- The Rangers farm system is very deep for the for the first time in a while. The Rangers have some serious potential that could either be the core of the team for years to come or be traded for larger pieces. Each prospect is progressing somewhat this year and it’s time to look at what the Rangers have and start planning for the future. While it’d be nice to see everyone on the Rangers roster be homegrown, it’s near impossible that happens.
Chris Kreider- He’s cooled off a bit of late but he’s still playing to a point a game, with 25 points in 25 games. The fact he plays at Boston College might have some effect on his stats as well for maybe the worse. No doubt about it though Kreider is the real deal and I only trade him for a real deal guy like a Bobby Ryan. My opinion on that is if Kreider has the potential to become Ryan, wouldn’t you want the proven player in Ryan instead?
Christian Thomas- After a terrible start to the season and a lengthy suspension, Thomas has really picked up his game. Thomas has 41 points in 34 games. He likely won’t reach his numbers from last year, but he is still progressing as a player. Still some questions remain if he can play at high level in the NHL due to his size (He’s only 5’9 and 165 pounds). Thomas has some potential to play the first line in the NHL, but would more likely be a 2nd line top 6 forward kind of guy. I only trade Thomas at this point in a package deal for a solid top 6 guy in the NHL. He doesn’t have to be an All-Star but he can’t be no slouch either.
Tim Erixon- He has a few games under his belt at the NHL level, and to be honest didn’t look great in them. He didn’t make too many mistakes but he just looked very inexperienced. He is doing great with the Whale though having 20 points in 24 games, with a reasonable minus 4 +/-. Actually, considering how bad the Whale are doing right now, it’s actually pretty impressive he’s only a minus 4. Erixon has a great deal of potential and can be a first or second pair guy at the NHL level. I don’t think the Rangers trade Erixon right now unless it’s to get a big fish like Shea Weber. Erixon has the potential to make a guy on the Rangers blueline like Michael Sauer expendable.
That’s a wrap for the prospects for part 1 of this series. Stay tuned for tomorrow because I will cover Dylan Mcilrath, Michael St. Croix, And J.T. Miller. Be sure to follow me on twitter @Matt_J1.