Which prospects have an opportunity of constructing the Rangers’ roster?

We’re tantalizingly near real-life, players-on-the-ice hockey. Or at the very least hockey apply, and after almost three months of ready, we’ll take what we will get.

So far as the Rangers go, the prospects-only portion of coaching camp, which begins Wednesday, might be extra attention-grabbing than such a factor deserves to be for a group that was two victories away from the Stanley Cup Closing in June. That’s partially because of the abundance of younger gamers acquired within the franchise’s current rebuild and to the salary-cap casualties that occurred over the summer season, which doubtlessly may see a number of the youthful gamers competing for a roster spot.

The conservative math on the group’s eventual 23-man roster provides us 17 names to put in writing in pen and 6 extra to pencil in — with room there for another person to seize a spot, notably at ahead. The maths right here assumes good well being.

The 17 roster locks are as follows: Igor Shesterkin, Jaroslav Halak, Adam Fox, Jacob Trouba, Ryan Lindgren, Okay’Andre Miller, Braden Schneider, Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, Vincent Trocheck, Barclay Goodrow, Filip Chytil, Kaapo Kakko, Ryan Reaves, Sammy Blais, Alexis Lafreniere.

From there, it feels a comparatively protected assumption that Zac Jones, Libor Hajek, Vitali Kravtsov, Julien Gauthier, Ryan Carpenter and Dryden Hunt might be part of the group on opening evening, although it’s not out of the realm of risk that they’re crushed out (or, in Kravtsov’s case, that all the state of affairs blows up once more). Hajek, Jones and Gauthier would wish to clear waivers if assigned to AHL Hartford, making that state of affairs extra unlikely.

Jonny Brodzinski’s considerably pedestrian play final season has left him combating amongst a gaggle of different prospects to win a spot on the Rangers’ opening evening roster.

That leaves a handful of names attempting to beat that group out, notably at ahead: Brennan Othmann, Will Cuylle, Jonny Brodzinski, Tim Gettinger, Bobby Trivigno, Gustav Rydahl and Jimmy Vesey, who was signed to a PTO final week. Had Nils Lundkvist not requested a commerce, he could be within the combine with Jones and Hajek for the final spot on the blue line. Matthew Robertson has an outdoor shot to beat out both of these two, however that appears unlikely as of now.

Who has the perfect likelihood to make it?

Of that group, Brodzinski and Gettinger are roughly recognized commodities with the Rangers. Each have been with the Blueshirts for chunks of final season, and didn’t do a lot to show they deserve to hold onto a spot. Vesey, who began his profession on Broadway, might be an intriguing storyline as soon as the veterans hit the ice, and has doubtless carried out sufficient to show he needs to be on an NHL roster. Whether or not that’s the Rangers’ roster, although, is one other query.

Rydahl, 28, is a wild card. The Swede has spent his total profession enjoying in his house nation, however has the prospect to beat out Carpenter for the 4C spot.

So, of the varsity hopefuls who will hit the ice for 2 prospect video games in Pennsylvania this week, Cuylle, Othmann and Trivigno are those to observe.

Based mostly on the group’s improvement camp, Cuylle — whose acquisition was a pleasant bit of labor by former basic supervisor Jeff Gorton (Cuylle was chosen with a second-round choose acquired from the Kings in Oct. 2020 in alternate for Lias Andersson) — is the favourite among the many group.

Will Cuylle #27 of Canada warms up prior to the game against Finland in the IIHF World Junior Championship on August 20, 2022 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
After a stable season within the OHL and a productive stint on the world junior championships, Will Cuylle may very well be enjoying at Madison Sq. Backyard this fall.
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At 6-foot-3, 212 kilos, Cuylle has an NHL-ready construct and will match onto the group’s backside six. He’s coming off an 80-point season (43 targets, 37 assists) with the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires, and has some AHL expertise because of the OHL’s COVID-induced break in 2020-21. He was additionally part of Canada’s World Junior group over the summer season, scoring twice with two assists in seven video games.

If we have been placing collectively odds, Othmann could be second behind Cuylle on the board, however with a ways between them. As The Publish’s Mollie Walker wrote final month, placing Othmann onto the NHL roster comes with some issues. He isn’t eligible for the AHL, would doubtless have to flip to his off facet — whereas Cuylle naturally performs on the left — and appears behind Cuylle to start with, notably if the function in query is one within the backside six.

Nonetheless, the sixteenth total choose in 2021 outscored Cuylle within the OHL final season with 97 factors and on the identical Canadian World Junior group with six factors. He may need a better NHL ceiling, and if that involves fruition throughout camp, then enjoying on opening evening will shortly grow to be a part of the dialog. In any other case, he’ll doubtless begin the yr with the Flint Firebirds.

Brennan Othmann #78 of the New York Rangers skates against the Boston Bruins at Madison Square Garden on September 28, 2021 in New York City.
Brennan Othmann has proven the type of goal-scoring contact elsewhere that the Rangers would possibly discover too engaging to not embrace him on the roster.
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As for Trivigno, he’s a really lengthy shot to be on the roster sheet in opposition to the Lightning on Oct. 11, nevertheless it’s not unimaginable. After scoring three factors in 11 video games at Hartford after signing an entry-level contract out of UMass final April, Trivigno appears a greater candidate for a midseason call-up than to make the roster out of camp.

Who else deserves watching this week?

Left wing Adam Sykora, the group’s second-round choose in July, will presumably play this season with HK Nitra in Slovakia, however will take part in rookie camp and tops our record right here.

Brett Berard, one other left winger, who heads into his junior season at Windfall Faculty following a lackluster World Junior match (one level in 5 video games) might be one to keep watch over as properly. Goaltender Dylan Garand is unlikely to be the group’s starter anytime quickly with Shesterkin in nets, however begins his entry-level cope with the Rangers this season after successful CHL Goaltender of the 12 months with the Kamloops Blazers final season and gold on the World Juniors with Workforce Canada.

Dylan Garand #31 of Canada prepares to make a save during the game against Switzerland in the IIHF World Junior Championship on August 17, 2022 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
In serving to Workforce Canada win gold on the world juniors, Dylan Garand seems to have the makings of a promising NHL goaltender, which isn’t a spot the Rangers have open proper now.
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Lastly, heart Bryce McConnell-Barker, the group’s third-round choose in July, had a stable 49 factors with the Soo Greyhounds in 2021-22, and heads into his age-18 season with an opportunity to show heads.

Shesterkin’s workload more likely to develop

Surprising to anybody who didn’t assume the Rangers could be enjoying so deep into the postseason — which is nearly all people — Igor Shesterkin completed final season with 73 begins between the playoffs and common season.

In bringing in Jaroslav Halak to exchange Alexandar Georgiev because the No. 2 goalie, Chris Drury is betting that Shesterkin can shoulder a fair higher workload ought to the Rangers make one other run.

Goaltender Jaroslav Halak #41 of the Vancouver Canucks warms up prior to the game against the Florida Panthers at the FLA Live Arena on January 11, 2022 in Sunrise, Florida.
Jaroslav Halak’s arrival this summer season doubtless means extra minutes for Igor Shesterkin in objective this fall and winter.
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Halak, 37, has not began greater than 30 video games for the reason that 2019-20 season with the Bruins, making him unlikely to equal Georgiev’s 28 begins in the course of the common season. After the best way Shesterkin carried out down the stretch within the playoffs, with a .933 save share in opposition to the Lightning within the convention finals, there’s not a lot motive to assume that needs to be a difficulty. Nonetheless, the state of affairs deserves watching because the early a part of the season unfolds.

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