Hockey's Future releases their top 10 NHL organizational rankings with the Rangers landing at #9...
9. New York Rangers
Strengths: The Rangers are absolutely loaded up front, particularly at center. Derek Stepan and Evgeny Grachev headline the center position, while Ethan Werek, Roman Horak, Ryan Bourque, and Andrew Yogan give New York spectacular depth down the middle. The wingers are also very strong with the likes of Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello-Aasen, Carl Hagelin, and Christian Thomas all ranking among the club’s top 10 prospects. Weaknesses: The Rangers have question marks in net with free agent signing Chad Johnson and fifth round pick Scott Stajcer leading the way. Johnson has played well in the AHL and has also appeared in five NHL games but he and the other goaltending prospects do not figure to be viable future replacements for Henrik Lundqvist. Top 5 Prospects: 1. Chris Kreider, LW, 2. Evgeny Grachev, C, 3. Derek Stepan, C, 4. Mats Zuccarello-Aasen, LW, 5. Ryan McDonagh, D. Lost to Trade: Ryan Hillier, Bobby Sanguinetti, Tomas Zaborsky.
...organizational rankings are not too reliable because it's all based on potential. Sure the stockpile of prospects the Rangers have look great right now, but how are they going to play when they get a chance in the NHL.
...i've seen way too many Ranger can't miss prospects not being able to make the transition to the NHL to get overly excited about this ranking.
...however, it is nice to see.
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