Prospect Ramblings – Prospects/Rookies Picking Up Steam

Pat Quinn




Welcome to the Thursday prospect ramblings. I sadly do not have a great rhyme for this week, I apologize. Anyway, anything controversial go on in this last hockey week, I had not noticed.


To start, here is my #GoodTweet of the week

{source}<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Lol I almost believed this one. Then I remembered Fenton is gone <a href=””></a></p>&mdash; Pat Quinn (not that one) (@FHPQuinn) <a href=””>November 9, 2019</a></blockquote>


There is also my awesome gif thread of 2019 Capitals draftees

{source}<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Make sure to check out the gif recap of the Capitals 2019 drafted prospects <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#ALLCAPS</a> <a href=””></a></p>&mdash; Pat Quinn (not that one) (@FHPQuinn) <a href=””>November 8, 2019</a></blockquote>





Vitali Kravtsov (NYR)


Back in the USSR KHL, after an extremely odd start to his NHL/AHL career where the Rangers feel grinders are better for the 2019-2020 squad than more promising young players, and then some healthy scratches in the AHL, Kravtsov is back with Traktor in the KHL. As well as a game for Chelmet Chelyabinsk in the VHL. Kravtsov has two points in three games and is getting a good amount of ice time, albeit on a poor KHL team. Hopefully the Rangers are more willing to give opportunity and him ice time in 2020-2021, as you need to let rookies grow with mistakes.



Speaking of New York Rangers rookies now figuring the NHL out:


Adam Fox

Fox has eight points in his last 10 games as he begins to feel more comfortable on the Broadway stage. His shooting is still sporadic but he is probably the Rangers’ second-best defenseman right now (what the heck happened to Brady Skjei), and he also is not on the 1PP as DeAngelo is running it. I also thought DeAngelo would not be able to stay in the NHL because of how he gets lost in his own zone, but he has sure shown me.


Kaapo Kakko

Since going -4 to the Boston Bruins (coaches care about that stat I do not), Kakko has six points in his last seven games, including a two-goal game where he scored the OT winner versus the Penguins Tuesday. It is good to see him start to get a hold of the NHL game but I feel as though the Rangers line up, and coach Quinn (no relation), will hold him back enough that he settles around the 45-52-point mark.



Well let me stay on the Rangers as I want to highlight:


Nils Lundkvist 

He is essentially the forgotten 2018 first round draft pick that no one seems to talk about (I added him in a keeper in September from free agency, no idea how). Currently for Luleå HF of the SHL he has 10 points in 16 games, the same 10 points he had in 41 games last season. The kid is getting more ice time and showing that he was deserving of that first round selection. I slightly prefer him to K’Andre Miller as well, am I crazy we shall see.





Jonatan Berggren (DET)