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Rangers farm still disrespected
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12-19-2008, 10:07 AM
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Land of no calls..
As it's been said by many already, he's not off-base here.
How many bad things can you say about our prospect development over the last couple years? While we've made a few blunders (2003 draft), we've filled quite a few spots in our line-up with home-grown players. Having an abundance of bottom-six players isn't necessarily a bad thing. Those players are still important to an organization.
Still, look who we've produced in just the last few seasons:
Dubinsky - A 2nd line, perhaps top-line center.
Staal - Potentially a top-pairing, shut-down D-man with perhaps some untapped offensive potential.
Girardi - Easily a top-4, perhaps even a #3 D-man. Plays physical and has the ability to play the point on the PP.
Callahan - Exceptional 3rd line guy with the ability to contribute offensively. Plays a stellar two-way game.
Dawes - Great shot but has lost some confidence, seems to be coming around again. Has top-six potential.
Prucha - Pure goal scorer, unfortunately has hit the skids as of late.
Lundqvist - Franchise goaltender and Vezina candidate. Enough said.
That's a top-line center, franchise goalie, two potential top-pairing d-men, a hell of a 3rd liner and a 2nd line winger. Really not too shabby considering our drafting history.
Hartford is light on top-level prospects, but we do have a few in the pipe. Del Zotto, Grachev, Doyle and Kundratek are all playing very, very well this year. Stepan is having a solid Freshman year at Wisconsin and is getting great reviews from his coaches there. Weise made the case for himself in camp and got promoted to Hartford and Gaulton has potential steal written all over him. You absolutely have to be impressed with our drafting this year.
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