Mar 11, 2014; Raleigh, NC, USA; New York Rangers forward Derek Stepan (21) checks the Carolina Hurricanes forward Jiri Tlusty (19) into the boards during the 3rd period at PNC Arena. The Carolina Hurricanes defeated the New York Rangers 3-1. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Rangers' Roundup: 3/12/14

Good morning New York Rangers fans! It’s the morning after a game day and it’s not a good one as the Rangers lost 3-1 last night to the Carolina Hurricanes. Did you miss the game or do you need a recap? You can check it out here. Now that we’ve got that taken care of, lets get to the news.

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The Rangers loss last night was not so much about the scoreboard, but it was about the effort that the players put on the ice. The Rangers didn’t play like a team that wanted to win, after the game last night, a few Rangers had some words about their effort tonight and even the newest Ranger had some choice words, check that out here.

Lets move to something more positive, one of the best things we’ve seen from the roster since the return from the Olympics is the play of Derek Stepan. The one thing the team has needed is for it’s first line to step up, and Stepan has begun to do that and it’s helped the team tremendously, check that out here.

Now, everyone knows that the Rangers have a team that can contend, but what does their prospect pool look like? How does the Rangers prospect pool match up against that of other organizations? Well, if you’re curious there’s a break down of all the team’s prospect pools and their rankings here.

So, with all the news we’ve got here lets enjoy it and be prepared for the Rangers upcoming back to back in Minnesota and Winnipeg! Have a good day everyone!

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  • Pivot

    The Rangers prospect pool has dried up a little but only because some of their top young players are already in the NHL. I’ve seen them ranked by some sites in last in the NHL and I’ve seen them ranked in the middle. They have some nice players overseas that aren’t taken into account. Buchnevich is gonna be a star if he comes here from KHL. Nieves is a big Centerman in College. The Rangers are a little thin on the Blueline. I’d like to see them move up in this years draft and take a young NHL ready Dman.
    The game last night was a disaster. They looked like they won that game by just showing up. The Cains showed them otherwise. I give Carolina credit. They gave the Rangers nothing in the 3rd period and even tallied a 3rd goal to put the game out of reach. They fall back into a 2-3 trap with 3 guys back which slows the oppositions entry into the zone even turning the puck over. The Rangers better get their “A” game back for a stout defensive team in Minnisota. They have also had trouble beating Winnipeg the last 3 years. So I’d get my big boy pants on if I’m a Ranger and figure out a way to play a solid 60 mins on Thirsday.

  • JessRubenstein

    Thin on the blueline? Google Brady Skjei of Minnesota, Ryan Graves of Val-d’Or and even Connor Allen or Dylan McIlrath of Hartford. First question you should always ask the person writing a prospect review is are they directly watching the prospects in question or are they simply looking at a page that says “in the system” and reading their stats?

    Yes the Rangers need to add to their depth among their prospect pool but so does every other NHL team