Future Watch: New York Rangers Hockey Cards, Top Five Prospects – The New York Rangers are loaded with young talent and that means there are numerous players collectors could put on their shopping lists. Here are a few coming straight from Madison Square Garden into your hands.
Alexis Lafreniere was the first overall pick in 2020. That comes with expectations from fans and collectors. Lafreniere isn’t looking bad on the ice. Shots just aren’t falling for him currently. That happens with younger players. He’s 18 and still finding his legs; if his price goes down a smidge while he’s figuring things out with the Rangers, I advise everyone to take advantage of it.
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Kaapo Kakko will build off his ten-goal performance in his rookie season. High expectations are there for him as well, and he looks stronger and faster. Still, the Rangers could have a better center playing on his line, so his numbers may not pop right away, knowing that is important. Let’s see how this plays out for Kakko, he’s a long-term investment for sure.
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Vitali Kravtsov has star potential. With the other young stars in New York, he’s been quietly putting up big numbers this season for Chelyabinsk Traktor in the KHL, putting up 13 goals and 20 points in 40 games. Kravtsov isn’t a pure goal scorer or a pure playmaker, but he can do both effectively with quick hands and terrific vision. Speed is part of his game, and he’ll be in New York before you know it.
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Filip Chytil is ready for prime time. The Czech forward has only played in less than two full NHL seasons. His 27 goals are only scratching the surface. Chytil has good speed, on a 6-2, over 200-pound frame; he can beat you with a one-timer or go into the crease and deposit goals in high traffic areas. This could be a big year for him, in a shortened season, 15 goals would be a successful campaign.
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Igor Shesterkin has the stuff that starting goaltenders are made of. Sophomore seasons can be tough for that position. Just know that his athleticism, puck tracking ability and compete level will help make him one of the best goalies in the game when he reaches his peak. At 25, Shesterkin is close, but there’s still room for him to learn about the league, after all, the Russian hasn’t even played half an NHL season yet.
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There’s a lot of hope on Broadway, and these players are a big reason why that’s the case.
Future Watch: New York Rangers Hockey Cards, Top Five Prospects – Resources
- New York Rangers official website
- Beckett Catalogue – 2020-21 New York Rangers cards
- New York Rangers on Twitter – @NYRangers
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