"The Rangers have nine prospects who were members of CHL teams this past season, including six forwards, two defensemen, and one goaltender; five play in the OHL, three in the WHL, and one in the QMJHL. In a break from the past, the Rangers have been signing their CHL prospects significantly ahead of the deadline for doing so. Six CHL players were signed to an entry-level contract over the last two months, including three (Jason Wilson, Christian Thomas, and Dylan McIlrath) that were drafted in 2010."
HF then profiles all nine prospects including Wilson, Thomas, McIlrath, Ryan Bourque, Andrew Yogan, Daniel Maggio, Scott Stajcer, Roman Horak and Randy McNaught.
...have I mentioned that I'm excited about the Rangers future?
The biggest problem over the last 15 years is that veterans never had to worry about looking over their shoulder to see if anyone could take their roster spot.
The Rangers are not there yet but will be in the next 2-3 years and ideally we should wish for a Red Wing style farm system where each year they find a way to work in 2-3 rookies to play at the NHL level just in case.
What a change, huh? Remember the 80s, the mid-late 90's all the way up until a couple of years ago? B.S. F.A. signings, patchwork teams made up of ex-Devils and over-the-hill allstars... This strong farm system, It's the only way to win. You need a continuous stream of talent coming up from a healthy farm system. It's the lifeline that keeps an organization stocked with the right combination of homegrown talent and trade-able pieces.
With that said, it's time to see this team spend a string of seasons at the top of the conference. Every other team (with the exception of the Isles and ATL) have had their runs.
I think Bourque, Thomas, Horak, Mcilrath actually make the rangers in the near future. Good to have too many good prospects though. That's a good problem to have.
@TheProspectpark Can't complain about that.
@KingBadaBing Rangers could also trade some of them to take care of a need.