Originally written on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 11/9/14
Corey Pronman over at ESPN Insider feels that Rangers prospect Tim Erixon is the best drafted defense NHL prospect...

Tim Erixon, D, New York Rangers

Erixon broke camp with the Rangers but has taken the elevator up and down between New York and Connecticut since then. When he has been in the NHL he's struggled while facing low-quality competition. While one can simply look at his numbers -- 19 points in 22 games as a 20-year-old defenseman -- and assume he's doing great, his numbers don't praise his performance enough. Erixon is logging huge minutes and playing at a very high-end level at both ends of the rink. His puck-moving skills and overall hockey sense are true plus abilities and he looks like the kind of player who will be able to play versus the opponents' better players and still keep the play flowing in his team's favor.


Erixon's main issue is he has needed to adjust to the North American physical game and get his body up to par. Once that happens, I think he'll start to fly up the Rangers' depth chart. Those who watched the World Juniors may think Brandon Gormley, Dougie Hamilton or Jonas Brodin is the best drafted defense prospect, but in my opinion it is currently Tim Erixon."

...with the assumed departures of Eminger, Woywitka and maybe Stralman there should be ample opportunity for Erixon to make the Rangers roster out of camp again next year. But hopefully for Erixon, he'll stick around.

...i don't have ESPN Insider so big time H/T to reader Lowell H.

In other prospect news, after being named WHL "Player of the Week" on Monday, Michael St. Croix (4th - 2011) was also named CHL "Player of the Week" yesterday.

H/T to reader @Landewebshow.

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