Although depleted due to the graduation of several high-profile young players to the big club over the past five seasons or so, the New York Rangers still have a somewhat solid group of prospects within their system.
During the Gordie Clark era, the organization has done well to select strong players without choosing high in the draft. For example, Chris Kreider was selected 19th overall in 2009, Derek Stepan went 51st overall in 2008, and Carl Hagelin was the 168th selection of the 2007 draft.
Last summer, the Rangers were without a selection in the first two rounds, but selected three promising forwards in the third round—Anthony Duclair, Pavel Buchnevich and Adam Tambellini. The organization is confident all three can follow in the footsteps of the numerous second- and third-rounders the team has utilized since the 2004-05 lockout.
As is the case with any club’s prospect pool, some players have more upside than others. In the modern game, a team’s success depends greatly on whether or not their young players with high potential manifest into solid NHL stars.
In the Rangers’ system, there are a select few who have the potential to become high-profile players in the big league.
We’ll take a look at the prospect who has the most upside at each position in the Rangers system.