September 11, 2020

Rangers Roundup: Blueshirts top Athletic’s prospects list, Rykov notches assist, and more

Kaapo Kakko on loan? (NYR)

The New York Rangers prospect pool is once again one of the top teams in the NHL. According to Corey Pronman of the Athletic they are the best of the best, with Hudson River rivals NJ Devils at two.

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New York Rangers top prospect pool

New York Rangers prospects
Matthew Robertson at Traverse City (Getty Images)

You know the names, Kakko, Kravtsov, Miller, Lundkvist, and the name that will put them over the top, Alexis Lafreniere. The Rangers prospect pool is deep and has even more future potential with names like Robertson, Jones, and Henriksson.

Yegor Rykov picks up a helper

Rykov is a solid two-way defenseman who is good in his own zone and is capable of moving the puck up the ice. He is not afraid to take risks and plays an aggressive style of hockey which relies on his skating ability.

On the defensive side, his gap control is probably his strongest asset. He often reads the play so well that he prevents zone entries and forces turnovers. Rykov’s ability to play both the left and right side gives the Rangers a little more flexibility.

Of course, with the Rangers loaded on defense they could use Rykov as a trade chip this October.

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