The Hockey News recently released their 2020 Future Watch issue which featured four Rangers in their top 57 overall prospects.
Igor Shesterkin was ranked 3rd overall, Vitali Kravtsov was ranked 23rd, Nils Lundkvist was ranked 52nd and recently signed K’ Andre Miller was ranked 57th.
In 2019, Shesterkin was ranked 37th overall, Kravtsov was ranked fifth overall, Lundkvist wasn’t ranked and Miller was 62nd. Lias Andersson was ranked 34th.
It’s the second straight year where the Rangers have had at least four prospects ranked in The Hockey News’ top 62.
Overall the Rangers rank second, behind Colorado, for the best farm system.
Last year the Rangers had the 11th best farm system.
The 2020 Hockey News Future Watch issue lists the Rangers top 10 prospects as:
- Igor Shesterkin
- Vitali Kravtsov
- Nils Lundkvist
- K’Andre Miller
- Lias Andersson
- Zac Jones
- Libor Hajek
- Julien Gauthier
- Matthew Robertson
- Morgan Barron
Last year, the list was Kravtsov, Andersson, Shesterkin, Miller, Hajek, Lundkvist, Adam Huska, Ryan Lindgren, Morgan Barron and Joey Keane.
Nils Lundkvist was the second highest “rising” prospect this year, moving from outside the Top 100 last year to 52nd this year. They wrote, Lundkvist “has a skill set every team covets. He can play big minutes and moves the puck quickly and decisively.”
Shesterkin, moving from 37th to 3rd overall, was the sixth highest “rising” prospect with them adding that Shesterkin is included because they started compiling their lists prior to his call up.
Lias Andersson was the top ranked “falling prospect” this year, going from 34th overall to not being listed in the Top 100.