Rangers’ Prospects Season Review: Lundkvist, Schneider, Skinner & More


It’s no secret the New York Rangers have an abundance of expertise of their system. Some would argue they’ve the most effective prospect pool in the whole NHL. Whether or not you’re feeling that manner or not, there’s no argument towards them being loaded with up-and-coming future NHL’ers. With gamers like Vitali Kravtsov and Zac Jones, who had been on the prime of the prospect report month in and month out throughout the season and who subsequently cracked the Rangers’ lineup and contributed sooner or later, the Rangers have others who’re poised to crack the lineup as properly subsequent season.

Vitali Kravtsov, New York Rangers (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

With gamers like Nils Lundkvist, Braden Schneider, Hunter Skinner and extra; the Rangers entrance workplace and training employees could have some large selections to make come coaching camp and over the following couple of seasons. Let’s check out this yr’s prospects that made some waves as we head into the low season.

Nils Lundkvist

Nils Lundkvist gained the Salming Trophy because the Swedish Hockey Leagues’ (SHL) finest defenseman. He led all SHL defensemen in objectives with 14 and added 16 assists. The Rangers’ 2018 first-round draft decide is presently enjoying for Crew Sweden within the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Latvia. Lundkvist has a aim and 4 assists in three video games up to now. Lundkvist is unsigned, however that can most likely change quickly.

Braden Schneider

Braden Schneider signed an entry-level contract with the Rangers close to the top of a stellar WHL marketing campaign with the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Blueshirts known as him up, and he performed two video games with affiliate Hartford Wolf Pack and recorded one help.

Braden Schneider Brandon Wheat Kings
Braden Schneider of the Brandon Wheat Kings (Tim Smith)

Whereas enjoying with the Wheat Kings this season, he had 27 factors in 22 video games. Schneider is representing Crew Canada on the World Championships. He’s performed three video games with no factors as of but, and Canada is 0-3 to this point.

Hunter Skinner

Hunter Skinner, the 2019 fourth-round, 112th total decide of the Rangers, made some waves whereas enjoying within the ECHL and earned himself an entry-level contract with the Blueshirts. Shortly after that, the 6-foot-3, 182-pound defenseman from Wyandotte, MI, discovered himself enjoying with the Wolf Pack. Since then, he’s performed 10 video games within the AHL, scoring a aim and an help. He was additionally a part of Crew USA’s World Junior Championship crew final December. Skinner was anticipated to start out and play within the OHL this season or return at any time when they bought again up and working, however that by no means occurred; the Rangers signed him and introduced him to Hartford as an alternative. The loopy 2020-21 season definitely labored out in his favor.

Matthew Robertson

Matthew Roberston has climbed up the Rangers’ prospect chart as of late. Over the past couple of months, he’s been a mainstay within the prime 5. He helped the Edmonton Oil Kings win the WHL’s Central Division by scoring 22 factors in 22 video games whereas posting a league-leading plus-26. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound defenseman was the Rangers’ second-round decide in 2019 and may begin the 2021-22 season with the Wolf Pack.

Lauri Pajuniemi

Lauri Pajuniemi is a 6-foot, 196-pound, right-wing enjoying for TPS (Liiga). The Finnish-born ahead helped TPS get to the ultimate sequence of their playoffs and recorded eight factors in 13 playoff video games.

Matthew Robertson New York Rangers Draft
Matthew Robertson, New York Rangers, 2019 NHL Draft (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers)

Pajuniemi notched 38 factors in 48 regular-season video games. He was additionally plus-12. The 16 assists this season had been a career-high for the Rangers’ 2018 fifth-round decide. He additionally added 38 PIMs (Penalty Minutes).

Ty Ronning

Ty Ronning had 10 objectives and eight assists in 18 video games this season with the Wolf Pack. Ronning, son of former NHL star Cliff Ronning ended up third on the crew in scoring. He’s a smallish right-wing at 5-foot-9, 170 kilos, and was drafted within the seventh spherical by the Rangers. Ronning hails from Scottsdale, AZ.

Dylan Garand

Dylan Garand spent a lot of the 2020-21 season with the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL. He was 11-3 with a 2.48 goals-against common (GAA). The Rangers’ 2020 fourth-round draft decide additionally recorded two shutouts. He was known as as much as the Wolf Pack after the Blazers completed their season and appeared in two video games whereas permitting 5 objectives. He’ll more than likely be again with Kamloops subsequent season.

The Magnificent Seven

These 4 defensemen, two forwards, and goalie confirmed the Rangers’ scouts and entrance workplace their price this season. With a productive low season and powerful coaching camp, we may even see just a few of them at MSG quickly. Or a few of them could also be dealt to bolster the present lineup. Both manner, all of those prospects made an impression this season and look to be within the NHL sometime quickly.


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