The purpose of the reconstruction was to store assets, and that's what the Rangers did.
The blues shirts are much more than just what the minors at AHL Hartford have to offer. They have players in the organization that are spread all over the world – from college hockey to juniors to the Swedish and Finnish leagues. Some are obviously more important than others, but all have contributed to a farm system that affects the way the front office approaches the close on February 24.
Training on Thursday will still have three goals ahead of them when the big club emerges from its nine-day break that included the All-Star game and Bye-bye week. Coach David Quinn will continue to have a hard time juggling Henrik Lundqvist, Alex Georgiev and Igor Shesterkin, who played two packs of the wolf pack during the break and continued to achieve excellent results – three goals are allowed on 62 shots while collecting two wins – before being called off on Wednesday.
The Rangers also have Adam Huska, the UConn product and the choice for the seventh round – and you know how the seventh round goalkeepers worked for this club, right? Tyler Wall is also in the system, a sixth classic that is currently one of the best goalkeepers in college at UMass-Lowell.
Is it bad to have five highly advertised goalkeepers? No not at all.
There is also a lot of depth in defense, which makes it palatable to think of the possibility of trading with Tony DeAngelo, a pending free agent who does a huge payday with all the points he accumulates (12 goals and 25 Assisted by 48 games, good for seventh place among NHL defenders). The club has already seen the NHL potential in Libor Hajek, who is trying to regain his shape with the wolf pack after a knee injury that slowed his season on December 5.
But almost every week there is another report about how well Nils Lundkvist does in the Swedish league with 22 points in 30 games as a 19-year-old. The first leg of the first round (No. 28 overall in 2018) could very well fight for a squad spot on the right if he decides to come over next season. Matthew Robertson, the second-round winner of 2019 (No. 49 overall), had a nice first training camp this fall, but suffered a knee injury before returning to his junior team in Edmonton at the WHL – where he is again outstanding.
Tarmo Reunanen also had a nice camp, but returned to his home country of Finland, where Lukko's fourth round in the country's top league is going well. Yegor Rykov, a large chunk of the trade that Michael Grabner sent to the Devils in 2018, is assimilating to North America with AHL Hartford and could very well be with the Rangers by the end of this season.
And arguably the most exciting defensive player is K & # 39; Andre Miller, who may not have had the best World Juniors tournament for Team USA – this sales with Alexis Lafreniere against Canada is still a big grief – but one of the best players in college -Hockey at Wisconsin. The first grader of 2018 (No. 22 overall) might have applied for a roster position this season if he hadn't decided to go back to school in his second year of school. The 6-foot-5,200-pounder could very well be on the opening list in October.
In the front, Morgan Barron and his great Cornell team are making a name for themselves, as the 6-foot, 3,210-pound center could be a second coming from Brian Boyle. Then there is the incredibly talented Vitali Kravtsov, who tries to clarify his reputation after he left for Russia and then returned. And who knows what will become of Lias Andersson, because the number 7 overall is now officially on loan to HC71 in Sweden.
Where do all these players fit in the future of the Rangers? You don't. Gathering an abundance of talent has always been the goal of this reconstruction, and at some point the Rangers will try to make it a winning team.
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