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Jun
04

Mailbag: Draft trading scenarios

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A few questions for the mailbag today, all revolving around trading up or down at the draft.

Josh asks (1 of 2): Think Chicago takes the 26, 28, and 48 for the 8 and the Hossa contract?

I like the thought process. Chicago is always up against the cap, and the Rangers happen to have oodles of it right now. Hossa carries another three years and $5.275 million on his deal, but he’s only owed $1 million a year for that duration. That said, Chicago balks at this for two reasons.

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jeff gorton

One of the major stories heading into the draft, other than who will be selected and who the Rangers will be trading, is whether the Rangers will make all their current selections in the draft. The Blueshirts have 10 picks in the draft, with 7 of them coming in the first three rounds. The only round in which they don’t make a selection is the 7th round (Ottawa in the Zibanejad trade).

With so many picks, and specifically two picks close together at the end of the first round, there is speculation the Rangers might try to package those picks to move up. It’s a popular theory. As is perhaps trading one of those picks to move back and grab more picks in the later rounds. It is, after all, a fairly deep draft.

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May
30

The need to keep some players around

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The Rangers are in the middle of a rebuild. We don’t know exactly what that means yet, other than jettisoning some expiring contracts and avoiding a likely terrible contract for Ryan McDonagh (yes, I said it). What we do know, or at least we are hoping/assuming, is that the Rangers are going to give their newly acquired youth time to play and grow.

There are a lot of people out there who want the Rangers to completely tear it down and trade everyone. From Mats Zuccarello to Chris Kreider to Marc Staal to Kevin Shattenkirk. Trade every possible piece on the roster that can fetch something younger and run with it. Fill in the roster with deadbeat free agents, and tank for the top pick next year. I am not a fan of that strategy.

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joe veleno

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Our draft preview continue, this time with guys that the Rangers may be looking at for the end of the first round. The Blueshirts have the 26th (Bruins) and 28th (Lightning) picks in this draft, in addition to the 9th overall. Many expect the Rangers to package the later picks to move up, but there is still a very realistic scenario in which they stand pat and make all three picks.

Joseph Veleno

Veleno is one of those kids that is very high ceiling, and may actually slip in the draft. The 6’1″, 195 lb center finished a solid draft year in the QMJHL, putting up 22-57-79 in 64 games with St. John’s and Drummondville. Veleno has size, speed, skating, playmaking, and vision.  Veleno was just the fifth player to be granted “exceptional status” in the CHL, meaning he could play in the league at 15 years old.

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May
24

Mailbag: Sean Day, David Quinn, Draft

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Three questions for the mailbag this week. As always, use the widget on the right to email your questions for the mailbag.

Felix asks: With the plethora of high end defensemen in this year’s draft, how does Sean Day stack up against these guys, and does it make more sense to draft a forward instead?

This is a two part question, so let me answer the last bit first, and then get to Sean Day. I’ll explain more in a later question, but I don’t think the system status should dictate what the Rangers draft, especially at #9 overall. Take the best player available, no matter what.

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May
22

Some thoughts on David Quinn

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The Rangers are all but assured to be naming BU’s David Quinn as their next coach. The official announcement hasn’t come yet, but trustworthy sources like Bob McKenzie and Elliotte Friedman have said this is basically a done deal.

It looks like Quinn wasn’t their top target. Jim Montgomery turned down a lot more money from the Rangers to go to Dallas. However Quinn does appear to be a nice consolation prize. As per usual, I have some thoughts.

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The Rangers are in an interesting spot this year. With three picks in the first round, they have a rare opportunity to swing for the fences multiple times. They will get at least one prospect with elite level talent at #9 overall, that part we can assume. They also have picks 26 and (likely) 30 or 31, which gives them multiple options in trading scenarios.

If the Blueshirts move up, they could be targeting some of these kids who fall outside the “big nine” that seems to be on everyone’s mind. They could also luck out and have some of these guys fall to them at the end of the first round. These are more boom or bust scenarios, but In Gordie We Trust.

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david quinn

Per both Elliotte Friedman and Bob McKenzie, the Rangers appear to have narrowed their coaching search to just one person. BU’s David Quinn seems in line to succeed Alain Vigneault as the next Rangers coach.

It’s been a pretty interesting coaching search, as other than Jim Montgomery picking Dallas there hasn’t been much news on this front. Quinn was initially rumored to be their target, but word had spread that he wanted to remain in BU. Whether that was true or not, or whether Quinn changed his mind, we don’t know.

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joel farabee

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The major prospects that might be available to the Rangers at #9 have been reviewed, and it’s likely the Rangers will be able to grab at least one of the seven listed above. If they grab one of the big three, well I apologize for not reviewing them, but rest assured they are all awesome.

Now we are getting into the next level of prospects, those that will more than likely be there after the top-ten. This is the area where we might see the Rangers move up from 26 (Boston) or 30-31 (Tampa), or if they like one of these guys they might trade back. These are mostly high ceiling guys, but more boom or bust potential.

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May
16

2018 NHL Draft Profile: Ty Smith

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Another draft profile, another defenseman. Ty Smith is the last of the major defensemen that could go in the top-ten without a team going off the board early. Smith is coming off a monster sophomore season with the Spokane Chiefs in the WHL, putting up a line of 14-59-73 in the notoriously high scoring league.

The 5’10”, 180 lb defenseman’s best asset is his skating. I know we say this a lot here, but nowadays teams need defensemen who can skate, and do so at an elite level. Smith is one of those elite skaters. His combination of acceleration, top speed, balance, pivoting, and agility is nearly unmatched in the draft.

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