my coach. #accountability #bebetter” But a majority of these fans either one think Buchnevich is some Wayne Gretzky that is sitting on the bench and Quinn is doing this purposefully to torture the kid or that he should be traded and out of New York. Ranger fans are known for their knee jerk reactions, with very little logic/knowledge about the game. If you are not a Rangers fan, and from the NY area you probably joke about Madison Square Garden being filed with “suit fans” who just come to games because their company had tickets. Tons of suit fans screaming “shoot” while the shooter has 2 defenders in front of him is exactly how you imagine Ranger fans.

New York Rangers rebuild 2018-19Anyways back to Buchnevich, I agree with Quinn here, Buch is a player that does not show consistency and just seems to be the player who can easily be edged due to his effort and what he brings to the table, put someone else in and try something new. As for Chytil, people the kid is not an Elias Pettersson, all NYR fans are way to high on this kid and think he is going to be like a Pettersson or other top NHL prospect. Ranger fans they stretched on taking Chytil in 2017 at 21st overall. The kid is 19-years-old he is not going to be a Matt Barzal, Auston Matthews, Patrick Laine, Brock Boeser, Alex Wennberg, etc and come in at 18-y/o and dominate. He needs sometime to adjust and get used to the speed, not to mention he is a 6’2 around 190 lbs, once he gets some size, confidence and more experience at the  NHL level, he’ll be fine. Drop your expectations for these players and here’s your reality check. Buchnevich is not as great as everyone thought he was going to be, he showed an inconsistent pace since he has come into the league, he shows some great signs in the offensive end, moving with the puck, creating offense an using his size/speed but then there are times when he has nothing. Chytil has played a total of 22 NHL games, relax. He is a second rounder who we stretched to in the first round. He will come around and do just fine. He showed great development in Hartford last season and now is adjusting to a whole different nature.

This rebuild will take time, the more you jump the ship on your coach and put him down and don’t trust what he is doing the longer this process will be. They have great talent coming up and brewing right now, they are playing competitive also which is a great sign. On top of that all, they are getting used to this rebuild phase, Quinn is a brand new NHL coach he will make mistakes and he will learn from them. Relax, NYR fans, enjoy the rebuild and stay off Twitter some of you, sheesh.

 

 

New York Rangers: In full rebuild mode with new coach and prospects

The New York Rangers were one of the many teams to miss the playoffs last season, but for many it was a major shock, as the Rangers have been a team known for their long tenured playoff runs. After some major injuries, poor offensive depth and coaching struggles the Rangers feel into a hole quickly and were never able to climb out of it.

Push came to shove as the year went on, which led the Rangers to many tough decisions. The departure of captain Ryan McDonagh, fan favorite JT Miller, veteran Rick Nash, along with two shorter termed players in Nick Holden and Michael Grabner. Since the trade deadline and the many eye opening and heart wrenching trades in the Rangers organization, it has led the Rangers front office with a lot to look forward to in the future.

Finishing 24th in the NHL with a 34-39-9 record, finishing under .500 for the first time since 2003-2004 has left a lot of fans concerned and worried for what shall come. Thankfully due to some of the younger pieces on the team and up and coming draft picks and prospects the Rangers have a bright future but right now may not be the most successful period in Rangers history.

Taking a look at the prospects…

Lias Andersson: Drafted in the first round, seventh overall in 2017, the Rangers passed on Casey Mittlestadt to acquire the storied Swedish forward. Most famously known for his award throwing antics in the world juniors. But Andersson spent some time in the AHL last season tallying, 14 points in 25 games but most of his time was spent in Frolunda where he spent 22 games collecting 14 points. Andersson is expected to make an appearance on the full time roster this season, centering either the second or third line at the moment, but if Andersson does not crack the roster for at least 45 plus games this season some Ranger fans may be concerned.

Filip Chytil: Selected 21st overall in the first round, Chytil was selected a little earlier than expected, a somewhat stretch by the Rangers but Chytil spent a lot of his time in the AHL spending 46 games with Hartford collecting 31 points. Chytil is known more so for his scoring ability, and some may even say he has more potential than Andersson. We saw Chytil in the NHL towards the beginning of last season with the Rangers where he played 9 games and 3 points. Chytil is an expected definite roster spot for the Rangers this year lined up on the left wing on the second line it seems.

Igor Shesterkin: Selected 118th overall in the 2014 draft, Shesterkin has spent the last four years over in the KHL playing with SKA Saint Petersburg, recording a 20-4-4 record, 1.70 GAA and .933 save percentage with 7 shutouts. Shesterkin is said to be most highly sought after prospect in the Rangers system for the last four years now. Shesterkin is the processor to Lundqvist once the King’s time is up but as of now it seems Shesterkin will not make an appearance in the NHL for another two seasons.

Vitali Kravstov: Selected 9th overall with the Rangers first pick of the first round, Kravstov came of shock to almost everyone. Kravstov really moved up the ranks after his strong showing in the KHL playoffs, where he had 11 points in 16 games. Kravstov won KHL rookie of the year last season, surpassing Evgeny Kuznestov and Valarei Nischunkin for playoff records. As of now it seems Kravstov will spend this season in the KHL with the intent to sign with the Rangers for the 2019-20 season and play on their opening day roster.

Libor Hajek: A player the Rangers acquired in the Tampa Bay Lighting package deal, Hajek has been playing in the WHL for Saskatoon and Regina, combined Hajek tallied 39 points in 58 games. Hajek is known for his two-way ability and presence on the ice, he is a projected top-four defenseman and hopefully will be in the line up full time come the 2019-20 season.

The Rangers have a slew of prospects in coming, not to mention K’Andre Miller, Ryan Lindgreen and also Alexander Greogriev who played last season behind Lundqvist. The Rangers also have a new face behind the bench with David Quinn, 21-years at the NCAA level, 3 years at the AHL level and one year in the NHL coaching the Avalanche in 2012-13(Assistant). Quinn has spent a lot of time developing and building players for the NHL at the NCAA level, therefore with the wave of youth the Rangers are welcoming Quinn is a perfect pair for what the Rangers are moving towards at the moment.