The New York Rangers acquired one step nearer to their completed product when extremely touted prospect Vitali Kravtsov made his NHL debut Saturday night time in opposition to the Buffalo Sabres. The Rangers misplaced in a shootout, Kravtsov performed 14 shifts and had a game-low 10:45 time on ice. He had some high quality flashes to his recreation, almost scoring a game-winner. It could have been an ideal manner for him to cap off his first NHL recreation however it was not meant to be. Regardless, that recreation signified him formally turning into an NHL participant and the Rangers took one step nearer to graduating one other prospect.
One other First Spherical Choose Arrives
Kravtsov has had excessive expectations ever since his choice on the 2018 NHL Entry Draft because the ninth total decide. He arrived in New York after one other season stuffed with private success with Traktor of the KHL. In 49 video games, Kravtsov put up a career-high 16 objectives and eight assists for a career-high 24 factors. He completed seventh on the workforce in factors but additionally first in objectives, regardless of lacking 10 video games on account of harm. The 21-year-old then added two objectives and two assists in 5 playoff video games to guide the workforce.
He does have some expertise taking part in in North America from his 39 AHL video games final season. He had six objectives and 9 assists for 15 factors throughout that point and labored on rounding out his recreation and regaining the boldness he misplaced from being reduce from the workforce on the finish of final season’s coaching camp. This can be a superb hockey participant right here with top-six upside and a few very excessive hopes. One yr is a very long time for such a younger participant, now that he’s on the large stage it’s his time to indicate how far alongside he has come.
The Rangers added one other extremely expert winger who gives sturdy offensive instincts and a high quality shot. Over the course of his KHL season, he confirmed a capability to attain objectives in quite a few other ways which is strictly what the Rangers may use. His recreation is continuous to develop and taking part in significant NHL minutes will little question assist him turn out to be a extra full participant. With the present line shuffle happening, he has gotten bumped all the way down to the fourth line for now, which might see him play in sheltered minutes. (From ‘David Quinn’s Rangers shuffles looking for second line match,’ New York Submit, April 5, 2021). David Quinn has shuffled his traces fairly often so Kravtsov may see himself again into the highest 9 sooner somewhat than later.
Extra Items Possible on the Approach Quickly
Kravtsov’s arrival to the NHL stage is little question thrilling for the Rangers group and followers however there’ll possible be different prospects additionally on their approach to the large stage within the close to future. By this time subsequent yr, the Rangers may have Nils Lundkvist and Morgan Barron as full-time NHL gamers. Barron is at the moment 22 and Lundkvist is simply 20 – it will be one other sturdy infusion of youth to an already very younger workforce. Barron has been placing up nice offensive numbers with Hartford of the AHL with eight objectives and 4 assists via 13 video games and may already be prepared for the NHL. Lundkvist has but to signal his entry-level contract however it’s trying possible that he does after this season.
Lundkvist is one other very extremely touted prospect who is anticipated to be a robust offensive power for the blue line. The hope is that Lundkvist may be the ultimate piece of a younger and deadly prime 4 on the Rangers blueline. Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren have already established themselves as a professional prime pairing regardless of each gamers being of their second season. Okay’Andre Miller is having a robust rookie season and has persistently been on the workforce’s second defensive pairing with Jacob Trouba. Add Lundkvist into the combination and that could be a very strong defensive corps, particularly if he can work properly alongside Miller.
Barron is extra of a longshot however with the best way he’s scoring within the AHL, he may simply earn himself a call-up. Barron is exhibiting he might be the following Rangers late-round gem as a former sixth-round decide again in 2017. He’s a giant heart who makes use of his measurement properly on the puck and will supply sturdy scoring depth sooner or later. His improbable begin to his first season as knowledgeable hockey participant is basically encouraging. He may not have the identical influence as Kravtsov or Lundkvist but when he does fill a task within the backside six, the Rangers will little question chalk that up as a win. Barron was not anticipated to be a needle-mover when he was drafted however now he is among the extra thrilling prospects in a really deep pipeline.
Constructing a roster to contend for the Stanley Cup isn’t a straightforward factor to do, particularly while you attempt to get many core items via the draft. The Rangers have achieved fairly properly to this point and acquired one step nearer to that contending roster. Kravtsov is a vital piece for the Rangers – they acquired him to the NHL, now they need to develop him into the participant they hope he can turn out to be.
Presently a author for the New York Rangers, College of New Hampshire alumn