"Missing the playoffs could be something to handle if there was a long term goal that was being built upon. But sadly despite the hype, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan and Evgeny Grachev might have to hope for serious injury or an early exit from playoff contention in order to have a shot at wearing Ranger jerseys for more than a cameo appearance next season."
...i hear what Jess is saying, but a lot of these prospects probably aren't ready for a full time role with the Rangers this season, so getting loads of playing time down in Hartford combined with some "cameo" appearances for the Blueshirts may not be the worst thing.
...i've been on the give the prospects a chance bandwagon all summer, but I think easing them in while fine tuning their game in Hartford is probably the best way to go. Plus lots of contracts are up next year including Dubinsky, Callahan, Boyle, Prospal, Frolov, Gilroy and Emminger meaning there should be plenty of room for increased playing time with an eye on 2012 (when Drury, Avery and Rozy come off the books) for these guys to play a serious role.
...maybe I'm naive but I do think the Rangers have a long term goal for our prospects and I for one am excited for it.
...what do you think? Do the Rangers have a long term goal for their prospects?