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Top 5 New York Rangers Prospects

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Top 5 New York Rangers Prospects

Top 5 New York Rangers' Prospects
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The New York Rangers are a team who will be entering into this season with a "win sooner rather than later" attitude.

After taking a step backwards last season by getting eliminated in the second round of the playoffs, the Rangers will make it their goal this season to make up for last year and get back to the Eastern Conference Finals like they did in the 2011-12 season, and this time hopefully take some steps forward by going to and winning the Stanley Cup in 2013.

Before you say anything, let me be clear that I am not making any guarantees but all I am saying is that the Rangers are not a team looking to rebuild, as they have players in place. (some of which still need contracts)

Thus, the Rangers should not have to depend on many prospects this upcoming season but rather in the future. However, with time constantly flying by, why not take a sneak peek and see the potential of what the future Rangers' have to offer?

With the Rangers lack of secondary scoring over the years, why not just look and hope that at least one of these guys on this list is the answer? I mean, there is no harm in looking ahead and thinking positive, especially in hockey's offseason which is where hopes run high, right? But I digress.

Now while every team has many prospects in which they rank from best to worst, I will just make this short and simple by ranking what I think to be, and with some help from “Hockey’s Future,” the Rangers' top five prospects going into this season.

So click next and find out the names you might not know right now but should in a few years time.

Steven Carollo is a New York Rangers’ and sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook, connect with him on LinkedIn, and join his Google network.

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5. Dylan McIlrath

Dylan McIlrath
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Dylan McIlrath, according to the website Hockey’s Future, “is a nasty, in your face NHL defenseman, who won’t back down and can clear the crease for his netminder. Not afraid to fight or just intimidate, McIlrath has a good shot and his puck distribution has been improving, but he needs to improve his skating and defensive positioning.” I had to quote that because I absolutely love that analysis. McIlrath plays an intimidating style that I like but with his skating and defensive positioning a question mark, which is extremely important when being a defenseman, McIlrath only makes No. 5 on this list.

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4. Jesper Fast

Jesper Fast
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Jesper Fast is said to have great hockey sense, forecheck capability and some offensive upside. Playing most of his career in Sweden, but now with the Rangers' AHL team, the Connecticut Whale, Fast should be seeing some playing time with the Rangers at some point this upcoming season and is definitely a must-watch prospect.

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3. Oscar Lindberg

Oscar Lindberg
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Oscar Lindberg has not played in the NHL or with the Rangers as of now, but I think will very soon. He has played in Sweden for his entire career, is only 21 years old and is said to be true center in every sense of the word, makes great plays, steps up in big, pressure situations and has great awareness and a high hockey IQ. Another big plus, which I think is one of the most important features when looking at a player, is his work ethic and Lindberg’s is said to be great. From what I am hearing about Lindberg, I think this young man could be the real deal but we shall see soon enough.

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2. J.T. Miller

J.T. Miller
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J.T. Miller has also shown in his limited time with the Rangers that he has a really good shot and can handle the puck like an experienced veteran. He is also a good face off man, which the Rangers have seriously lacked over the past few seasons, and is a good two-way player. All of this shows why Miller should be in the NHL for a very long time. But while the website Hockey’s Future ranks him with the best probability of success in the NHL, I still have not seen enough of Miller to give him that distinctive honor on this list, which is why for now he will stay at No. 2.

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1. Chris Kreider

Chris Kreider
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Chris Kreider is what you would call a “power” forward. In the past two postseasons with the Rangers, he has shown he has a nose for the net and a goal scorers’ shot to go with it. The only question mark so far with Kreider is in inconsistency, as he failed to take his playoff success from two years ago into his first regular season with the team. With a new coaching staff at the helm for the Rangers in 2013-14, and another year of experience for Kreider, we will see if he can put together a great and consistent regular season with the Blueshirts like we all think he is capable of.

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