New York Rangers: Top Prospects For Immediate Repairs

The New York Rangers are one of the youngest teams in the NHL. New York is currently in sixth place in the East Division with a 13-13-4 record with 30 points so far this season. The Rangers are currently in the midst of a rebuild.

New York plays hard every single night under Head Coach David Quinn, but a head coaching change seems inevitable at this point once the season ends. Kris Knoblauch is the current head coach for the Hartford Wolf Pack at the AHL level. Knoblauch was the acting head coach for the New York Rangers in a 9-0 win on Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.

A lot of people he should have taken over the head coaching job immediately over Quinn, but general manager Jeff Gorton thought otherwise. Gorton has not been an automatically good drafter for the New York Rangers.

There have been some very good players that he has passed up on. Some young players like Filip Chytil, Igor Shesterkin, K’Andre Miller, Kaapo Kakko, and Alexis Lafreniere are some of the young players on the current roster for the New York Rangers. Who are some of the top prospects in New York’s farm system?

Nils Lundkvist

Lundkvist was the 28th overall pick (first-round selection) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He has the potential to be a very good second line pairing on defense in the NHL.

Nils Lundkvist is talented enough to be on the first pairing for the New York Rangers down the line, but they plan on the top pairing being Adam Fox and K’Andre Miller. Lundkvist is currently playing for the Lulea HF in the SweHL. He has played in 49 games so far this season. Nils Lundkvist has scored 13 goals and has recorded 15 assists so far this season. His plus/minus is -3.

Lundkvist will be an offensive force for the New York Rangers down the road. It will be interesting to see when he reaches the NHL level since he is only 20 years old. Nils Lundkvist has also a right-handed shot and needs to clean up his defensive game just a little bit. He will most likely start with the Hartford Wolf Pack in the AHL before he reports to the NHL with the New York Rangers.

Vitali Kravtsov

Kravtsov was the ninth overall pick (first-round selection) in the 2018 NHL Draft by the New York Rangers. He is a right-winger, who has a left-handed shot. Vitali Kravtsov is 21 years old and is set to make his NHL debut with the New York Rangers within the next couple of weeks.

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He played in 49 games in the KHL with the Chelyabinsk Traktor. He has played with them ever since the 2016-2017 season. Vitali Kravtsov scored 16 goals and recorded eight assists. His plus/minus was 8. In five playoff games with them, he also scored two goals and recorded two assists. His plus/minus was even.

Vitali Kravtsov was the heartbeat of that hockey team. He is going to be missed in the KHL big time.

Kravtsov is going to provide some sniping ability at the NHL level. We will see what kind of NHL career will be in store for him in New York City with the New York Rangers.

Zachary Jones

Jones was the 68th overall pick (third-round selection) in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. He is currently in his second season with UMass-Amherst (NCAA, H-East). Zac Jones will potentially be a depth defenseman for the New York Rangers one of these days.

Jones is a left-handed defenseman. In 25 games with UMass-Amherst, he has scored eight goals and has recorded 12 assists. His plus/minus is 13. Zac Jones is very good defensively and is only 20 years old.

Zac Jones could earn an entry-level contract with the New York Rangers. New York is going to be in good hands with its prospects because they continue to draft well. Jones will take his time with the Hartford Wolf Pack before playing for the Rangers (AHL-NHL Transition).

He will be a good fit for the New York Rangers once he is done playing collegiate hockey. Defensemen aren’t one of the New York Rangers’ problems within the organization.

What do you think of some of the top prospects in the New York Rangers farm system? Leave a comment below.

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