Rangers Roundup: Blueshirts future among brightest in the NHL, info on next podcast, and more

The New York Rangers have a bright future. This is fairly obvious with the likes of Igor Shesterkin, Adam Fox, Kaapo Kakko, and Alexis Lafreniere to name a few.

Over at The Athletic they looked at every NHL teams and ranked where they would sit three seasons from now.

New York Rangers ranked third best future team

A panel at The Athletic looked at all teams a gave them a rating for the following factors:

  • U25 core and prospects
  • Management and coaching
  • Ownership and market
  • Salary Cap Situation

When it was all said and done, the Rangers (8.0) ranked third overall barely behind the Toronto Maple Leafs (8.2) and the Colorado Avalanche (8.2).

A rival executive was recently chatting about the Rangers and their collection of young talent, predicting stardom for Alexis Lafreniere, while admiring young defensemen like Adam Fox and Tony DeAngelo. There was certainly a hint of jealousy in his voice when he talked about how the Rangers are able to land players in free agency. It’s only going to get easier now because the hardest part is over. The rebuild landed high-end young talent. The Rangers made the toughest decisions with veterans of another era. It’s about to get really fun in New York.

The Athletic

Next Forever Blueshirts Podcast

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2020-21 Upper Deck Series One (Upper Deck)

Another episode of the podcast will drop tomorrow as I get you up to speed with all the latest happenings in the NHL and the NYR. As a special treat, I spoke with Upper Deck’s Hockey Brand Manager Paul Zickler and we discussed the hottest hockey card around, Alexis Lafreniere’s Young Guns card. Here’s a preview:

Until then, check out our last show with 1994 Stanley Cup champ, Nick Kypreos.

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