In the 2018 Hockey News Future Watch issue, the Rangers are ranked 24th overall and given a grade of a "C+."
Last year the Rangers were ranked 29th and had a grade of a "D+."
In a list of the top 100 prospects, the Rangers have:
- Lias Andersson: 14
- Filip Chytil: 15
- Igor Shesterkin: 43
- Libor Hajek: 73
Tony DeAngelo is listed as the Rangers 5th prospect, Brett Howden is 6, Ryan Lindgren is 7, Neal Pionk is 8, Adam Huska is 9 and Yegor Rykov is 10th.
Last year's Rangers Top 10 in the Future Watch issue featured Shesterkin at 1, Huska at 2, Sean Day at 3, Boo Nieves at 4, Brandon Halverson at 5, Ryan Graves at 6, Ryan Gropp at 7, Tyler Wall at 8, Tim Gettinger at 9 and Gabriel Fontaine at 10.
For more on where the prospects acquired at the deadline were in previous years, click HERE.
At TSN, Craig Button had three Ranger prospects ranked in his top 30.
- Igor Shesterkin ranked 9th
- Lias Andersson 13th
- Filip Chytil 27th
In January, Corey Pronman had Filip Chytil ranked 11th, Lias Andersson as an honorable mention and Igor Shesterkin ranked 3rd among goalies. (The Athletic)
The Hockey News Future Watch 2018:
- Lias Andersson: 2018-19 - "Skilled yet gritty, Andersson is relentless in puck pusuit and a natural leader. He's the role model of how we want to play," said Swedish coach Tomas Monten
- Filip Chytil: 2018-19 - "He's a good stickhandler with instincts. 'He has adjusted well, said Keith McCambridge. You can see him becoming a difference-maker, he's learning to use his size effectively."
- Igor Shesterkin: 2019-20: "The heir apparent to Henrik Lundqvist, Shesterkin has all the tools - great reflexes, superb lateral movement, a quick glove and focus similar to that of 'The King.'
- Libor Hajek: 2020-21: "Physical blue liner who logs big minutes, just as he did for the Czech Republic at the WJC. The book remains out on how much offense he can bring, but other elemtns of a potential top-4 defenseman are there for Hajek. He was one of the Czech's best players every game, said Tampa Bay Director of Player Personnel Stacy Roest. His skaitng has come along, he's bigger, he's thicker and his defending is good."
- DeAngelo: feisty but controlled, a right handed shot, he's an asset with promise.
- Brett Howden: Kill's penalties, wins faceoffs, chips in offensively and his skating has come along."
- Ryan Lindgren: Pules up numbers for ice time, hits, blocked shots, zone starts, but not offense."
- Neal Pionk: Strong-skating righty with a ticked one-timer. Character, compete level and grit are all high."
- Adam Huska: Sloval stopper was lefit team MVP candidate as a sophomore. Hurt his wrist in January
- Yegor Rykov: He's a poised puck moved but must be more agile, Not leaving KHL anytime soon."