B+ / 11th overall
When the Rangers brass announced plans for a significant rebuild in February 2018, fans braced for the long haul. The recent deep playoff runs, led by Henrik Lundqvist, simply would be memories. No one can accurately predict how long a franchise re-engineering – which has included shedding veterans and hiring a new coach in David Quinn – will take. But the critical element is having a bevy of drafted prospects and youngsters acquired via trade who hopefully will produce one day, including promising forwards Filip Chytil, Brett Howden and Brendan Lemieux, who are already on the roster.
1. Vitali Kravtsov (5th overall)
LW, 19, 6-2, 187 – Chelyabinsk (KHL)
2018 draft, 9th overall
Kravtsov is the best offensive player snagged by the Rangers in the fir...
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