• Follow us


A Glimpse at the Future Excites the Rangers

STAMFORD, Conn. — In a No. 45 practice jersey, sprinting up ice and conversing with teammates, Kaapo Kakko looked like any other eager rookie at the Rangers’ prospect development camp this week.

But those other prospects were not greeted by a throng of clapping fans at the airport upon arrival in New York. Their every move has not been chronicled on social media since the N.H.L. draft on Friday in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Kakko, an 18-year-old Finnish wing, stands out for more than the speed and power his 6-foot-2 frame could soon bring to the lineup. The No. 2 pick last Friday, he is the highest Rangers draft pick since they selected defenseman Brad Park second in 1966.

The hoopla around him is in stark contrast to what Dave Maloney, a former Rangers captain, experienced in 1974 when he was a first-round pick as a 17-year-old.

Maloney, now an MSG Network commentator, said he merely received a phone call from his lawyer to relay had been chosen by the Rangers.

He said that MSG had a draft show at Madison Square Garden and that fans were chanting Kakko’s name “a half-hour before we even came on the air.”

Maloney recalled that he did not even visit Manhattan for the first time until he and his fellow rookie defenseman, Ron Greschner, were summoned for an exhibition game.

“We got out of our taxi on Seventh Avenue in front of the Garden, and we didn’t even know where to go,” Maloney said.

Kakko has explored Manhattan in recent days. He and the young Rangers were at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night to see the home team edge the Toronto Blue Jays, and they got their first glimpse of the Garden with a group tour on Wednesday.

The entire experience has to feel like a whirlwind for the native of Turku, Finland — population just under 190,000.

“It’s fun to be here, so nice,” he said. “My next goal is to play in the N.H.L. next season. That’s it.”

Kakko has been joined this week by two more pearls in the franchise pipeline: forward Vitali Kravtsov, 19, the ninth overall pick in 2018, and goaltender Igor Shesterkin, 23, a fourth-round selection in 2014. Both have been playing in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League.

All three have a legitimate chance to impact the Rangers this season, which had General Manager Jeff Gorton in a buoyant mood three months before training camp.

“To see them all in the same place, to see the level of players that I think we’ve acquired, it’s exciting for everybody here,” said Gorton, who has had six first-round selections over the past three drafts.

Kravtsov was born in the port city of Vladivostok, more than 6,400 miles from Manhattan. He arrived in the United States two months ago to train and become acclimated.

“This is a big start to my career,” he said. “I’ve seen a lot of Ranger games on TV. I pretty much know every player.”

Kravtsov may need to learn some new names by the time the Rangers open the season at home against the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 3.

The Rangers could make a splash when free agency opens next Monday. Forwards like Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene, Wayne Simmonds and the former Ranger Mats Zuccarello are available.

The Rangers have blueline depth after acquiring Jacob Trouba in a trade with Winnipeg and signing the college standout Adam Fox in the off-season.

Among defensemen with N.H.L. experience, only Brady Skjei is signed beyond 2020-21, and the Rangers have decisions to make on the high-priced veterans Kevin Shattenkirk, Brendan Smith and Marc Staal, all of whom have two years remaining on their contracts.

Their franchise goalie Henrik Lundqvist, 37, also has two years left on his contract, and his 23-year-old backup, Alexandar Georgiev, proved himself worthy of the N.H.L. last season.

But Shesterkin, the same age as Lundqvist was as a rookie in 2005, may be his heir apparent instead. Shesterkin comes to the Rangers with years of international experience; he had a 1.11 goals-against average with 24 wins in 28 games last season for SKA St. Petersburg, a top K.H.L. team.

“Henrik Lundqvist is my idol since I was a little boy,” Shesterkin said through an interpreter. “I very much look forward to seeing him on the ice and learning what he does on the ice. Playing with him someday on the same team, obviously there is some work to be done in that regard.”

In February 2018, in a letter to fans before a trading deadline in which they unloaded several veteran stars, team officials vowed they were “building the foundation for our next Stanley Cup contender.” That promise is starting to manifest on the ice.

A crop of teenagers appears poised to help the Rangers and Coach David Quinn. Forwards Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil, first-rounders from 2017, have N.H.L. experience. A 2018 first-rounder, the 6-foot-5 defenseman K’Andre Miller, is making strides at the University of Wisconsin, where he will return for his sophomore season.

“Our core group has been fun, getting to know the guys coming together before we actually put on the Rangers jersey,” Miller said. “I want to get here — this is the place I want to play.”

Maloney acknowledged that maturation timelines are far different since his teenage years splitting time between the Rangers and their farm team. A top prospect like Kakko is way ahead of the curve.

“These kids are so much savvier now,” he said. “They have been coming to these development camps for years. Same with Kravtsov and same with Miller. These are guys who are the elite. There are good reasons to be excited.”

Rangers Get Jacob Trouba in a Major Deal, Hastening Their RebuildJun 17, 20192019 N.H.L. Draft: Devils Take Jack Hughes at No. 1, and the Rangers Pick Kaapo KakkoJun 21, 2019American Players Rise to the Top in the N.H.L. DraftJun 22, 2019Read More

Leave A Comment

More News

www.espn.com - TOP

Cowboys' Witten: 'Jitters were real' in return New! 2019-08-18 04:32:36Cowboys tight end Jason Witten made his preseason debut on Saturday after coming out of retirement and admitted to having "jitters" in his first gam

Five Rounds: Is Stipe Miocic the greatest heavyweight New! 2019-08-18 04:27:14Stipe Miocic avenged his 2018 loss to Daniel Cormier and regained the UFC heavyweight championship. Our panel breaks down UFC 241.

Lyon's Alex Greenwood, ICC show how quickly women's New! 2019-08-18 03:22:27At 25, Alex Greenwood just started for England in her second World Cup and is the splashy summer signing for Lyon, which seeks its first ICC title.

Navarrete, Magdaleno face different futures New! 2019-08-18 03:15:46Is Emanuel Navarrete the best 122-pounder? He'll be back in less than a month, so whom should he fight? Can Jessie Magdaleno get a title shot sooner

Diaz bests Pettis in first UFC fight in New! 2019-08-18 02:22:59In his highly anticipated return to the octagon, Nate Diaz was dominant in a unanimous decision win over Anthony Pettis.

Miocic knocks out Cormier to reclaim UFC crown New! 2019-08-18 02:05:41Stipe Miocic got his revenge by knocking out Daniel Cormier in the fourth round of their rematch to reclaim the UFC heavyweight championship on Saturd

Rays fan club-record 24, walk 0 in 13-inning New! 2019-08-18 01:30:15Mike Brosseau's pinch-hit RBI single in the 13th inning drove in Eric Sogard to give the Tampa Bay Rays a 1-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday

Week 2 preseason takeaways: Titans QB Marcus Mariota New! 2019-08-18 00:43:57The Titans had to like what they saw from the Mariota on Saturday ahead of a make-or-break season.

Looks like Justin Thomas found his comfort zone New! 2019-08-17 21:24:04Justin Thomas hasn't won in a more than a year. Well, it seems that's about to change -- and he's more than ready for it to happen.

AB takes walkthrough reps, 'didn't miss a beat' 2019-08-17 18:59:32Wide receiver Antonio Brown took part in the Raiders' walkthrough on Saturday and coach Jon Gruden said he could see Brown being a full participant i

Yanks' Boone, Gardner ejected again for ump tiff 2019-08-17 18:33:34Three members of the Yankees were ejected in the sixth inning Saturday with Brett Gardner getting tossed for banging his bat on the dugout roof and CC

Man City and Pep Guardiola denied by VAR 2019-08-17 17:40:55"They have to fix it." Pep Guardiola and Man City were frustrated again by VAR and forced to settle for a draw against Spurs at the Etihad.

Goal.com News -

Rasheedat Ajibade: Nigeria striker scores in Avaldsnes defeat New! 2019-08-17 19:59:26The Nigeria young sensation was on target in her side's first defeat in seven successive games, against Klepp

'A first and a last' - Ligue 2 2019-08-17 19:22:33A referee in France took strong action after hearing ugly abuse being shouted from fans, bringing the action to a standstill for several minutes

Transfer news and rumours LIVE: Sanchez agrees deal 2019-08-17 19:16:16Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and around the world

'We scored the goal we needed, but...' - 2019-08-17 18:54:55Gabriel Jesus had a late winner against Spurs ruled out overturned, and the Brazilian and his team-mates were not impressed by the technology

Wan-Bissaka 'couldn’t have been happier' with Chelsea win 2019-08-17 18:30:51The defender made his official debut for the club as they rolled to a 4-0 victory in their Premier League opener

A-League and Australian football news LIVE: Taggart scores 2019-08-17 18:20:47Your destination for all the daily A-League and Australian football news

'Difficult circumstances' - Pochettino admits transfer uncertainty makes 2019-08-17 18:09:56The Argentine cannot guarantee that several of his key stars will remain at the club as deals continue to be made across the continent

'He is a driver of the group' - 2019-08-17 17:30:00The midfielder struggled to convince large sections of his club's fanbase last season, but his new manager is keen to highlight his importance

Chukwueze scores for Villarreal in eight-goal thriller against 2019-08-17 17:29:42The Nigeria forward opened his goal account for the season as the Yellow Submarines were held in their league opener on Saturday

Chadrac Akolo outshines Victor Osimhen in Lille’s defeat 2019-08-17 17:19:05The DR Congo international bagged an assist while the Nigerian forward started his second game of the season at Stade de la Licorne

'VAR was taking a coffee' - Guardiola frustrated 2019-08-17 16:52:24After seeing his team denied a seemingly clear penalty at the Etihad Stadium, the City manager called for more consistency in applying the technology

EXTRA TIME: Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns fans 2019-08-17 16:32:48There were three matches in South Africa's first knockout Cup competition on Saturday, and we take a look at how the fans enjoyed the action

NYT > Hockey

Rangers Sign Artemi Panarin, a Top Free-Agent Forward 2019-07-01 20:59:58A day after the Knicks failed to land top free agents, James Dolan’s other team, the Rangers, signed a coveted player on what proved to be a fre

A Glimpse at the Future Excites the Rangers 2019-06-29 00:27:58At a prospect camp this week, the team saw their recent draft strategy coming to fruition.

2019 N.H.L. Draft: Devils Take Jack Hughes at 2019-06-23 13:07:26The first pick was no surprise. Hughes, 18, has topped draft lists all year and was named the top North American prospect by N.H.L. Central Scouting.

Devils Acquire P.K. Subban on a Busy Second 2019-06-22 18:42:51A day after taking the American center Jack Hughes with the No. 1 pick of the N.H.L. draft, the Devils landed Subban, a star defenseman, and also righ

American Players Rise to the Top in the 2019-06-22 10:03:43The first round of the N.H.L. draft on Friday was one of the strongest showings ever by American-born players — and not just because of the No.

N.H.L. Draft: The Devils, Sooner Than Expected, Have 2019-06-21 03:00:05The team is expected to select Jack Hughes, an 18-year-old American center, or Kaapo Kakko, an 18-year-old right wing from Finland.

Rangers Get Jacob Trouba in a Major Deal, 2019-06-17 23:05:59To get Trouba, the Rangers traded defenseman Neal Pionk plus the 20th choice in Friday night’s first round of the N.H.L. draft.

St. Louis Blues Claim the Stanley Cup, Ending 2019-06-13 13:54:56St. Louis sat in last place in the N.H.L. standings on Jan. 3 and then beat the Boston Bruins in the Cup finals, soaring to the first championship in

How the Blues Went From Last Place to 2019-06-12 14:57:16On Jan. 3, St. Louis had the worst record in the N.H.L. On Tuesday, the Blues became the Western Conference champions.

Suiting Up Hockey’s Stars, One Stitch at a 2019-06-11 12:07:39A diminutive 86-year-old Italian immigrant in Montreal stands tall among the many hockey players he has dressed.

Stanley Cup Finals Headed to Game 7 After 2019-06-10 00:34:28Needing to survive an elimination game on the road in St. Louis, Boston led for most of the game and ended up with a blowout.

Blues Beat Bruins, but Officiating Takes Center Stage 2019-06-07 12:33:43An official appeared to miss a penalty by a St. Louis Blues player, setting off a sequence that allowed them to score the decisive goal in a 2-1 victo

NBA.com: News

Game Recap: Grizzlies 94, Celtics 88 2019-07-14 02:27:03LAS VEGAS -- The Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Boston Celtics, 94-88, in the first round of the Las Vegas Summer League Playoffs at Thomas and Mack C

Game Recap: Nets 105, Pistons 85 2019-07-14 02:26:48LAS VEGAS -- Jarrett Allen totaled 30 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 105-85 victory against the Detroit Pistons in the Las Vega

Game Recap: Timberwolves 108, Mavericks 82 2019-07-14 02:26:11LAS VEGAS -- Kelan Martin scored 23 points off the bench to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 108-82 victory against the Dallas Mavericks in the La

Summer Standouts, Day 12 2019-07-14 01:49:56A look at top performers from Day 9 of the action in Las Vegas and Day 12 of the overall Summer League:

Game Recap: Rockets 105, Nuggets 96 2019-07-14 00:44:24LAS VEGAS -- Chris Clemons��� double-double and Deng Adel���s team-high 20 points helped propel the Houston

Report: Ben Simmons 'doubtful' to play for Australia 2019-07-13 23:08:00Ben Simmons, who teased a run with Australia at the FIBA World Cup, has become "doubtful" to play in the upcoming tournament, per a report by ESPN'

Game Recap: Magic 85, Bulls 73 2019-07-13 22:53:29LAS VEGAS -- Amile Jefferson totaled 19 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to an 85-73 win over the Chicago Bulls in a Las Vegas Summer

Game Recap: Pelicans 101, Heat 100 (OT) 2019-07-13 22:03:12LAS VEGAS -- The New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Miami Heat in overtime, 101-100, in the Las Vegas Summer League Quarterfinals at Thomas and Mack Ce

Game Recap: Knicks 103, Wizards 87 2019-07-13 20:57:50LAS VEGAS -- The New York Knicks defeated the Washington Wizards, 103-87, in the Las Vegas Summer League Consolation Round at Cox Pavilion on Saturday

Anthony Davis joins Lake Show with an eye 2019-07-13 19:50:18The Tinseltown franchise trotted out Anthony Davis for the obligatory media photo-op, bookended by the typical smiles and gushing praise that represen

Game Recap: Warriors 73, Nuggets 69 2019-07-11 02:40:39LAS VEGAS -- Jacob Evans��� team-high 17 points helped the Golden State Warriors overcome an 11-point halftime deficit and notch

Game Recap: Bucks 84, China 67 2019-07-11 02:36:53LAS VEGAS -- Jock Landale racked up 23 points to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to an 84-67 victory over Team China at Cox Pavilion in a Las Vegas Summer Le

Sports - The Huffington Post

Miami Marlins Apologize For Using Steve Irwin's Death 2019-08-06 09:41:27The MLB team said it was sorry for the “regrettable exchange."

Basketball Star DJ Cooper Banned After Drug Test 2019-08-06 09:30:37The former Ohio University standout was handed a two-year suspension from FIBA for failing a drug test.

Soccer Star Scores, Grabs Mic, Then Tells Congress: 2019-08-05 00:52:47Alejandro Bedoya's message had even rival fans cheering.

Carmelo Anthony Got Candid About Release From Rockets: 2019-08-02 18:03:07The decorated forward told ESPN's Stephen A. Smith he “didn’t understand” where his release came from.

Olympian Ashley Wagner Says She Was Sexually Abused 2019-08-01 11:49:12Wagner's is the latest underage abuse allegation against John Coughlin, who died earlier this year amid mounting claims.

Ex-MSU President, Charged With Lying To Police About 2019-07-31 12:26:01Lou Anna Simon was allowed to retire with benefits and a million-dollar payout even though she is currently facing criminal charges over the Larry Nas

USWNT Head Coach Jill Ellis Steps Down After 2019-07-30 16:54:46The U.S. women's soccer coach led the team since 2014, guiding them to secure back-to-back World Cup titles.

Kyle 'Bugha' Giersdorf, 16, Wins Fortnite World Cup 2019-07-29 05:05:08Fortnite has nearly 250 million registered players and raked in an estimated $2.4 billion last year.

Watch Teen Swimmer Shatter Michael Phelps' Longstanding World 2019-07-24 10:40:20Kristóf Milák blasted Phelps' 200 meter butterly mark out of the water at the world championships in South Korea.

Boxer Maxim Dadashev Dies After Suffering Severe Brain 2019-07-23 14:22:03The 28-year-old leaves behind a wife and son.

Cristiano Ronaldo Won't Face Charges Over Rape Allegation 2019-07-22 15:09:03The soccer star was accused of sexual assault against a woman in a Las Vegas hotel room in 2009.

Francisco Lindor’s Home Run Shows Ball Is Juiced, 2019-07-22 12:18:55An awkward swing produced a fairly mighty blast and further stoked an MLB controversy.

Sports News - UPI.com

Chargers All-Pro safety Derwin James out indefinitely with 2019-08-16 20:12:24 Los Angeles Chargers standout safety Derwin James will be out indefinitely after sustaining a foot injury.

NFL reinstates Patriots WR Josh Gordon; eligible for 2019-08-16 19:25:19 New England Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon was reinstated to the league following his indefinite suspension, the NFL announced Friday.

Mikhail Prokhorov agrees to sell Brooklyn Nets, Barclays 2019-08-16 18:55:29 Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov agreed to sell his remaining 51 percent stake in the Brooklyn Nets and full ownership of Barclays Center.

Seeking the Soul favored in weekend horse racing's 2019-08-16 11:08:15 Seeking the Soul gets the oddsmaker's nod for Saturday's $1 million Grade I Pacific Classic at Del Mar, topping the weekend horse racing agenda.

Watch: Dodgers' Cody Bellinger belts MLB-best 40th homer 2019-08-16 10:39:01 The Dodgers' Cody Bellinger continued his brilliant season by belting his Major League Baseball-best 40th home run of 2019 during a loss to the Miam

Fan injures Liverpool goalie Adrian during celebration 2019-08-16 09:55:41 Goalkeeper Adrian's status is uncertain ahead of Liverpool's Premier League clash against Southampton after the Reds star was injured during a cele

Watch: Ravens QB Lamar Jackson has electrifying run 2019-08-16 09:27:51 Lamar Jackson excited the crowd at M&T Bank Stadium with a mesmerizing run in the Baltimore Ravens' preseason win against the Green Bay Packers.

Watch: Phillies' Bryce Harper rips walk-off grand slam 2019-08-16 08:17:26 Bryce Harper obliterated an inside fastball for a gargantuan walk-off grand slam to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to a dramatic comeback win against

Watch: Redskins get 96-yard INT for TD, Dwayne 2019-08-16 07:47:35 The Washington Redskins got a 96-yard interception return for a touchdown on the first drive of the game during a preseason loss to the Cincinnati Be

Watch: Cardinals' Kyler Murray struggles vs. Raiders in 2019-08-16 07:10:50 Arizona Cardinals rookie quarterback Kyler Murray struggled during a preseason loss to the Oakland Raiders.

Detroit Lions activate DT Damon 'Snacks' Harrison from 2019-08-15 22:47:14 The Detroit Lions removed defensive lineman Damon "Snacks" Harrison from the active/non-football injury list.

Former NFL head coach Jack Del Rio joins 2019-08-15 22:20:08 Former Oakland Raiders and Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio is joining ESPN as an NFL analyst.

Latest All News, All Info,

Dwayne Bravo Parties With "Brothers From India" At New! 2019-08-18 05:15:18Brian Lara hosted players of the Indian team and the West Indies for a party at his residence.

England vs Australia 2nd Test Day 5 Live New! 2019-08-18 04:56:27ENG vs AUS 2nd Test Day 5 Live Score, Ashes 2019: England managed to take a 104-run lead at stumps on Day 4 of the rain-affected second Ashes Test.

India Women Hold Australia To 2-2 Draw In New! 2019-08-18 03:56:55Vandana Katariya and Gurjit Kaur scored for India as they held the World No. 2 Australian team to a 2-2 draw in Tokyo.

NADA to Start Testing Players During Duleep Trophy New! 2019-08-18 03:54:00The BCCI handed the full itinerary of the domestic games for the season, including the dates and venues, so that the NADA can prepare its cricket test

Ashes: Mitchell Johnson, Australia Cricket Union Condemn Boos New! 2019-08-18 03:21:55Mitchell Johnson said people that booed Steve Smith even after he was hit can't be called "cricket fans".

Zinedine Zidane Indicates Gareth Bale Will Stay After New! 2019-08-18 03:16:00Zinedine Zidane said he believes Gareth Bale will now stay, with the Spanish transfer window closing on September 2.

MS Dhoni Ends Stint With Territorial Army: Report New! 2019-08-18 02:04:08MS Dhoni had taken a break from cricket following the World Cup 2019 and joined the the 106 TA Battalion (Para) in Jammu for a two-week stint.

Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma Take India To 297/5 New! 2019-08-18 01:18:38Cheteshwar Pujara retired after making 100 while Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 68 as India reached 297/5 on Day 1 of the practice game against West

"These Are Like My Sons": Justin Langer Defends New! 2019-08-18 00:21:22Justin Langer insisted Australia had not taken an undue risk in allowing Steve Smith to resume his innings.

Premier League: Deja Vu For Manchester City As New! 2019-08-18 00:18:10Manchester City were denied a win when Gabriel Jesus saw a stoppage-time winner disallowed on review for a handball by Aymeric Laporte.

Top Seeds Novak Djokovic, Ashleigh Barty Toppled In New! 2019-08-17 23:26:45Novak Djokovic wilted under pressure from Daniil Medvedev, falling 6-3, 3-6, 3-6 to the ninth-seeded Russian in the Cincinnati Masters semi-finals.

Ashes 2nd Test: Advantage Australia As Steve Smith, 2019-08-17 14:52:46Peter Siddle and Pat Cummins struck twice late on day four to put England on the backfoot in the second Test.


Jeff Withey signs with Ironi Nes-Ziona New! 2019-08-18 05:10:33Withey moves to Israel

Senegal announces final roster for World Cup New! 2019-08-18 04:56:46Senegal announced the 12 players for world cup

Lithuania cuts Bendzius, 14 players still in the New! 2019-08-18 04:32:29Lithuania has to cut two more players

Team USA’s Marcus Smart cleared to play New! 2019-08-18 04:20:38Smart is among the 13 finalists for Team USA world Cup team

France cuts Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot New! 2019-08-18 03:50:49France has to make two more cuts

Spain capture FIBA U16 European Championship title in New! 2019-08-18 02:51:11Spain beat France

Jeremy Lin reportedly in advanced talks with Beijing New! 2019-08-18 02:48:08Lin could be going in China

Matt Mooney inks Exhibit 10 contract with Grizzlies 2019-08-17 16:40:36Mooney played his senior season at Texas Tech, 38 games with averages of 11.3 points, 3.3 assist and 1.8 steals.

Kemba Walker praises De’Aaron Fox: He’s fast but 2019-08-17 16:18:24Walker thinks that the Kings playmaker is the fastest player in the NBA with a basketball in his hands.

USA Basketball Men’s World Cup Team Departs for 2019-08-17 15:06:57The American squad will continue World Cup preparations Aug. 19-24 in Melbourne, Australia, and play a pair of exhibition games versus Australia on Au

Maccabi Tel Aviv announces Tyler Dorsey 2019-08-17 13:56:15Last year Dorsey averaged 9.8 points (36.6% from three), 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 21 games with the Memphis Grizzlies

Ravjon Tucker to sign Exhibit 10 contract with 2019-08-17 13:46:42The guard played for the Bucks at the Las vegas Summer league, averaging 10.2 points and 3.6 rebounds in 5 games.

Disclaimer and Notice:WorldProNews.com is not responsible of these news or any information published on this website.