Analysis and Reaction to Rangers Signing Shesterkin and Kravstov

By: Lucky Ngamwajasat

The Rangers continue to add to their deep prospect pool Friday after announcing the signings of Igor Shesterkin and Vitali Kravstov Friday.

Highly touted for years, the 24-year-old Shesterkin dominated the KHL with SKA Saint Petersburg this season. In 28 games, the Blueshirts’ fourth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft posted a 24-3-1 record with a microscopic 1.11 goals against average and a .953 save percentage.

The KHL paid tribute to the netminder with a good-bye message on its English-language Twitter account.

The Rangers documented the moment Shesterkin inked his contract.

Blueshirt Banter contributor Alex Nunn pointed out that Shesterkin’s idol is Henrik Lundqvist. The youngster will now enter camp with the Rangers’ franchise goalie.

Here’s a highlight package featuring some of the best saves from Shesterkin with SKA Saint Petersburg.

The Rangers also signed 2018 first-round pick Vitali Kravstov to an entry-level deal on Friday. The 19-year-old winger was putting up impressive numbers in the KHL with Traktor Chelyabinsk this season.

The KHL also wished good luck to Kravstov, as the youngster begins his journey to the NHL.

In a previous Q&A with, prospect analyst Steve Kournianos had this to say about Kravtsov.

“Well, the Rangers clearly did their homework on Kravtsov, who many believed was a Top-10 pick, but may have been scared off by his commitment to Chelyabinsk in the KHL. His outstanding postseason as a teenager in an elite league like the KHL showed that he’s capable of producing quality shifts against older competition. Plus, his dominant performance at last month’s under-20 Four Nations Tournament in Sweden cemented his standing as one of the NHL’s top forward prospects. Kravtsov has the potential to be a game-breaker for many years to come.”

Our Steve Valiquette broke down Kravtsov’s game earlier this season.

Al Trautwig and Steve Valiquette take a closer look at Vitali Kravtsov's development in the KHL and discuss if the young winger will be coming over to the Blueshirts soon.

European-based Rangers fan @StatBoy_Steven is excited to see the Russian duo put on the red, white and blue Rangers jersey.

The signings capped off a week where the Rangers traded for 2019 Hobey Baker Finalist Adam Fox. The team is also armed with the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.