Entries with the tag: prospects
The New York Rangers’ prospects have been rewarded for their excellent play this week by earning the right to play in the championship against the Buffalo Sabres.
The team has gotten a ton of offense, has played well on both sides of the puck and has receieved consistent goaltending. Basically put, the team has played winning hockey and that has allowed them to get to the final.
Despite losing in double overtime today to the Carolina Hurricanes, the Rangers’ prospects have shown a lot of promise and potential. Players like Ryan Bourque, Tim Erixon, Christian Thomas, Dylan McIlrath, and a slew of others have shown the Rangers’ organization that their future is in good hands.
Believe it or not, GM Glen Sather has a lot to do with the success of these prospects. Sather has the right staff members that allow him to make intelligent picks while also having a coach in John Tortorella who wants to see homegrown kids get chances in the lineup.
Isn’t it nice to have the cupboard fully stocked? Isn’t nice to know that the Rangers’ future looks bright?
From Russ Cohen at Sportsology:
1) Chris Kreider - 6-3, 217 - C - It’s been a while since the New York Rangers have produced a real offensive star forward but this youngster has the goods and he has a knack for playing at his best in big games, like his World Junior Championship performance to help Team USA claim a bronze this past winter.
He was a first rounder and he should live up to the billing and then some. He has a well above-average wrist shot looks to be an important offensive tool for the Boxford, Massachusetts native and he’s terrific on the power play. He should get a real chance at making the big club next year. With all of his international experience plus college playoff dramatics including a Frozen Four win and an appearance in the outdoor game a few year’s ago he should really make a pretty big splash with the Blueshirts possibly next season. His broken jaw did affect his offense late in the season.
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Everyone in hockey knows how valuable prospects can be whether it’s on the ice or as a trade chip. The New York Rangers have made plenty of mistakes with regards to handling of their prospects but in recent years, have done a much better job of evaluating them and bringing them up at the right time.
Last night, Jess Rubenstein of The Prospect Park, a terrific Web site that covers all things Rangers’ prospects, took time out of his busy schedule to do an e-mail interview with us. Jess was kind enough to talk about how he got into hockey, how he got into scouting/writing about Rangers’ prospects and more importantly, what our prospect system looks like now.
Take it away Jess: