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April 2019 update of the Top 10 Kitchener Rangers Prospects heading into the 2019-2020 season.
Francesco Pinelli was TheScout.ca’s 6th ranked player overall in the 2003 age group and surprisingly fell to the Rangers at 13th overall in the draft. The Toronto Red Wings product is a high-end 200 ft. center with elite skating and playmaking attributes. Pinelli leads the way as the Rangers top prospect, and while he just fell short of the top 10, his brother Anthony will also be in the mix to crack the roster next season.
2019 second-round pick Roman Schmidt is one of the most curious cases of all OHL eligible prospects. A towering 6’5” defenseman with outstanding puck-moving and two-way ability, Schmidt is a dual-citizen who holds a commitment to Boston University and also has a spot on the U.S. National U17 team should he choose that route. His second-round selection however gives confidence to Rangers fans that they will see him in a uniform.
Recent signing Simon Motew was an excellent pick in the fourth-round this year and projects to be a swift-skating, puck-moving rearguard in his career.The Rangers also have an older group of prospects who are narrowing in on roster spots with the likes of 2018 draft selections Joseph Serpa and Kyle Van Compernolle having put themselves in good position with strong follow up seasons.
Kitchener hasn’t been afraid to draft players with NCAA commitments the last couple of years and the likes of Caden Brown, Declan McDonnell, Simon Mack and Carter Schade would all be in this top 10 if they were indeed OHL bound. Brown, the son of Jeff Brown and brother of Logan, is the highest ranked of that group given his OHL bloodline ties.
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