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Rangers Prospect Poll: #10
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08-01-2012, 03:43 PM
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I think we have to draft hit-or-miss guys next year because we won't have the prospect depth in a year that we have been used to having since the rebuild began in 2004.
Our top 2 prospects (Kreider and Hagelin) will graduate. Another top prospect (Erixon) was just traded. We also will not have our first rounder next year, and this year we already didn't have a #3, #6 and #7. A few (Wellman, Thuresson, MZA and Chard Johnson) left.
Every year some prospects prove that they have no NHL future. In the last year, it was guys like Pashnin, Valentenko, Parlett and Wilson. In the next year, I can definitely see guys like Bourque, Ceresnak, Missiaen or Stajcer, and some other guys to become non-prospects.
We will have a small pool of prospects of 3 good prospects (McIlrath, Miller, Skjei); 3-4 high-risk ones (Thomas, Fast, St. Croix, Hrivik), 4-5 second-tier prospects guys (Yogan, Fogarty, Lindberg, Nieves, McColgan) and another 3-4 suspects (Noreau, Ceresnak and/or Andersson, Bourque and/or Spelling), our whole prospect pool before the 2013 will be about 13-15 guys, and let's keep in mind that we won't our first rounder.
We will need to swing for the fences. I want more guys like St. Croix, Thomas and Fast, as well as a couple of big defensemen like Noreau in the later rounds.
I think the Rangers will probably keep going with the approach that has worked well for them - a balanced drafting approach.
I'm not terribly concerned because I think the Rangers strength is not necessarily having guys that scream superstars coming through the ranks. It's producing steady, hard-working guys who look like legit NHL'ers. Not having a first rounder next year hurts, but they also have also picks in other rounds with which to work.
If trends continue, and the Rangers continue to find between 1-3 guys in every draft who look like legit prospects and play in the NHL, they'll be okay.
While there might not be another Kreider or McD in the system at the moment, there's a high probability that there are guys who emerge on a Stepan or Dubinsky like way. We also have to remember how relatively young this team is. Girardi is the old man of our defense at 28, and the forward ranks feature Hagelin, Kreider, Callahan, Stepan, Nash and Boyle who are all 28 and younger.
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