New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club will hold the 2013 Prospect Development Camp, Monday, July 1st - Friday, July 5th, at Madison Square Garden Training Center. The camp will bring together several of the team's top prospects, including J.T. Miller, Christian Thomas, Michael St. Croix, Brady Skjei, and Dylan McIlrath.
Miller, 20, split last season between the Rangers and the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL). He made his NHL debut on February 5 at New Jersey, and registered his first career NHL point with a two-goal performance two days later on February 7 against the New York Islanders. He became the first Ranger, rookie or otherwise, to register a multi-goal game in his Madison Square Garden debut since Chris Kontos on January 3, 1983, and the youngest Ranger to tally a multi-goal game since Alex Kovalev on December 27, 1992. In 26 games with the Rangers, Miller recorded two goals and two assists, including his first career NHL assist on February 21 at Ottawa.
He also registered eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points, along with 29 penalty minutes in 42 AHL games with Connecticut. Miller represented the Whale at the AHL All-Star Game on January 28, and finished the season ranked third among team rookies in assists, tied for third in points and ranked fourth in goals.
The East Palestine, Ohio native represented the USA at the 2013 World Junior Championship, leading the gold medal-winning team with seven assists and tying for first with nine points. Miller was originally the Rangers' first round choice, 15th overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Thomas, 21, registered 19 goals and 16 assists for 35 points, along with 15 penalty minutes in 73 games with Connecticut. He ranked third on the team in goals and shots on goal (148), fourth in power play goals (five), and tied for fourth in points. He also led all Connecticut rookies in goals and points, and ranked second in assists. His 19 goals tied for seventh among AHL rookies. In addition, Thomas made his NHL debut with the Rangers on February 23 at Montreal, registering two shots and three hits in the contest.
The Toronto, Ontario native was originally the Rangers' second round choice, 40th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
St. Croix, 20, established postseason career-highs with 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points, along with 14 penalty minutes in 22 playoff games with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He led the team and ranked third in the WHL in playoff points, and ranked second in the league in playoff goals to help Edmonton advance to the Ed Chynoweth Cup Final. During the regular season, St. Croix registered 37 goals and 55 assists for 92 points, along with 36 penalty minutes and a plus-30 rating in 72 games. He led the team in points, and ranked second in goals and assists. He also ranked seventh in the WHL in points, tied for ninth in assists, and 16th in goals.
The Winnipeg, Manitoba native was originally the Rangers' fourth round choice, 106th overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
McIlrath, 21, registered five assists, 125 penalty minutes and a plus-seven rating in 45 games with Connecticut (AHL) last season. He tied for sixth on the team in plus/minus rating and ranked third in penalty minutes. McIlrath recorded his first career professional point with an assist, and tied his single-game career-high with a plus-three rating on January 15 at Portland. He also posted a career-high, two assists on March 24 against Binghamton.
The Winnipeg, Manitoba native was originally the Rangers' first round choice, 10th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Skjei, 19, tallied one goal and two assists for three points, along with 14 penalty minutes in 36 games with the University of Minnesota of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) last season. He registered his first career collegiate point with an assist, and added a power play goal in a 7-1 victory on October 13 against Michigan State. Skjei made his collegiate debut on October 6 against Lethbridge.
The Lakeville, Minnesota native was originally the Rangers' first round choice, 28th overall, in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Availability for the media will occur following the players on-ice training. The players are scheduled to appear on-ice at the following times:
- Monday, July 1 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM; 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
- Tuesday, July 2 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
- Wednesday, July 3 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
- Thursday, July 4 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
- Friday, July 5 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM