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If the Rangers are going to go for that home run trade, they will need to include some of their top prospects. It is difficult to speculate who they are willing to part ways with, but there are several who might be on other teams' radar.
Ryan Bourque: This center plays with speed. Bourque isn't known for his goal-scoring touch, but more for his tenacity. He plays a quick game and has no problem going into the dirty areas. He could develop into a solid two-way player and could easily become a top-nine guy.
J.T. Miller: Miller is a guy quickly making a name for himself. He was one of 22 players to make the U.S. World Junior Team. Miller has more of an offensive upside to his game. He is capable of becoming a top-six center by the end of his first season.
Christian Thomas: This right winger has a scoring touch to his game. Couple that with his speed and willingness to battle to get to the net, and that makes him a very dangerous player. What is impressive about Thomas is his character. Thomas could develop into a superstar and have a Chris Kreider-like effect when his number is called.
Tim Erixon: Erixon only saw 18 games with the New York Rangers last year. In his brief time in the NHL, he recorded two assists. Hockeyfutures.com describes Erixon as "a smart defenseman who plays a solid two-way game. He can quarterback a power play, but is not strictly an offensive blueliner. Erixon has a heavy shot, sees the ice very well, passes well and is very responsible in his own zone." Erixon could develop into a top-four defender in the next couple of seasons.
The only issue with prospects is the uncertainty of when these players will be NHL ready. Another risk factor, as we all found out, is they might opt to sign elsewhere when the time comes. It is highly unlikely, but Justin Schultz just left Anaheim to sign a big pay check with Edmonton without ever playing in an NHL game. Although this scenario is uncommon, it could still happen.
Trade Value: B+