Monday, August 8, 2011

Rangers' Prospect Thomas, Miller, McColgan All Playing Well In WJC Evaluation Camps

Over the weekend all three New York Rangers prospects participating in evaluation camps had success in their scrimmages.  On Saturday Christian Thomas scored a goal and yesterday during Team USA camp J.T. Miller and Shane McColgan played big roles in a White team victory.  USA hockey tweeted that Miller had two goals in the game while McColgan scored the lone shootout goal of the game.

The expectations for Thomas and Miller were that both would have good camps and they appear to be doing just that in hopes of securing a spot on the Team Canada and Team USA respective WJC rosters.  McColgan playing well is a bonus and shows why many feel he can end up being a great value selection for New York in the fifth round of the 2011 draft.

The depth of the Rangers system is quite impressive when you think about Thomas, Miller, McColgan in addition to Kreider, McIlrath, Hagelin and Tim Erixon.  To have a system that deep and having high end potential only furthers the enthusiasm for the organization in the future.  The organization has made moves this summer to give the team a better chance to win now, while only continuing to add to the depth that can help the team in the future.  The fact that they have balanced the desire to win now without sacrificing anything significant from the future is the most impressive aspect of what Glen Sather and company have done this summer.