Thursday, November 4, 2010

Link: Sather Chats with ESPN's LeBrun about Homegrown Talent; My Thoughts

For any of you who missed the article by Pierre Lebrun of ESPN this morning check the story out Rangers' homegrown players making mark as it delves into how the "youth movement" or as I prefer to think of it "homegrown movement" has progressed for the Rangers over the past few years and is showing fruit this year, with more stock maturing on the trees to come.  There is the obvious talk of Stepan as the rookie for this season and Kreider as a future guy, but it was interesting to see Sather mention some guys that I like to follow and talk about more than most of the mainstream press does in Roman Horak and Carl Hagelin.  I agree that both have the potential to be big contributors for the Rangers down the line.

The only real gripe I have with the article is the claim that the Rangers still have a glaring need at center and that there is no number 1 here.  I disagree obviously because I believe that Anisimov is a number 1 caliber center and I think he is proving that each game this season.  For some you are only a number 1 if you are a big name that is paid like one and sure there are better guys out there than Artem, but that does not mean he is not a number 1 caliber center.