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Where the Rangers top prospects rank (Updates)

3/7/19: The Rangers prospect group was ranked 2nd overall by Peters at ESPN.

3/6/19: Chris Peters of ESPN.com lists Kravstov at 11, Shesterkin at 33 and Miller at 37 on his list of Top 50 prospects.

1/23/19: TSN ‘s Craig Button lists Vitali Kravtsov at #1 in his ranking of top NHL-affiliated prospects.

Button writes that Kravtsov is “highly skilled” and an “offensive threat” with a combination of “speed, power, shot and finish.”

He notes that Kravtsov has played some center this season and that his style of play is “similar” to former Ranger Rick Nash.

Button also has Igor Shesterkin ranked 10th and Lias Andersson 28th.

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Vitali Kravtsov at the KHL All-Star Skills Competition

Vitali Kravtstov took part in the KHL All-Star Skills and All-Star Game this past weekend.

Below is a clip of him during the skills competition.

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Vitali Kravstov’s goal and assist for Russia

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Vitali Kravtsov scores for Russia at World Juniors

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Rangers hoping to have Vitali Kravtsov in North America next year

Rangers assistant GM Chris Drury said that “the plan” is for Vitali Kravtsov to play in North America next year when his KHL contract expires. (Newsday)

Drury said that the Rangers want him in North America, they believe Kravtsov wants to be in North America and that “everyone” is on board with that plan. (Newsday)

Kravtsov was named recently to the KHL All-Star game and Drury noted that he has been a “bright spot” for a team that has changed coaches and not won many games.

He has four goals and nine assists in 29 games this season with 68 shots on goal and an average of 15:53 per game.

From the Rangers 11/19 Prospect Report: Vitali Kravtsov registered a power play goal in Traktor’s overtime win on Nov. 14 against Vityaz. The Rangers’ first round pick (ninth overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft has recorded 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 26 KHL games this season, and he has tallied a point in four of the last five KHL games he has played, and he has recorded five points (one goal, four assists) over the span. The 18-year-old leads all KHL players younger than 20 years old in assists and points this season. Kravtsov has registered twice as many points as any other KHL player younger than 20 years old this season, and he also has more assists (eight) than any other KHL player younger than 20 years old has points (six) thus far in 2018-19.