Hockey's Future is currently releasing their organizational rankings and have ranked the Rangers at #17…
Strengths: The Rangers have focused on building a team based on speed over the last five years. Top prospect Chris Kreider was one of the fastest skaters in the NHL during last season's playoffs. New York continues to add defensive prospects, and although several of the young players have graduated to the NHL, the organization continues to have a strong corps along the blue line.
Weaknesses: The Rangers' NHL number one goaltender, Henrik Lundqvist, is one of the best netminders in the league, however, New York has not been able to either draft or sign a successor to groom for the position. Additionally, there is no potential first line center within the system.
Top 5 Prospects: 1. Chris Kreider, RW; 2. J.T. Miller, RW; 3. Dylan McIlrath, D; 4. Jesper Fast, RW; 5. Brady Skjei, D.
…i'm usually very critical when the Rangers aren't in the top 10 of organizational rankings, but I'm pretty much in agreement with HF on this one. After Kreider, there really isn't that super star can't miss prospect in the Rangers organization or a legit heir apparent to Lundqvist. Add in the uncertainty of McIlrath after his injury as well as Skjei's average freshman year at Minnesota and you can see why the Rangers are in the middle of the pack.
…one thing I do have to take issue with is St. Croix somehow not falling in the top 5 prospects. He is easily a better prospect than McIlrath, Fast and Skjei at this point.