Rangers Prospect development camp Kicked off Day 1
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Now that the NHL draft is over, the New York Rangers get the opportunity to take a look at all of their young talent as the team hosts the Prospect Development  Camp.

Vitaly Kravtsov, K’Andre Miller, Nils Lundkvist, along with the other six selections the organization made in last weekend’s NHL draft are all here, as the New York Rangers kicked off their annual Prospect Development Camp at the MSG Training Center.

The Rangers two first-round picks from the 2017 NHL Draft, Lias Andersson, and Filip Chytil, along with the three players acquired in February at the trade deadline, Libor Hajek, Brett Howden and Ryan Lindgren, will all be on this ice this week as well.

The 36 players invited to camp took to the ice in three different practice groups on Monday. The players will be broken down into teams and the will play in scrimmage games on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, which begin at 10:00 a.m. ET each day.

In reality, 35 players took the ice today, as Lias Andersson was unable to skate in practice as his equipment has not arrived yet from Sweden.

The roster for the camp was announced on Sunday and includes some familiar names such as Gabriel Fontaine, Ty Ronning, Tim Gettinger, Sean Day and Alexandar Georgiev.

The first practice group that hit the ice on Monday morning consisted of  Chytil, Day, Michael Lindqvist, Georgiev and three 2018 draft selections. Those selections being Nico Gross, Joey Keane, and Simon Kjellberg.

Group two hit the ice about two hours later and included Kravstov, Lundkvist,  Howden, Libor Hajek, Ryan Lindgren and Adam Huska in goal.

Kravstov wasted no time showing off his talent as he scored a “soft hands” goal early on in practice.

K’Andre Miller led group three in their practice along with Ty Ronning.

Earlier in the day, Miller showed off his New York Rangers Prospect Development Camp shirt, with this years theme “Count On Us” on the front. Miller is a player many have spoken about as the Rangers traded up in the draft to select him.

Though he will be going to Wisconsin this year, the future looks very bright for him as a Blueshirt.

What the players had to say

Some of the Rangers prospects spoke with the team’s official Twitter account, to talk about how the first day went and their expectations for the future.

Brett Howden spoke how he wants to “makes a good first impression” as he looks for a chance to make it to Rangers training camp in September.

Miller had a tough flight to New York and spoke about the decision to go to Wisconsin next season.

Goaltender Olof Lindbom feels he as a good chance to compete and believes he has an excellent opportunity in front of him.

“I like to compete, and I think I’ve got a chance. I’m excited.”

New York Rangers first-round draft pick in 2017, Filip Chytil, spoke about needing to show the team his best so that he can play in the NHL, and discussed the first time he met new head coach Dave Quinn.

A lot of energy was seen in the ice and in the locker room. This may be one of the best prospect camps the Rangers have hosted in many seasons.

Now if someone can please find Lias Andersson’s equipment, please get that done.

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