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Kakko vaults Rangers to top NHL prospect pool

Posted by Anthony Scultore

Kakko (@NathanGraviteh)

Not so long ago, at an ice rink in a galaxy far far away the Rangers were considered one of the worst prospect pools in the league.

Today, NHL Network has ranked the New York Rangers to the top of the league’s ranked prospect pools. The Rangers have 5 of the top 51 ranked prospects in the league and the future looks bright.

NHL Network on NYR Prospects

Kaapo Kakko and K’Andre Miller were cited in the video above, but with Vitali Kravtsov, Adam Fox, and Igor Shesterkin the Rangers will be a force for years to come.

Chris Drury talks about Kakko and other prized prospects

Drury noted that we should all temper expectations for the 18 year old phenom coming over from Europe into the NHL. Kakko will make an impact but it will still be a process.

In the interview above, Drury had some beaming remarks on Vitali Kravtsov. Citing specifically how highly skilled he is and that while Kakko is getting a lot of the attention he will be one to watch.

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On 8/25/2019 at 3:00 PM, EM31 said:

Really excited about this year.  The division overall got tougher I think.

I love what Hank has meant to this team but personally i thought he was done 2-3 years ago.  We have our own Eli Manning problem here in trying to figure out how to gracefully manage the end of an important player's career without impacting the future of franchise.

 

On 8/25/2019 at 3:19 PM, JustEndTheSuffering said:

I know what your saying about Lundqvist but I think he still has one more playoff run left in the tank. Let’s get him that cup so he can retire. 

I expect they will play Georgiev more this year to keep Lundqvist fresh.

I'm not sure they will make the playoffs, but definitely expect them to be in the hunt.

We are deep in net with Georgiev and Shestyorkin, and will be in great shape once Lundqvist is off the books.

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5 hours ago, EM31 said:

We were "in the hunt" last year for most of the year and I think the natural progression of the kids we already had would have meant we would be better than last year.  With Kakko and the FA additions I think we make a small run this year. Hank may end up being a bigger question mark than you think 

We were in the hunt up till the trade deadline, when they rightfully moved Hays and Zuccarello.

Panarin and Trouba are definite upgrades, and Kakko should be an impact player.

They will be in the hunt again and hopefully one of the kids emerges as a 2nd line center.

They may end up moving Kreider at the deadline and that could hurt.

Hank started well, but played too many games, he is going to play less this season. If he struggles, Georgiev is going to carry the load, unless Shestyorkin is ready to take the reins. If that happens, they may move Georgiev and make Hank the backup.

 

 

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Side note, the addidas authentic jerseys are great. Picked up a practically brand new blue Vesey jersey for $50.

Definitely thinking about getting a white Panarin once they assign the captains.

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16 minutes ago, EM31 said:

And so it may all boil down to Hank's willingness to NOT be "the guy" between the pipes.  I may be completely wrong here but I get the sense that there is a little bit of Curtis Martin in him in terms of not wanting to share the spotlight.  As I said in my original post I think we have a mini version of the the Giants in terms of how they manage/managed the end of a career for a player who has been great for them and the face of the franchise.

Other than this (potential) issue the rebuild went by in a flash and the Metropolitan looks like it is going to a real powerhouse division for a long time with us being a big part of that.

We shall see..

Quinn had no problem benching stars last year, and Hank is on board with him.

It will be interesting how this goes if in fact Hank is struggling.

 

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5 hours ago, EM31 said:

I cannot remember being this pumped in preseason for a while.

A team on the rise!

I have been a fan for over 40 years and never have I seen them build like this.

I love the fact that they did an actual rebuild.

They plugged holes with short term contracts and moved them at the deadline for assets.

They moved aging vets for picks and prospects and stocked the farm system. 

They should keep doing this as they can, until the kids are ready to take over.

They sigened key players at the right side of 30 and will be out of cap trouble in time to resign their top prospects.

I truly enjoyed this, even watching them last year was fun, frustrating at times but still loved it knowing that they were finally building the right way.

I think Quinn did a good job and really got them playing hard. They may not be cup contenders this year, but they will keep getting better.

They look to be building a winning team that will contend for years. I just hope they keep it up.

Rewarding players like Staal and Girardi for past performances is what got them in trouble with bad contracts. They can't do that anymore.

Managing the cap is key to building a winner in todays NHL. I hope they get it right.

That being said, I am pumped too. Can't wait for the season to get started.

LETS GO RANGERS!!!

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On 7/12/2019 at 5:25 PM, 14 in Green said:

I love that Hank wants to play his entire career with the Rangers, but I would’ve traded him before the start of last season. Now? Meh. What do you think we’d get? Would it really be worth doing at this point?

He has a no movement clause, can't trade him or send him down unless he waives it.

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https://www.blueshirtbanter.com/2019/9/10/20857632/new-york-rangers-traverse-city-stock-report-out-foxed-by-kakko

Traverse City Stock Report: Out-Foxed By Kakko

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By Joseph Fortunato@JoeFortunatoBSB  Sep 10, 2019, 12:00pm EDT
 

United States v Finland - 2018 IIHF World Junior ChampionshipPhoto by Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images

Stock Way Up

Adam Fox  Fox was to be the only player in this category, simply to emphasize just how good of a tournament he’s had. Then Kakko Kakko-ed, but more on that in a bit.

Mike and I discussed on the Megashow V3 (Ep. 155) all the reasons why Fox might struggle, but that certainly hasn’t been the case. I marked Fox as a player who wouldn’t see his Opening Night roster spot truly impacted by this tournament; I still think that’s true, but this is as good of a start as Fox could have hoped for.

Coming off a year where he was one of the nation’s best college hockey players, Fox was acquired in a rare “it was OK to knowingly overpay” deal that will likely see Carolina get two second round picks. Expected to make the team out of camp, this tournament has been a good opportunity for Fox to stretch his legs a little. And boy has he.

He was far and away the best player on the ice for the Baby Rangers in a dismal first game that saw totally normal reactions on social media. In the second game, Fox played well to the tune of garnering five points. He was, once again, one of the most noticeable players on the ice day three as well.

It’s very hard to project future success from Traverse City, but you can certainly say it can be something of a building block for kids going into camp. For Fox, it’s been that and more.

Kaapo Kakko  Despite missing the first two games due to an illness, Kakko was able to come out on the third day and simply blow everyone away. He’s an ox, and his size (and ability to effectively use it) is going to be one of the reasons why I think he’ll do well out of the gate with the team in October.

It was one game for a disjointed group that hasn’t played together yet, and Kakko was still that good after joining — even without practicing the few times this team did. That’s talent alone. While we know he has oodles of talent, I was expecting him to have a quiet game against the Wild. He had a quiet 20 minutes, then proved he was the best player on the ice time and time again. (Mike and I gush about him in this week’s podcast — Ep. 156 of the Flagship.)

Three assists — including the primary assist to tie the game with an empty net — before he did this in overtime.

 

Kakko was sick enough to miss the past two games. We didn't know if he was playing today because of residual effects either. He had three assists and this game-winning goal for a four-point day. He looked like he was playing against a U14 team. My word. https://twitter.com/AdamZHerman/status/1171163484589088771 

 
 
 
 

Stock Going Up

Vitali Kravtsov  Much like Fox, Kravtsov has been one of the team’s more noticeable players. At times, like in the highlight below, Kravtsov is playing chess while his counterparts are playing checkers.

 

This assist by Vitaly Kravtsov last night was something else.

 
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At other times — like his back-to-back power play goals on day three — he’s simply better than everyone else. Sure, it’s helps to have Kaapo Kakko on your line, but Kravtsov made a nice career in the KHL by getting to the soft areas of the ice, and this is no different.

 

Another Kravtsov power play goal... another Kakko power play assist. The #NYR pull even

 
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And what a pass by Kakko, right? I mean. What. A. Pass.

Karl Henriksson — Henriksson is a player in this tournament with something to prove. While his Opening Night roster spot isn’t in question (he’s not making the team out of camp), Henriksson is a rare European presence in this tournament. That might have something to do with his current status. Adam clarified that status here.

Frolunda’s J20 team starts Sept. 11, which means Henriksson — who will be playing in today’s fifth place game — will be late to that camp. I do wonder if Henriksson isn’t playing for either an NHL contract with the Rangers this year (where he’ll go to Hartford) or for an AHL contract (where, again, he’ll go to Hartford). I will work to confirm his status (Adam and I have a couple of e-mails out to the right people).

All that said, Henriksson has looked good for this team from day one. His presence in front of the net is solid, and his ability to read plays in transition has helped create a ton of offense. His real skill appears to be his vision, though, and he’s been a wonderful puck distributor for the Baby Rangers.

As things current stand, he’s going to return to Sweden and spend another year in the SuperElit league that he dominated to the tune of 49 points in 45 games last year.

Stock Is Roughly The Same

Igor Shesterkin  Traverse City is not a good tournament for goalies, especially goalies that comes in with enormous expectations. Shesterkin has been fine — probably even good — in this tournament, but it’s near impossible to sift through the madness that was social media after the first game. When your team is constantly giving up odd man rushes it’s hard to really notice the goalie in a good way. I have a very funny feeling we’re going to see Shesterkin challenge Alexandar Georgiev out of camp, or at least midway through the year. This tournament doesn’t change that.

Yegor Rykov  Rykov has looked fine in this tournament, nothing special, but again, it’s very hard to judge defensive players here. Fox has taken a large majority of the special teams reps, rightfully so, but that doesn’t help other guys stand out. Rykov will spend the year in the AHL as expected.

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https://deadspin.com/behold-the-coming-of-kaapo-kakko-1838005462

Behold The Coming Of Kaapo Kakko

Breathe, we’ve almost made it. We’re two days from NHL players taking the ice at training camp; less than a week from the first preseason games; less than a month from the start of the regular season; and just about nine months from Kaapo Kakko winning the Calder Trophy.

Kakko, the 18-year-old Finnish phenom taken second overall in the draft by the Rangers, is already getting his first taste of NHL-ish competition, at the Traverse City tournament. Would it provide him more of a challenge than, previously, Worlds, or World Juniors, or U18s, or the top Finnish pro league? It would not. On Monday, in a 4-3 win against the Wild’s prospects, Kakko assisted on the Rangers’ first three goals, then took matters onto his own stick for the overtime winner.

Yes, that’s a double wraparound. And before the highlight truthers get in here to mew mew mew about how it’s just against prospects, and how there was an illegal pick, and how they’ve seen more interested defense in an all-star game, let’s concede all that. And then acknowledge that this highlight still shows off the best parts of what we’ve been promised about Kakko’s game: his insane stickhandling, his strong feet and crafty hands and keen eye for what’s happening around him, and a near-preternatural ability to avoid being pushed off the puck.

Oh, and he responds well to coaching:

Kakko figures to be a prime mover in New York’s ground-up rebuild, which is moving faster than maybe even the front office planned. Yet—and this feels weird to say, given all his hype and the natural uncertainty about how a teen will develop—Kakko doesn’t feel like a question mark at all.

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11 hours ago, JustEndTheSuffering said:

Panarin scores the first Rangers goal tonight but he’s not going to return after the groin injury. Hopefully just being super careful but if it is serious I hope there’s a return policy. 

Beautiful goal on the power play by The Bread Man. Coach said it was more precautionary that they kept him out, he should be fine.

Rangers looked good, Kaapo Kakko is a beast! Trouba and Fox also great additions. Shestyorkin is coming along.

Rangers - Devils rivalry renewed!

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8 minutes ago, JustEndTheSuffering said:

Did anyone else notice Al Trautwig last night? He looked and sounded horrible. I hope everything things ok. 

If anybody knows what’s wrong lmk. 

Yes, I was horrified when I saw him. I'm praying for him, he looked terrible and sounded awful. He was shaking too, looked like the onset of Parkinson's disease. Kudos to MSG for letting him go on, but it does not look good. :( 

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1 hour ago, JustEndTheSuffering said:

If it is Parkinson’s that would be a real shame. I love Al. And you’re right about MSG, they should let him go as long as he wants to. 

One thing about the Rangers, and JD reiterated it last night. They have a family approach with everybody involved with the team including the fans.

It really shows by letting Al continue to work in that condition, and how they bring in former players to work for the organization, including Nemchinov's daughter to be a translator. :) 

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1 hour ago, The Crimson King said:

So how do they deal with 3 goalies? Are they going to trade Henrik?

Can't unless he waives his no movement clause.

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Tony DeAngelo 3 goals and 2 assists thru two periods.

Brian Leetch is the only other Rangers defenseman to have a 5 point game.

3rd period coming up...

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DeAngelo became the only Rangers defense man to have a 5 point game with a hat trick.

The Rangers are already capable of having a top offense, and they have some tremendous D prospects coming up the ranks.

Lundqvist is a great Ranger, and he earned the right to go out the way he wants to, but at this point it would be better for the team if he would let them move him.

It would be great to keep Georgiev and Shesterkin, if either one of them develop to Hank like status, the Rangers may have a shot at multiple cups.

They have done some good things thru the rebuild, but they also have made some mistakes with moves, picks and prospects.

Hopefully they stay the course and make good decisions going forward, would love to see a dynasty at MSG.     

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https://nhl.nbcsports.com/2020/01/09/new-york-rangers-tony-deangelo-hat-trick/

Rangers’ DeAngelo has one of the most productive games ever for a defenseman

There are only a handful of defensemen in NHL history that have had the kind of game that Tony DeAngelo had for the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

He was one of the many stars in their 6-3 win over the New Jersey Devils thanks to a rather historic performance.

His night: Three goals (his first career hat trick), two assists, seven shots on goal, and he finished as a plus-3.

Just for some perspective on that sort of effort, the only defenders to ever finish a game with three goals, five points, and seven shots on goal in a single game are Bobby Orr (who did it three different times), Guy Lapointe, Denis Potvin, Reed Larson, Paul Coffey, and Rob Blake.

Here is the complete list, via NHL.com database.

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DeAngelo is the first defenseman to have such a game since Blake during the 2000-01 season. He is just the second since the 1985-86 season. He is also one of only five on that list to also finish the game as a plus-3 or better.

Pretty dominant night overall.

Here are the highlights.

DeAngelo is in the middle of a breakout season for the Rangers and is now up to 11 goals and 36 points for the season. Both of those numbers are already new career highs. He has hit those marks in only 43 games.

Along with DeAngelo, it was another huge night for a couple of other Rangers. Artemi Panarin finished with three points for the second consecutive game, while rookie goalie Igor Shesterkin made his second consecutive start and stopped 47 out of 50 shots.

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On 1/20/2020 at 12:22 PM, The Crimson King said:

Tough loss last night, caught in a line change with less than a minute left. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

 

23 hours ago, JustEndTheSuffering said:

That was absolutely brutal. 

Terrible play by Strome

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Sounds like either Lundqvist will be traded or bought out. Trade would be better, but it looks like they will do what they have to to keep Georgie.

Also they are talking with Krieder's agent. Hopefully they can trade him and then sign him to a team friendly deal.

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1 hour ago, JustEndTheSuffering said:

Lundqvist isn't getting traded. He's never going to wave the no trade clause. 

As for Kreider trading him for a nice return and then signing him to a good contract would obviously be great.

You may be right, but right now Lundqvist is the 800 lb gorilla in the room.

Rangers have other capable backups, so if thy do trade Georgie, then Lundqvist is going to be backing up and mentoring Shestyorkin the rest of his time here.

Or they can buy him out.

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11 minutes ago, JustEndTheSuffering said:

The Rangers aren't going to buy him. They're going to let him finish out the contract and Georgiev will be traded unfortunately. 

The cap is going to come into play, they may have to buy him out if they need the 3 million it would save them.

As far as future backups if Georgiev is moved, the Rangers are in good shape with Adam Huska, Tyler Wall, and Olof Lindbom all looking good in the system.

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Shesterkin is the clear cut #1 goalie and it sounds like they are going to ride the season out with him making the bulk of the starts.

Gotta wonder what might have been if they kept him in the NHL straight out of camp, or brought him up after a week of dominating the AHL.

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Great comeback win last night, with Georgie holding the fort. Hopefully Shesty's ankle is OK, if not, it will be interesting to see if they go with Hank tonight.

Big game, if the Rangers are going to make a playoff push, they really need this one. The trade deadline is really going to be interesting if they keep winning.

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3 hours ago, shawn306 said:

I am at the point where I don't want Krieder traded. Sign him to a new deal and let's go.

At some point you have to put the flag in the ground and say the rebuilding is done, now is the time for this team to grow and become a playoff contender. 

I really think at this point Lundqvist should waive his no trade clause and move on. He is basically now the 3rd goalie and if the Rangers can find a buyer. (Colorado ?) they should without a doubt pull the trigger. 

If winning a Cup means anything to Lundqvist then he should waive the no-trade clause. Same thing with Staal. 

Trading those 2 would be great and I hope they are open to it. It does not sound like Krieder contract talks are going anywhere, ideally the Rangers will trade him, and then get him to sign a team friendly deal. I doubt Krieder will go for it though, seeing what The Rangers shelled out to Panarin and Trouba.

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Krieder with another 3 point night, he has 32 points in his last 30 games.

The Rangers started making moves, acquiring Julien Gauthier for Joey Keane and former Islanders goalie Jean-Francois Berube, for future considerations to the Flyers. 

Gauthier has the skills to be an NHL regular, hopefully his hockey IQ improves, he could be a real steal. Joey Keane was expendable and was sold high. 

Gotta think a goalie move is coming, with them bringing in a backup for Hartford, and Lundqvist benched.

Trade deadline is going to very interested, as the Rangers remain in the playoff hunt. 

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