Ranking the 10 best prospects in the New York Rangers after WJC

The New York Rangers may no longer have one of the best potential pipelines in the NHL, but they’re still pretty good. This is to be expected when you transition from a lottery team to a competitor.

Using this previous draft as a prime example, the Rangers’ first pick didn’t come until the second round. Thanks to Andrew Cope’s deal on Deadline, that cost them their first-round pick and you can expect more of the same in the future.

With next season just weeks away from the opening of the training camp, the Rangers Officense have focused on their prospects. They set up their development camp in July and just saw 7 of their best competitions at the Junior World Championships.

Using the latest information, let’s rank the best pullover shirts in the future.

New York Rangers Prospects Ranking

From right, Rangers Adam Sikora, 17-year-old Finn striker, and Bobby Trevino battle for control of the puck, during Rangers Prospect Development Camp at Rangers Training Facility in Greenburg on July 12, 2022. Credit: © Frank Becerra Jr. / Journal News / USA Today Network

Here are the top 10 possible rankings for the New York Rangers.

To be considered in this list, a player must be 23 years old or younger and have played 10 or fewer games at the NHL level.

The exceptions are players such as Braden Schneider, Nils Lundqvist, Zach Jones and Vitaly Kravtsov, who have played at least 20 matches for Rangers.

Rank player POS age Draft / in general
1 Brennan Usman F 19 2021 1ST RD (16)
2 Dylan Garand J 20 2020 Fourth RD (103)
3 Will Quill F 20 2020 2nd RD (60)
4 Matthew Robertson Dr 21 2019 2nd RD (49)
5 Adam Sikora F 17 20222 2nd RD (63)
6 Bobby Trevigno F 23 unofficial
7 Rider Kurczak c 19 2021 3RD RD (75)
8 Brett Berard F 19 2020 V RD (134)
9 Cali Visanin F 19 2021 Fourth Fourth (106)
10 Bryce McConnell Parker c 18 2022 3RD RD (97)

Analysis of the high expectations of the New York Rangers

New York Rangers predictions
Dylan Garand participates in Rangers Prospect Development Camp at the Rangers Training Facility in Tarrytown on July 12, 2022. Image Credit: © Frank Becerra Jr./The Journal News/USA TODAY NETWORK

Brennan Othman: He easily ranks as the New York Rangers’ best player and doesn’t even feel close. The 19-year-old was a force in 66 games for the Flint Firebirds with 50 goals and 97 points. Usman added 6 points in 6 matches in the WJC to help Canada win the gold medal. However, what sets him apart is his physical play as he bumps into everything in sight. Knowing he can put points is one thing, but seeing him play the game aggressively will be the key to breaking the Rangers roster someday…soon.

Dylan Garand: In his fifth season with the Kamloops Blazers, he was named CHL Goalkeeper of the Year. Garand was excellent with a 34-9 record and 4 lockups. His GAA was 2.16 and his .925 SV% was good for second place in the WHL. Although he wasn’t tested early on in the WJC, Garand was sharp in the semi-finals and finals for Canada. He finished the tournament with a perfect 6-0 record, boosted by 1.98 GAA and 0.925 SV%.

Will Quill: a powerful big winger who has proven to be more than just a tail six player. Last season for the Windsor Spitfires, he scored 43 goals and 80 points in 59 games. Cuylle was also a major contributor to the Canadian WJC’s run as he scored 4 points in 7 matches. His future with Rangers could one day be in the mid-six. Will it be this season? This is one of the biggest questions heading into training camp.

Matthew Robertson: He’s probably the best defensive man in the NHL in the organization. Weighing in at 6-4 and 201 pounds, he’s just the right size for adult play. Robertson scored 11 points in 65 games for the Hartford Wolfpack, and could still develop into one of the top 4 defenders.

Adam Sikora: One of the youngest potential players in the Rangers system at the age of 17 appears to be doing quite well. Last season, he scored 10 goals and 17 points in 46 games with Nitra. He added 2 goals in 5 matches with Slovakia in the Hlinka Gretzky Cup 2021-22 and scored a goal in 4 matches in the WJC. Sykora has been advertised as being a tough auditor who gets to flog his opponent. That was on full display at the development camp and WJC.

Bobby Trevigno: Rangers have had their eye on this understated star from UMASS for quite some time and signed him in March. Last year in the NCAA, he collected 48 points in 36 games, including 20 goals. He was also named College Hockey News Player of the Year. Trivigno is perhaps the most prepared potential NHL player on this list.

Rider Kurczak: He’s an attack-minded player who scored 79 points in 68 games for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL in 2021-22. His 54 assists drove the team and he is easily the best potential position for Rangers in my opinion.

Brett Berard: It’s quick on the front check and has some wheels. Bearard will enter his junior year at Providence College, where he scored 38 points in 36 games last season. The Blueshirts haven’t signed him to a junior contract, but he believes he has the talent to play the bottom six at the NHL level.

Kali Visanin: He plays in the TPS in the Finnish top league (Liga) and scored 5 points in 32 matches last season. Admittedly, I didn’t think much of his game until I saw him at the last WJC. Although he scored only 2 points (1G -1A) in 7 matches, his play in the three regions helped Finland win the silver medal. Keep an eye on this big forward, who tilts the scales at 6-4′ and 181 lbs.

Bryce McConnell Parker: The two-way center scored 23 goals and 49 points in 68 OHL games during the 2021-22 campaign. He added 5 more points in 10 playoffs. McConnell Parker is a big kid at 6-1′, 194 pounds, and plays both sides of the disc well. Given how poor the rangers’ pool of potential was in the center, he immediately became a top 10 lead in my eyes.

1994 Deadline Trade remains the largest in the history of the New York Rangers

NHL News and Rumors. NHL news and rumors

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: