There’s been some Hockey News Love for a Ranger? Has the world ended? No, in fact there hasn’t been any love, but at least some solid exposure for one of the Rangers brightest prospects.
A regular column in THN is ‘The Hot List’. Players that the magazine/website is looking forward to seeing enter the NHL. On August 30th the Hockey News included Tim Erixon in their latest offerings and as the feature player no less.
While the article doesn’t analyze or comment on Erixon’a readiness or upside, they do note that he played with other blue chip defensive prospects back in the SEL, such as David Rundbland and recent Devils pick Adam Larsson. Playing with such players as well as going on a deep playoff run in the SEL will have helped Erixon’s development enormously and the Rangers can only benefit from such experience. THN also made the (obvious) connection of Tim’s father Jan being a Ranger in their article.
While this article isn’t ground breaking, it is pretty good to see a Ranger make the ‘hot list’. After all, the Rangers have one of the better prospect pools in the league (say others, not just us). We should be reading these more often, but we won’t gripe too much – nice exposure for a good prospect.
Erixon’s chances? It appears he may have a place to lose. Brendan Bell is surely a depth signing/contingency plan; Eminger is a depth player and given all the hype about Erixon’s ‘NHL readiness’, it seems he’s ahead of the likes of Valentenko and Kundratek entering camp. We shall see.
Needless to say, Erixon making the team from camp also gives the Sweden trip (for the opening weekend) another sub plot and surely would add to the likely local support for the Rangers given their Swedish flavour.