The New York Rangers have been very consistent at making the playoffs over the years. The issue is they haven’t won a championship since 1994 and they don’t have a great farm system either. It isn’t that they don’t know how to draft, the problem is they always seem to be picking either in the middle or late in the first round.
The Rangers are still missing a player than change the complexion of a hockey game. They don’t have a John Tavares, Nikita Kucherov, Evgeni Malkin, or a Johnny Gaudreau on their hockey team. You’re not going to win when Rick Nash and Michael Grabner are the top scorers on the team.
10. Ty Ronning, Forward: Ronning could be a first or second line winger in the near future for the Rangers. Maybe he can develop into a sniper that New York is looking for. Ronning was drafted in the seventh round of the 2016 NHL Draft. In 68 games with the Vancouver Giants (WHL), he scored 25 goals and recorded 28 assists. His plus/minus was -20 which is a major concern. That means Ronning isn’t a very good defensive player. He played in 12 AHL games with the Hartford Wolf Pack. Ronning scored two goals and recorded three assists. His plus/minus was -4. Ronning will probably spend the entire 2017-2018 season in the AHL.
9. Sean Day, Defenseman: Day was drafted in the third round of the 2016 NHL Draft. The Rangers blue line isn’t very strong at the moment, but Day can develop into an offensive defenseman and become a power play weapon. In five games with the Mississauga Steelheads (OHL), he scored three goals and recorded two assists. His plus/minus was 4. In 58 games with the Windsor Spitfires (OHL), Day scored 12 goals and recorded 20 assists along with a plus/minus of 11, but he only played in seven-playoff games and recorded five assists. The Windsor Spitfires won the Memorial Cup. Day was injured for part of the season. He will most likely go back to the OHL this season and develop his game some more. Expect Day to sign an entry-level deal after this season.
8. Neil Pionk, Defenseman: Pionk is a solid two-way defenseman. He played for the Univeristy of Minnesota-Duluth last season. In 42 games, he scored 7 goals and recorded 27 assists. His plus/minus was 24. Pionk is 22 years old and was signed by the Rangers as a NCAA free agent in May. He will probably spend most of the 2017-2018 season in the AHL and he has a lot of upside.
7. Tim Gettinger, Forward: Gettinger is a two-way player and he brings a physical style to his game as well. Getting might only be 6′, but he weighs 220 lbs. In 62 games with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL), Gettinger scored 31 goals and recorded 23 assists. His plus/minus was 26. In 11-playoff games, he scored 4 goals and recorded 3 assists. He was signed to an entry-level contract in May. Gettinger will develop in the AHL, but in a year or so, Gettinger can be a 25-30 goal scorer every year in the NHL.
6. Filip Chytil, Center/Forward: Chytil is a very versatile forward in the Rangers prospect pool. Chytil was drafted 21st overall in the 2017 NHL Draft. He has a very high ceiling and is possibly a major part of New York’s future. In 38 games last season with HC Zlin (Czech), Chytil scored four goals and recorded four assists. His plus/minus was -5. Chytil is currently raw, but once he reaches his potential, Chytil will be a very good player.
5. Aleksandar Georgiyev, Goalie: He is 21 years old and was signed to an entry-level deal by the Rangers. Georgiev will probably make it to the NHL one day and he has potential, but Georgiev is probably not part of the Rangers future plan between the pipes. He is a Russian goalie, but Georgiev played for Tps Turku in the SM-Liiga. In 27 games played, Georgiev’s record was 13-8-4 with a .923 save percentage and 1.70 GAA, along with two shutouts.
4. Ryan Graves, Defense: Graves has played in the AHL for the past couple of years and he will probably be the first man called to New York if one of the defenseman get injured. In 76 games played, Graves scored 8 goals and recorded 22 assists, but his plus/minus was -17.
3. Ryan Gropp, Forward: Gropp is an offensive magician and he played with the Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL). Gropp was one of the reasons why they won the WHL title. In 66 games, he scored 35 goals and recorded 49 assists. His plus/minus was 25. In 16-playoff games, Gropp scored 7 goals and recorded 12 assists. He is also a solid two-way player. Gropp is another goal scorer that the Rangers will need in the future.
2. Lias Andersson, Center: Andersson is going to be a key piece for the Rangers future. They don’t have a lot of centers and this was a great selection made by the Rangers in this past summer’s draft. He was taken seventh overall and this was all due to the fact the Rangers traded Derek Stefan and Antti Raanta to the Arizona Coyotes for this selection. In 42 games with the HV71 Jonkoping (SweHL), Andersson scored 9 goals and recorded 10 assists. His plus/minus was 21. In 16-playoff games, he scored four goals and recorded one assist. HV71 won the championship in seven games over Brynas IF. Andersson has had family members play at the NHL level. He is a very good two-way player and will be with the Rangers for training camp. It will be interesting when he sees NHL action.
1. Igor Shestyorkin, Goalie: Shestyorkin is 21 years old and he is on track to become the next starting goalie for the Rangers when Henrik Lundqvist retires. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 NHL Draft. Shestyorkin is athletic and very reliable. He played with the St. Petersburg SKA in the KHL. In 2016-2017, Shestyorkin played in 39 games. His record was 27-4-6 with a .937 save percentage and a 1.64 GAA, along with 8 shutouts. He only played in five-playoff games, but his team won the KHL title in 2016-2017 against the Metallurg Mg in five games. Shestyorkin wasn’t injured, it was because Mikko Koskinen is also very good. In his five-playoff games, his save percentage was .940 and his GAA was 1.84. The 2017-2018 KHL season has already began and Shestyorkin’s record is 3-0-2 with a .940 save percentage and a 1.48 GAA, along with a shutout.