Friday, May 03, 2019
Top Prospect Signings (May 3)
The New York Rangers announced some exciting news, as they have signed a couple of top prospects in their system, coming over from Russia. Most notably, their 2018 1st round draft pick, forward Vitali Kravtsov inked his 3-year entry-level deal and then 2014 4th round pick, goalie Igor Shesterkin got his 2-year entry-level deal.
As a 19-year old, Kravtsov played in his 2nd full season in the KHL, suiting up with Traktor Chelyabinsk and this season he posted 8 goals and 21 points in 50 games, but really made his mark with his international service, 6 points in seven games at the World Juniors for Russia this past holiday season.
The 23-year old goalie has been posting some great numbers in the KHL, going 24-5 with St. Petersburg SKA with a 1.11 GAA and .953 save percentage in the 2019 regular season. There will certainly be a lot of eyes on him in training camp, as the Rangers may be looking to pass the torch before too long in their crease.
It will be interesting to see if either or both of these guys can crack the Rangers' roster out of camp next fall, so they'll be a couple of players to keep an eye on.