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The New York Rangers agree to terms with a pair of prospects in Igor Shestyorkin and Vitali Kravtsov.

Frank Curto

The offseason is officially underway for the New York Rangers. The team has agreed to contracts with their two top prospects.

Rick Carpinello of The Athletic reported on Monday afternoon that the team has come to terms with Igor Shestyorkin and 2018 first round-draft pick Vitali Kravtsov.

The deals cannot become official until the players’ contracts expire with the KHL on May 1. Both players are expected to come to North America and participate in the Rangers prospect camps on June 21-22.

The addition of Shestyorkin will add to a confusing time for the Rangers goaltending situation. Alexandar Georgiev finished the season playing the best hockey of his young career. Along with the face of the franchise, Henrik Lundqvist, the team will have to evaluate what is best for Shesterkin.

There is a realistic chance that Shestyorkin will be sent to the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack to adjust to the smaller size hockey rinks that are used in North America so that he can fine-tune his skill set at this level.

Vitali Kravtsov, 19-years-old, possesses a great opportunity to start to be on the team’s opening night roster. The Rangers are in great need of a pure goal scorer.

He tallied eight goals and 13 assists in 50 games for Traktor during the KHL season and two goals and four assists in seven games at the World Juniors.

The Rangers have high hopes to get Kravtsov in a lineup that includes Filip Chytil, Lias Andersson and Brett Howden, all of whom has a solid first year in the NHL.

Igor Shestyorkin and Vitali Kravtsov will attend New York Rangers training camp in September.

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