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Rangers select defenseman Brandon Crawley at #123

June 24, 2017, by

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The Rangers have taken defenseman Brandon Crawley at pick #123 in the fourth round. The Rangers originally had pick #102, but traded it to San Jose to move back. Crawley is an American defenseman from New Jersey, so he has the local factor. At 6’2″ and 203 lbs, he’s a big kid as well. He put up 7-20-27 on the London Knights this year as a 20 year old.

Crawley is an over-ager, so there’s a chance he can go right to the AHL this year. He’s more of a defense first guy, so don’t expect huge numbers from him in the AHL. He’s a solid skater and good positionally, so he’s not your prototypical banger/shot blocker.

He played well with London, but as a 20 year old you want to see him dominate kids smaller than him. We will see what the Rangers do with him as an over-ager.

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5 comments

  1. Spozo says:

    Any reason he hasn’t been drafted the previous 2 years? Maybe injury?

    • Dave says:

      I honestly don’t know.

    • ANGRY WIENER DOG STAMPEDE says:

      Probably because there’s only 7 rounds.

      Seems like a massive waste of a pick, at a glance. Maybe he’s really solid defensively (with a style that will translate well to the NHL)?

    • Reenavipul says:

      London a stacked team, joined at 18 so limited profile for scouts. Topping out as 2nd pair doesn’t set people on fire.

  2. Tmd39 says:

    Friend of mine works for a junior club and really likes Crawley. And the Rangers have had success with older defensemen from London.