Youth can be a powerful weapon.
"These kids don't know they're supposed to lose" is a common cliche when a young underdog puts in a better-than-expected fight against an older juggernaut.
Chris Kreider showed us in the playoffs that the innocence of youth can translate into confidence and results. Young prospects are accustomed to dominating their competition, and until they experience an NHL reality check, they will continue playing with the confidence of a perpetual winner.
The NHL season is still days (realistically, weeks) of negotiation away from starting, so these kids will continue developing and gaining confidence against weaker competition.
Whenever the season does start, here are four players in the system who look to have the best chance of joining the Rangers: