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Prospect Report | 10.26.20

by New York Rangers @NYRangers
  • Vitali Kravtsov returned to Traktor's lineup on Oct. 23 against Amur after missing seven games with an undisclosed injury, and he registered a goal, tied for the game-high with four shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating in the contest. Kravtsov also tallied a goal, led Traktor with four shots on goal, and posted a plus-one rating in Traktor's win on Oct. 25 against Amur. The Rangers' first round pick (ninth overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft has recorded 10 points (eight goals, two assists), a plus-eight rating, and 50 shots on goal in 13 KHL games with Traktor this season. Kravtsov has notched a point in eight of the 13 games he has played in 2020-21, including a goal in seven of the 13 contests. He has also recorded four or more shots on goal in eight of the 13 games he has played this season, and he has either led all skaters in shots on goal or has tied for the game-high in shots on goal in six of the 13 contests. In addition, in the 13 games Kravtsov has played in 2020-21, he has tallied a point on 10 of Traktor's 30 goals and has been on the ice for 14 of those 30 goals. Despite missing seven games this season, he is tied for fourth in the KHL in even strength goals (seven) and is tied for eighth in the league in goals, and he also ranks fourth in the KHL in shots on goal per game in 2020-21 (3.8). Kravtsov leads Traktor in goals and even strength goals, and he ranks second on the team in shots on goal this season. Among KHL players who are in their U22 season or younger in 2020-21, Kravtsov ranks first in goals, and ranks second in points and plus/minus rating this season. Kravtsov has also tied his KHL career-high in goals this season (he has recorded eight goals in 13 games in 2020-21; he tallied eight goals in 50 games with Traktor in 2018-19).
     
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Prospect Report | 10.19.20

by New York Rangers @NYRangers
  • Tarmo Reunanen recorded two points (one goal, one assist), including the game-winning goal in overtime, and posted a plus-two rating in 24:27 of ice time on Oct. 16 against K-Vantaa, and he led all skaters with 27:35 of ice time on Oct. 17 against K-Vantaa. The Rangers' fourth round pick (98th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has registered three points (two goals, one assist), a plus-three rating, and 22 shot attempts in three games with TUTO Hockey in Mestis (Finland's second-highest professional league) this season, and he has also averaged 25:32 of ice time per game in the three contests. Reunanen notched 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) and a plus-17 rating in 51 games with Lukko in Liiga last season. He tied for eighth among Liiga defensemen in plus/minus rating in 2019-20. In addition, among Liiga defensemen who were in their U22 season or younger in 2019-20, he ranked first in plus/minus rating, ranked fifth in assists, and tied for fifth in points during the season.
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Prospect Report | 10.12.20

by New York Rangers @NYRangers
  • Nils Lundkvist tallied a power play goal and recorded three shots on goal while skating in a single-game season-high 23:56 of ice time on Oct. 10 against Brynas. The Rangers' first round pick (28th overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft has registered three points (two goals, one assist), a plus-two rating, and 18 shots on goal in six SHL games in 2020-21, and he has averaged 19:51 of ice time in the six contests. Lundkvist's 18 shots on goal thus far this season are the third-most by an SHL defenseman, and he leads all players on Lulea in shots on goal. In addition, he is one of only five SHL defensemen who have tallied at least two goals in 2020-21.
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Recap: Rangers Make Nine Selections in 2020 NHL Entry Draft

Blueshirts Select Six Forwards, One Defenseman, and Two Goaltenders

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

During the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, which was held on Tuesday, October 6 and Wednesday, October 7, the Rangers selected nine players. With their nine picks in the Draft, the Blueshirts selected six forwards, one defenseman, and two goaltenders.

Six of the nine players the Rangers selected in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, including five of the team's first six selections, are Canadian. The Blueshirts selected at least six Canadian players in one NHL Entry Draft for the first time since 2005.

The Rangers entered the 2020 NHL Entry Draft with the first overall pick in the Draft. New York selected first overall in the NHL Amateur/Entry Draft for the first time since the universal Draft was adopted in 1969 (in which all junior players of qualifying age were eligible for selection). The Blueshirts had selected first overall in any NHL Amateur/Entry Draft only once since the Draft was implemented in 1963 (Andre Veilleux in 1965).

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Gorton Answers Questions Ahead of 2020 NHL Draft

Front Office Mailbag presented by GEICO

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

In anticipation of the Rangers' first No. 1 selection of the draft era, General Manager Jeff Gorton answered your questions about the draft, the club's strategy, its biggest needs and its expectations. Enjoy the Front Office Mailbag, presented by GEICO. 

Have you had any initial conversations with Alexis Lafrenière and if so, what have those been like? 

Jeff Gorton: We're really impressed with him. We've had a few Zooms with him. Obviously we've done our homework on him. We've talked to a lot of people around him, and he's a really humble kid that gives credit to everybody around him. He's a good family kid. He works really hard. He's really focused. Obviously he's in a different situation where he's been considered a high pick for a very long time; that's now extended into a few more months, so it's a little bit of a crazy process for him. But I think a lot of the kids in the top part of the draft, they're all great kids - really focused on what they're trying to do, and we've been nothing but impressed.

Are there specific needs you want to address in this draft? 

Jeff Gorton: I think all teams probably have something they want to change. I think we talked a little bit when we came out of the bubble about how disappointed we were with with how we played, and we have to address some things. So we're certainly looking at our team every day and talking to teams and seeing what we can do to address those needs. I like the way we play. I like the way we try to play a fast game, a skill game, and I don't think we want to change that. I think we could add. If you look at the team that wins it all in Tampa and the adjustments they made to be a better team and to win in the playoffs, I think that we're pretty mindful of what they've done and have to keep an eye on that also.

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Andersson Contributes in Start of HV71's Season

Prospect Report | 09.28.20

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

Lias Andersson recorded a point in each of HV71's two games during the past week (one goal, one assist). The Rangers' first round pick (seventh overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has tallied two points (one goal, one assist) and has registered 10 shots on goal in three SHL games thus far in 2020-21. Andersson's 10 shots on goal are the second-most on HV71 and his two points are tied for the third-most on the team through the first three games of the season. He also led HV71 with 12 points (five goals, seven assists) in eight pre-season games this year.

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Kravtsov Extends Goal Streak as Strong Start Continues

Prospect Report | 09.21.20

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

Vitali Kravtsov tallied a goal/point in each of Traktor's three games during the past week, notching five points (four goals, one assist) in the three contests, and he posted a multi-point game in each of the final two contests during the week (three goals, one assist). He tied single-game KHL career-highs with two goals and two points, recorded the game-winning goal, led all skaters with six shots on goal and eight shot attempts, and posted a plus-two rating on Sept. 17 against Vityaz. Kravtsov also played on Traktor's top line in each of the team's three games during the past week. The Rangers' first round pick (ninth overall) in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft has recorded seven points (six goals, one assist) and 32 shots on goal through the first seven games in 2020-21. Kravtsov extended his goal/point streak to four games (five goals, one assist over the span), and he has tallied a goal in five of seven games this season.

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Andersson Tallies Five Points in SHL Preseason Game

Prospect Report | 09.08.20

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Lias Andersson tallied five points (two goals, three assists) to help HV71 (SHL) win its preseason game on Sept. 5 against Linkoping. The Rangers' first round pick (seventh overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has registered five goals in six preseason games this year with HV71, and he has recorded at least one goal in four of the six contests. Andersson registered 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 15 SHL games with HV71 to conclude the 2019-20 season, and he tallied a goal/point in six of the final nine games of the season (seven goals, three assists over the span). He ranked 13th in the SHL (min. 15 games played) in points per game last season (0.80), and he led all SHL players who were in their U22 season or younger (min. two games played) in points per game in 2019-20 (Nils Lundkvist ranked second among SHL players in their U22 season or younger in points per game last season - 0.69).

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Rangers Agree to Terms with Forward Morgan Barron

Rangers' sixth-round pick in 2017 NHL Entry Draft signs entry-level contract

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward Morgan Barron on an entry-level contract. Barron's contract begins at the start of the 2020-21 season.

Barron, 21, skated in 29 games with Cornell University this season, registering 14 goals and 18 assists for 32 points, along with a plus-17 rating and 24 penalty minutes. He was named a First Team All-American, and he was selected as one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in collegiate hockey in 2019-20. Barron was named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year this season. In addition, he was named to the ECAC Hockey First All-Star Team and was a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy League First All-Star Team this season. Barron, who was a tri-captain with Cornell in 2019-20, led the team in several categories during the season, including goals, points, and shots on goal (103), and he was tied for second on the team in assists. He helped Cornell post a 23-2-4 record and win the ECAC Regular Season Championship during the 2019-20 season.

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Amidst Uncertainty, Wall Ready to Get to Work with Rangers

2016 Draft Pick on signing with New York: "A very special day for me"

by Jess Isner

It's a Friday afternoon in May. You put the finishing touches on the last exam of your college career - virtually, of course, because you're in the midst of a quarantine. You file it. Then, an hour later, you officially sign your first professional contract with the New York Rangers.

Just how every NHL hopeful draws it up, right?

"I asked if it would be OK to wait until after I was done with my last exam because with everything being moved online, it was pretty busy the last couple of weeks, studying and doing projects," said Wall, who wrapped up his mechanical engineering degree from UMass-Lowell on May 8th before promptly inking his entry-level deal with the Rangers. "I finished my last exam, and then like an hour later, I was signing with the Rangers, so that was a pretty special day in two respects - being done with school, and then obviously joining the New York Rangers. It was a pretty special day for me." 

It was certainly a special day for both Wall and the Rangers, and one that was not necessarily a foregone conclusion. Wall, who was drafted in the sixth round (174th overall) in 2016, had options. After four full seasons minding the nets at Lowell, he could have pursued his option to explore free agency this summer. 

Instead, he made the choice to commit himself to the team that took a chance on him four summers ago. 

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