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Rangers prospect pipeline ranked #1 by NHL Network (Updates)

8/16/19 |The Hockey News 2019-20 Pool Guide lists the Rangers Top 10 prospects as:

  1. Kaapo Kakko
  2. Vitali Kravtsov
  3. Adam Fox
  4. Igor Shesterkin
  5. Matthew Robertson
  6. K’Andre Miller
  7. Libor Hajek
  8. Nils Lundkvist
  9. Karl Henriksson
  10. Adam Huska

They note that Kakko, Kravtsov, Fox and Hajek are all “good candidates” to make the Rangers this season.

8/12/19 | The NHL Network recently ranked the Rangers with the #1 Prospect Pipeline in the NHL.



They listed the Rangers top-five prospects as:

  • #1: Kaapo Kakko
  • #2: Vitali Kravtsov
  • #3: Igor Shesterkin
  • #4: Adam Fox
  • #5: K’Andre Miller

Kaapo, Kravtsov, Shesterkin and Fox were all ranked recently as Top 30 prospects in the league by NHL Network.

Mike Rupp said that Miller was ranked #51 on the NHL Network top prospect list.

On Miller, Rupp said “he’s kind of like Seth Jones, he has that size, that thunder in his game and can move around the ice really well and do everything. He’s a bit more of a project and will take some more time, defense take a little longer, but he can play.”

Rangers assistant GM Chris Drury was a guest on the NHL Network and said:

  • On the system as a whole, “since the letter went out for the rebuild, we traded a lot of really good players and really good Rangers and when you do that you hope to get back the players that we did and we are excited about where we are in the process and certainly have a lot of talent in the pipeline.”
  • On where the rebuild is, “JD said it best, after we signed Panarin in July, it was just part of the process and build and we feel like they (Panarin and Trouba) are at a good age and playing good hockey when our 19-20-21 year olds are firing on all cylinders. I think they are a really good piece of the puzzle and it’s all part of the process and plan.”
  • On Kaapo Kakko’s expectation, “it’s a big jump coming into the NHL at that age, there are so many moving parts to life away from the rink and then you have to perform well on the ice, coming from a different country. He’s an extremely talented player, hard working kid and we were thrilled to move up in the lottery and take him at number two and we are thrilled to have him.”
  • On Vitali Kravtsov, “he’s extremely high skilled, played on the off-wing a lot. His hockey sense is through the roof. Development camp is only development camp but he put on a show for us and we are excited to see him in Traverse City when it means a bit more. Kravy has had a heck of a career to date and we are excited to get him into camp in September.”
  • On Adam Fox, “he’s another guy with really high hockey IQ. We scouted him a lot for his draft and watched him play World Juniors and Harvard over the last few years. Another guy we are excited to get. He can beat you in a lot of different ways and we are thrilled to get him and hopefully he puts his best foot forward in camp and he could have a great chance of making the team.”
  • On the toughest part of the transition to the NHL, “Size and speed certainly, no matter where they are coming from, everyone is bigger and faster. How they adjust to that speed, from college or juniors or Europe, but we are excited about our guys and their hockey IQs that the learning curve should be pretty short.”