Date of Birth: April 30, 1991
Place of Birth: Boxford, Massachusetts
Ht: 6-02 Wt: 205
Position: Left Wing
Draft Year: 2009
Chris Kreider is finally delivering the kind of numbers that were expected of him when he first suited up for Boston College. The 2009 first round pick, and arguable the team’s best prospect is scoring at a better than point per game clip, and is being relied on heavily for offensive production by head coach Jerry York.
If Chris continues at his current pace, he would finish amongst the top producers in Hockey East, and have Ranger fans salivating for what may be coming their way in the very near future.
Date of Birth: May 26, 1992
Place of Birth: Toronto, Ontario
Ht: 5-09 Wt: 177
Position: Right Wing
Draft Year: 2010
Christian Thomas had a lot of people talking when he came into camp this summer, and impressed right away. Gordie Clark, and the rest of Rangers brass made the right decision and sent him back down to the OHL for further development where he got off to a slow start.
After serving a 10 game suspension for a high stick, he returned like a man on fire. He seems to have gotten his swagger back, and is scoring at an elite level now. He has a dangerous shot in the slot, which often makes goaltenders look foolish.
Date of Birth: February 24, 1991
Place of Birth: Port Chester, NY
Ht: 6-02 Wt: 190
Draft Year: 2009
The Rangers pulled off a rather big heist this summer, when Tim Erixon refused to sign with the Calgary Flames. While the Rangers paid a rather hefty price to acquire the Swedish blue-liner, they risked having him re-enter the draft, and losing their shot at bringing him into their organization. Erixon started the season with the big club, but after a few games, with limited, sheltered minutes, it was clear the maturation process is not complete enough for heavy NHL minutes.
Rather than thwart his development they sent him to the AHL where he has seen bigger minutes, and increased responsibility. He has handled himself very well, but has been on the shelf for the past few games nursing an injury.
Johnathan “JT” Miller
Date of Birth: March 14, 1993
Place of Birth: East Palastine, Ohio
Ht: 6-02 Wt: 195
Draft Year: 2011
Johnathan Miller has been a more than pleasant surprise this year in the OHL. He was not as highly touted as some of his draft classmates, but is proving himself to be a steal at the middle mark of the draft. Miller has been the best player on the ice more than a few nights for the Plymouth Whalers, who have really hit their stride.
Defensively, he has been incredibly responsible, and his offensive game has been top notch. His play-making ability has complimented his strong work along the boards, and in the dirty areas very well.
Date of Birth: April 20th, 1992
Place of Birth: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Ht: 6-05 Wt: 215
Draft Year: 2010
Due to the nature of his game, Dylan McIlrath is one of the harder prospects to project at the next level. But right now he is a fierce, bruising crease clearer in the WHL. Most forwards would say he is the hardest defenseman to play against, something Dylan takes great pride in. Nicknamed “The Undertaker,” he will drop the gloves (and likely pummel) anyone who is up to the challenge.
Offensively, his game is still growing. His footwork is not bad for a player of his size, and will not be an issue going forward. It remains to be seen what his offensive game could be at the next level, but for now he is doing an amazing job of striking fear into opposing players on the ice.