Around the Farm: Updated Look at Top New York Ranger Prospects

Tom Urtz Jr.Contributor IMarch 14, 2014

Around the Farm: Updated Look at Top New York Ranger Prospects

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    Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

    The New York Rangers do not have any superstar prospects in their farm system, but they do have a good amount of prospects that are worth mentioning. The blue line is home to a few, and there are a number of talented forwards such as Anthony Duclair, Danny Kristo and Oscar Lindberg.

    With that in mind, here's an updated look at the Rangers' top five prospects.

5. Brady Skjei

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    Brady Skjei is a blueliner with serious upside.
    Brady Skjei is a blueliner with serious upside.Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

    Age: 19

    Position: D

    Current Team: Minnesota Golden Gophers, NCAA

    Draft Year: 2012, First Round, 28th Overall


    Brady Skjei is in his second NCAA season, and he has really taken some strides as an all-around player. In 33 games, Skjei has three goals and five assists for eight points, and he has really developed into a solid shutdown defender.

    He is an amazing skater with great movement, and he has the potential to be a solid top-four defender in the future.



4. Dylan McIlrath

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    Dylan McIlrath hasn't lived up to his draft status as of yet.
    Dylan McIlrath hasn't lived up to his draft status as of yet.Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

    Age: 21

    Position: D

    Current Team: Hartford Wolf Pack, AHL

    Draft Year: 2010, First Round, 10th Overall


    Dylan McIlrath received a brief stint in the NHL earlier this season, but he has spent the rest of his 2013-14 season in the AHL.

    McIlrath was a No. 10 pick back in 2010, and he is one of the only top players from that draft that has yet to make a sizable impact in the NHL.

    There is no denying the physicality of the 6'5", 230-pounder, but he has not added offense to his game. In 45 games, McIlrath only has 12 points, and this is disheartening when you consider how hard his slap shot is.

    The jury is still out on McIlrath, and hopefully he can step his game up soon.

3. Oscar Lindberg

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    Oscar Lindberg was acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes.
    Oscar Lindberg was acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes.Scott Levy/Getty Images

    Age: 22

    Position: C

    Current Team: Hartfford Wolf Pack, AHL

    Draft Year: 2010, Second Round, 57th Overall


    Oscar Lindberg has quietly had a decent rookie season in the AHL, and he is a player that should make the New York Rangers' roster next season. Lindberg is a quality two-way defensive center who is a faceoff specialist, but he has added some offense to his game this season.

    In 59 games, Lindberg has contributed 37 points for the Hartford Wolf Pack. Lindberg has some average size at 6'0" and 185 lbs, and he should be able to transition to the NHL very soon.

2. Danny Kristo

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    Danny Kristo has had a decent season.
    Danny Kristo has had a decent season.Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

    Age: 23

    Position: LW

    Current Team: Hartford Wolf Pack, AHL

    Draft Year: 2008 Second Round, 56th Overall


    In Danny Kristo's first season playing in the AHL in an extended capacity, he has 33 points in 48 games. Kristo has been injured over the last month, and that is why he hasn't been able to pile up as many points as possible.

    This is only a minor setback, and once healthy he is a player that could potentially be a future call-up for the Rangers. 

1. Anthony Duclair

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    Anthony Duclair has had an amazing season.
    Anthony Duclair has had an amazing season.Bill Wippert/Getty Images

    Age: 18

    Position: LW

    Current Team: Quebec Remparts, QMJHL

    Draft Year: 2013, Third Round, 80th Overall


    Anthony Duclair has had quite the season in the QMJHL, and he could be a real steal for the Blueshirts in a few years.

    Duclair currently has 50 goals and 49 assists for 99 points in 59 games, and he may fall just short of 100 points. The Canadian sniper currently is out of the lineup with a concussion, and the rest of his season appears to be in jeopardy.

    There are a couple of years until Duclair will be in the NHL, and hopefully this injury won't prevent him from reaching his potential at the NHL level.