A look at the Rangers top prospects

The Hockey News 2019-20 Pool Guide and Yearbook list the Rangers Top 10 prospects as:

  1. Kaapo Kakko: “A dynamic and flashy scorer. He defends well and had the strength to play as a teen against men.”
    • NHL Expectation: 2019-20
  2. Vitali Kravtsov: “elite offensive skills and plays with an edge. Soared to No.5 in league-wide Future Watch 19 rank.”
    • NHL Expectation: 2019-20
  3. Adam Fox: “crafty puck-moving defenseman had 95 assists across three seasons with Harvard.”
    • NHL Expectation: 2019-20
  4. Igor Shesterkin: “An athletic and competitive stopper who is on target to replace Lundqvist in a couple years.”
    • NHL Expectation: 2021-22
  5. Matthew Robertson: “fantastic skater for a big player. Watch for him to add more offense with his booming shot.”
    • NHL Expectation: 2021-22
  6. K’Andre Miller: “played with impressive poise as a college freshman. Production starting to match ability.”
    • NHL Expectation: 2022-23
  7. Libor Hajek: “struggled in his first pro-year. He has the intelligence and talent to adapt to a tougher level.”
    • NHL Expectation: 2019-20
  8. Nils Lundkvist: “still getting bigger. Plays a safe and reliable brand of defense that is always coveted.”
    • NHL Expectation: 2022-23
  9. Karl Henriksson: “doesn’t let his smaller stature get in the way of being a hard-nosed physical player.”
    • NHL Expectation: 2024-25
  10. Adam Huska: “injuries caused an up and down sophomore season, but he has good size and athleticism.”
    • NHL Expectation: 2023-24

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

On the Rangers system overall, they wrote “much more than a Jack Hughes consolation prize, 2019 No. 2 overall pick Kaapo Kakko is a super-prospect himself, blending size, skill and smarts to set the expectations bar high. A proven winner (he scored the gold-medal goal for Finland at the WJC) and clutch performer, he’ll step in right away. Offensive D-man Adam Fox and big Russian winger Vitali Kravtsov may join him. Ace goalie Igor Shesterkin is also coming over from the KHL for his first North American action.”






NHL.com, as part of their series previewing each team, lists the Rangers top-five prospects as:

  1. Kaapo Kakko:
    • NHL ETA: 2019-20
  2. Vitali Kravtsov:
    • NHL ETA: 2019-20
  3. Igor Shesterkin:
    • NHL ETA: 2020-21
  4. Adam Fox
    • NHL ETA: 2019-20
  5. K’Andre Miller:
    • NHL ETA: 2021-22

For a lot more on the Rangers prospects, click HERE.