Because those 3 are arguably our best 3 forward prospects we have had at any time over the last 10 years, and have the potential to all play on the same line.
wow.. Maybe somewhat over the top with that statement but you might be right... LOL ... off the top of my head I am trying to think of other Ranger forward prospects who were much hyped the past 10 years.. Dubinsky, Dawes, Prucha, Jessiman, Lundmark, Brendl, Mike York, Bourett (remember the hype when Slats traded for him?),
the big (3) prospects now seem to have some legit talent...
I really like what Krieder is showing with his size and skating ability... Hopefully the Hockey IQ will develop at the NHL Level.. If so... watch out... If not, with his size and skating he could be useful in the NHL.
Stepan just looks to be a solid NHL pro No doubt..... Could be a top 6 player with the intangles?... Maybe like a Chris Drury type of player...
I am not sure with Grachev... Not sure why... Maybe it was the disapointment he showed at the AHL last year... He is young so hope he keeps developing..
Historically, The odds of all (3) prospects developing to what is anticipated is very low... but you never know...
What a loaded statement. You my friend should get a job with the Rangers PR department. How could Grachev be considered in that catagory when he couldn't score 20 goals in the minors? Hell he barely put up 20 points. If this guy struggles again he could find himself in the ECHL. I wasn't away top 20 prospects in the world played there.
THN Future Watch 2010. Stepan 16th, Grachev 21st and Kreider 22nd. These are NHL scouts ranking these players. Are you an NHL scout? Didn't think so. I'll take their word for it.
28 points is barely putting up 20? That must be that new math I've heard so much about.
And yeah, I'm sure that after playing 80 games as a 19 year old rookie, they're going to decide now to put him in the ECHL. Makes sense.
Seems to me there's a lot of things you aren't aware of.
Well Grachev is a more puck possession type, more in the mold of, yes Jaromir Jagr in his Ranger years than a Kovalchuk or Ovechkin.
I think he could play either wing with relative comfort once he figures out his game, and I think his playing style will complement with Anisimov beautifully.
On Kreider, if we really want to groom this kid into a offensive beast, he needs top 6 Hartford minutes this year. Not College, not forced into a NHL role, not bottom 6 Hartford. Play him with Stepan, let them learn to play together this year and we may have something.
Not sure he would be rushed. Rangers have been willing to send just about everyone to Hartford if that is what is called for. The fact he was asked to play on the US team at the Worlds shows how far he has come. Whatever he wants to do is fine with him but I bet being at this camp he sees his future and likes what he sees.
Kreider isn't an AHL level player upstairs yet. Physically he may be ready, but mentally he has a LOT to learn about the game. Its glaringly obvious. Id rather we not rush a kid with, literally, limitless potential.
1 more year of college
1 year of AHL
then the NHL.