Rangers prospect report: 2018 first round picks Vitali Kravtsov and Nils Lundkvist continue to impress

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Nils Lundkvist
Nils Lundkvist

The Rangers have released their latest prospect report, taking an in-depth look at what's going on for some of their highly touted future pieces.

Vitali Kravtsov (Traktor, KHL) was selected with the ninth pick overall back in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, and is continuing to show why he deserved to get drafted in the top ten. He tallied an assist, a shootout goal, five shots on goal, and a logged a single-game KHL career-high 22:04 of ice time on Feb. 5. He would go on to score another shootout goal in 20:39 of ice time on Feb. 7.

Kravtsov has been on the ice for eight of Taktor's 15 goals in the last seven games, and has now recorded a point in five of the last eight games (2-3-5).

Fellow 2018 first round pick Nils Lundkvist (Lulea, SHL) had a power play goal and registered four shots on goal while skating a single-game season-high 25:55 of ice time on Feb. 6. He's has a point in 12 of the last 20 games (5-8-13).

Lundkvist leads SHL defenseman in goals and power play goals (five), and ranks second among defenseman in shots on goal (116).

Here's what else happened for Rangers prospects:

  • RW Lauri Pajuniemi (TPS, Liiga) recorded three goals in two games during the past week, including the game-winning goal on Feb. 2. He has registered a point in 14 of the last 15 games (9-6-15). He leads the league in goals since the start of last season, recording 36 goals and 21 assists in 71 games.

  • Defenseman Tarmo Reunanen (Hartford Wolf Pack, AHL) scored his first career AHL goal, assist, and point in his AHL debut on Feb. 7 against Birdgeport. The 22-year-old from Finland was a fourth round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.