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Rangers Performance in NHL Networks Top 50 Prospects


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Four - Chytil, Andersson, Kravtsov and Shestoykin - made the list, with Chytil tops at 16. Am I right to feel a little buzz kill that a team that has purportedly been stockpiling young talent has none in top 15 and many of the "hot prospects", like Hajek, Howden, Rykov, Lindgren, Miller and Lundkvist, did not make the list? I don't place that much stock in this type of list, but I wonder if it reflects that outsiders are not quite as impressed with the latter guys as we are.
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I understand the limits of these lists. I also understand that the majority of players who will be proven to be major performers over the next five years will probably be on this list. Given the assets we gave up leading up to the deadline, I wonder why we did not get in return any players considered to be in the top 50 prospects.
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Because we also got picks and it might take a year or 2 for then to climb the charts?


We also didn't give up THAT much.


Nash old and hurt.

McD hurt.

Grabner is Grabner.

Holden is Lolden.


What did we give up to get a top prospect back?

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The list: https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-tonight-lists-best-prospects-on-way-to-nhl/c-299890068


Not the greatest list, but they list the most notable names, which you'd expect when you are mostly discussing 18-20 year olds with almost no NA professional hockey.


Something to note, the Rangers are tied for first with the most prospects on this list with Vancouver, and 3 or 4 other teams with 3. That's a good sign.

Most of the names listed above Rangers prospects are guys that blew up in their prospective leagues (Petersson, Tolvanen, Midlestadt) or were taken above the Rangers picks (Dahlin, Makar, Quinn, etc)


16. Filip Chytil, C, NYR


How acquired: Selected with No. 21 pick in 2017 NHL Draft


Last season: New York: 9 GP, 1-2-3; Hartford (AHL): 46 GP, 11-20-31


Chytil, who turns 19 on Sept. 5, will challenge to be one of the top four centers for the Rangers this season. He made the roster out of training camp last season and played two games in the NHL before being sent to Hartford. Chytl (6-2, 202) was recalled March 25 and scored his first NHL goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning on March 30.


Projected NHL arrival: This season


One of the oldest on the list:

25. Igor Shesterkin, G, NYR


How acquired: Selected with No. 118 pick in 2014 NHL Draft


Last season: SKA St. Petersburg (KHL): 28 GP; 20-4-4, 1.69 GAA, .933 SV%


The 22-year-old is New York's goaltender of the future. Shesterkin (6-1, 187) set a Russian/Soviet record for consecutive shutout minutes in a single World Championship this year (140:00). He went 47-8-10 with 15 shutouts for SKA St. Petersburg the past two seasons and is signed in the KHL for one more season.


Projected NHL arrival: 2020-21 season


31. Lias Andersson, C, NYR


How acquired: Selected with No. 7 pick in 2017 NHL Draft


Last season: New York: 7 GP, 1-1-2; Hartford (AHL): 25 GP, 5-9-14; Frolunda (SHL): 22 GP, 7-7-14


Andersson, who turns 20 on Oct. 13, is expected to push to be a top-four center in New York after coming to North America last season and spending most of the offseason training in Connecticut.


Andersson (6-0, 200) began last season with Frolunda of the SHL and was captain for Sweden at the 2018 WJC. Though he had a shoulder injury, he had seven points (six goals, one assist) in seven games and helped Sweden win the silver medal. Andersson joined Hartford on Jan. 19 and established himself as a top-six forward for New York's AHL affiliate before the Rangers recalled him March 25 to play the final seven games of the regular season.


Projected NHL arrival: This season


35. Vitali Kravtsov, RW, NYR


How acquired: Selected with No. 9 pick in 2018 NHL Draft


Last season: Traktor Chelyabinsk (KHL): 35 GP, 4-3-7


The 18-year-old became the Rangers' target in the 2018 draft in part because of his strong showing in the KHL playoffs last season. Kravtsov (6-2, 170) had 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 16 games to set the record for most points by a junior-aged player in the KHL playoffs. The previous record was nine, held by Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dallas Stars forward Valeri Nichushkin.


Kravtsov won the Alexei Cherepanov Award as the KHL rookie of the year and will begin this season in Russia, with the intention to sign with New York when his KHL season ends.


Projected NHL arrival: Next season

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