Why the 2012 draft was a clear win

Whether you’re thrilled with the selections of Brady Skjei, Cristoval Nieves, Calle Andersson and Thomas Spelling or not, draft weekend 2012 has to be considered a tremendous success.

GM Glen Sather stuck to his firm declaration following the season: “we don’t trade kids.”

Sather has taken runs at acquiring Rick Nash, Bobby Ryan and Jordan Staal over the last week.  Though many believe that each would look good in blue, it’s the price tag that’s scary to think about.

Players like Derek Stepan, Michael Del Zotto, Carl Hagelin, Tim Erixon and others have been requested as parts of massive packages for each of the superstars and Sather refused to cave in and abandon the franchise’s carefully laid out plan.

The Blueshirts could still use an infusion of offense, there’s no doubt about that.  But Sather deserves a world of credit for remaining patient in the wake of Marian Gaborik’s injury.  He’ll still attempt to upgrade the top-six through a variety of outlets, but Sather is going to do it on his terms.

That means that several youngsters are completely off limits and others will only be parted with if absolutely necessary.

Getting Nash, Ryan or Staal would have created headlines, but Sather’s commitment to youth is what got the Rangers this far in the first place and he has remained steadfast in his vision for the future Blueshirts.

Who knows what Skjei, the eventual first-round pick that many assumed would be included in any trade package, will amount to.  Nieves, Andersson and Spelling aren’t sure things either.

But Sather chose youth over overpriced stars again.  It’s still completely unbelievable the transformation he and the organization have undergone in the last few years.  But draft weekend was another exhibit of the Rangers’ new vision and a Conference Finals appearance this year shows that the franchise’s direction is still only trending upward.

17 thoughts on “Why the 2012 draft was a clear win

  • Jun 24, 2012 at 9:18 am

    We can get a good scorer without giving away the farm for nash. Sather is just playing it smart if howson still insists on the world for nash no team is going to trade for him

  • Jun 24, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Judging on the young talent Sather has been able to accumulate in the last couple of years, hold fast, Slats.

  • Jun 24, 2012 at 10:19 am

    Two guys Slats should look at in free agency are Ray Whitney & Matt Carle. Whitney can add 3rd line scoring while Carle would be an upgrade on the 3rd pair.

    • Jun 24, 2012 at 11:39 am

      Isnt Whitney in his mid thirties? I’ll pass on him.

      • Jun 24, 2012 at 6:55 pm

        Did you see the numbers he put up last year?

  • Jun 24, 2012 at 10:49 am

    its not even about the commitment to youth, its about being smart and not making this big, over-reactive trades (i.e. Maple Leafs) trading more than what is worth for a good player. Patience, and free agency signings are virtues

  • Jun 24, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I was happy with the draft even though the players I had targeted were not selected. After all it is the Gordie and Jeff show this time of the year. Curious to see the aggressive approach will look like come July 1st and whom they target. Man I truly hope (and I believe he will) that they sign Schultz. Perfect fit for this team

  • Jun 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Yea Sather’s transformation has been interesting to say the least. His first years were a mess just signing and trading for stars, the only one of which worked was Jagr. Then he gutted the team which I liked, but he set the team back a couple of years during those 2 summers when he signed redden, rosival, gomez and drury to some of the worst deals the NHL has ever seen. However, he was luckily able to flip gomez for a future norris contender in McDonagh.

    With that said, I am curious to see what he does. I am all for youth, but we need scoring plain and simple. If you look at the rangers drafting historically, cant remember last time a draft pick turned into a bonafide scoring machine. I am hoping Kreider or one of these guys pans out, but it is just tough for us to match up with a lot of these offenses in the NHL. On the flipside we do have an incredible top 3 defenseman and obviously the best goalie in the NHL. But it is ridiculous that our offense got worse this year with the signing of richards and the emergence of our youth.

    Either way, i know sather is going to do something and hopefully at the right price. Penguins cleared a lot of cap space, which is very worrisome. If they add a guy like Suter it will be bad news for everyone in the NHL. Lets see what happens. I feel confident sather will do the right thing

  • Jun 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Year after year we need scoring. I think some of these kids on the club are over rated by us. We have no young elite scoring talent (maybe Krieder-we will see), I just don’t see it in these kids. Unfortunately, that is why we need to pony up with a bunch of players and Krieder when people are looking to trade us an actual scorer. We will either have to wait for a fee agent or trade some of these “potential” players to aquire someone who can actually put the puck in the net.

    • Jun 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm

      Thomas, Fogerty and St Croix need a chance and Mr Thomas is up to bat. This is his year to show us what he has. I believe we will see Thomas in the AHL first and then as a season call up. He must grab this opportunity as there is one for him. Gaborik’s injury created this chance and he must seize it.

    • Jun 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      I couldn’t disagree with you more. With patients, we’ll be reaching our goal within 2 years.I say keep the youn talant and build from within.

  • Jun 24, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Good for Slats. We have enough young players who with development will make the Rangers an elite team without giving away the future. One more year will not be so bad to go for all the marbles. The team is exciding as it is and they’re fun to watch.

  • Jun 24, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Keep drafting size with skill. I’m happy with our draft picks. Yes we need a scoring power forward, give Sather some time, there are alot of good free agents out there. You never now what will happen come July 1’st.

    The Whale has alot of up and coming talent this year to chose from. You never know – Thomas, JAM, Miller, Fast could surprise you and get the call up like Hagelin did last year.

    I’m happy with the direction our team is going. Who couldn’t be with the success we’ve had over the last year?

  • Jun 24, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Swami says we sign Jagr 2mil 1year.

    Swami also says we end up with Kane, for a dubi / draft pick swap, making slats look like a genius.

    • Jun 24, 2012 at 7:45 pm

      who’s Swami and why does his apartment reek of weed?

      • Jun 25, 2012 at 7:16 am


      • Jun 25, 2012 at 9:14 am

        That’s funny suit, I like your sense of humor.

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