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According to Hockey's Future, the Rangers rank 11th overall in the NHL their prospect pool, which is a fairly respectable number.
What it fails to mention is how great a coaching staff the Rangers' AHL affiliate—the Connecticut Whale—has as they are led by coach Ken Gernander.
The Whale play the same style as the Rangers, easing the prospects into the pro game should their number get called to play with the big club. Having the ability to plug in players where needed is how teams are able to be good for seasons on end.
Going into training camp, the Rangers will be looking to add more youth to their lineup. Prospects such as Ryan Bourque, Christian Thomas, and Tim Erixon will all be looked at as contributors and could all see significant time with the Blueshirts if they have stand-out training camps.
The prospect depth continues as Dylan McIlrath, J.T. Miller, and Andrew Yogan will all be on the horizon for New York. Don't count out Jesper Fast, the 20-year-old Swede who recently signed an entry-level contract with New York, as a contributor for the Rangers next season. His speed and offensive ability could be used while sniper Marian Gaborik recovers from shoulder surgery.
Want a dark horse for next season? Michael St. Croix.
The Rangers fourth-round pick from 2011, St. Croix had an amazing season for the Edmonton Oil Kings, puttuing up 105 points (45 goals, 60 assists) in 72 games. At just 19 years old, St. Croix may be two to three years away, but will be someone to keep an eye on in September.
What New York's prospect pool lacks are a power play quarterback defenseman, top-six center and a future No. 1 goalie. However, the future still looks to be very good for New York and will be vital to their success in 2012-13.