The 2017-2018 New York Ranger prospect season got off to a thud as Ty Ronning score the only goal for his Vancouver Giants as they dropped their season opener to the Victoria Royals 7-1. It was a pretty ugly loss for Ronning and his teammates who are looking to rebound from last season’s last-place finish. This was obviously not the kind of start they were hoping for.
Ronning the Ranger’s 2017 seventh-round pick is wearing an “A” on his uniform this season as he hopes to earn his Rangers entry-level contract with a strong season. Ironically Ronning is playing on a line with a former Ranger prospect Brad Morrison who the Rangers chose not to sign last year.
Ronning’s goal came at 19:52 of the second period as he finished off a “two-on-one” breakaway but by then the game was already a 4-0 lead for the Royals. Ronning’s goal is in this clip from sendtonews.com. The goal starts at 1:43 as Morrison taps in the nice pass from former Ranger prospect and now linemate Brad Morrison.
This season looks to be rather quiet for us in North America with very few prospects expected to play either in the CHL or NCAA. The Rangers have drafted several European players as well as keeping some 20 years old players possibly for Hartford will allow us to go more detailed on those in North America but they can still return at least three of the prospects back to the CHL so we shall see how the year breaks down.
This is our 14th season of prospect coverage and sadly I wish I can say things have improved for the Rangers but while it looks like the Rangers have some talented youth, the pool is still very empty. Yes, Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil are talented but they are going to need to grow up fast which is not fair to them.
Pray that the Rangers stay very healthy this season as there could be a huge dropoff in talent at Hartford.