Category: Draft

Recapping the Rangers 2013 draftees

Adam Tambellini was the Rangers first pick of the day (Garrett James, Surrey NOW).

Adam Tambellini was the Rangers first pick of the day (Garrett James, Surrey NOW).

The Rangers were relatively quiet on draft day. After making the decision to hold on to Brad Richards, a quiet day for the Rangers was expected, since they have little room to maneuver under the $64.3 million cap. Despite a quiet day, the Rangers lucked out in the third round, as two highly skilled players fell to them due to various reasons.

The first trade of draft day was actually made by the Rangers, when they sent RFA forward Benn Ferriero and a 2014 6th round pick to Minnesota for defenseman Justin Falk (Note: Not Justin Faulk from Carolina). This move addressed the Rangers need for defensive depth while giving up very little of actual value. The Rangers have a logjam of AAAA guys, and while he does have value, the Rangers needed to address their depth issues on the blue line.

As for the draft, the Rangers selected LW Adam Tambellini (son of Steve) at #65, Pavel Buchnevich (LW from Russia) at #75, Anthony Duclair (LW) at #80, defenseman Ryan Graves at #110, and goaltender Mackenzie Skapski at #170.

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2013 NHL Draft Live Blog

It’s shaping up to be a crazy day around the NHL. The Rangers don’t have first- or second-round picks thanks to trades for Rick Nash and Ryane Clowe, but they do hold three picks in the third round (#65, #75 and #80 overall). It’s quite possible that New York will attempt to package a couple of those picks to move up into the second round, but don’t hold your breath on the Blueshirts getting into the first.

The rumor mill is really churning today, too.  Already New York has dealt Benn Ferriero and a 2014 sixth-round pick to Minnesota for D Justin Falk, but there could be more moves ahead.  Given New York’s cap issues, don’t expect them to be in on the big fish.  But there sure are a lot of big names being discussed, including: Tyler Seguin, Cory Schneider, Evander Kane, Alex Edler, Tyler Myers, Kris Letang, Tomas Fleischmann, David Perron, Dave Bolland, Braydon Coburn, Cal Clutterbuck and seemingly dozens of others.

Teams have three minutes to make each selection and also have five, five-minute timeouts throughout the day.  Unless the Rangers move up, they probably won’t be picking until late this evening, but we’ll be with you every step of the way.

Join us after the jump for updates.

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Rangers announce 2013 Prospect Development Camp roster

Just prior to the start of the draft, the Rangers announced their roster for the 2013 Prospect Development Camp, which will begin tomorrow and run through Friday at the MSG Training Center.

Draft picks today will likely participate in the camp, as well as:

Forwards:

J.T. Barnett, Patrick Brown, Luke Esposito, Steven Fogarty, Alex Gogolev, Marek Hrivik, Kyle Jean, Michael Kantor, J.T. Miller, Matt Neal, Josh Nicholls, Boo Nieves, Eric Robinson, Carter Rowney, Adam Schmidt, Steven Shipley, Michael St. Croix, Thomas Spelling, Kyle Stephan, Christian Thomas, Jason Wilson and Andrew Yogan

Defensemen:

Conor Allen, Brock Beukeboom, Luke Curadi, Charlie Dodero, Troy Donnay, Ben Fanelli, Tommy Hughes, Dylan McIlrath, Vojtech Mozik, Samuel Noreau and Brady Skjei

Goalies:

Ryan Faragher, Eric Levine and Jeff Malcolm

Draft day rumors and notes

Happy Draft Day. The Rangers have five picks this year: three in the third round , a fourth rounder, and a sixth rounder. Gordie Clark discussed what the Rangers will be looking to draft on the Rangers website, and noted that the Rangers are likely to make picks to fill an organizational need, as opposed to taking the best player available. Clark elaborated a bit further and said that they are likely to focus on defense, since outside of Dylan McIlrath, Brady Skjei, and Calle Andersson, they are thin there.

In the rumor department, a lot of names are rumored to be in play. Tyler Seguin was reportedly available, as are Brayden Coburn, Corey Schneider, Cal Clutterbuck, Alex Edler, and Michael Del Zotto. Names like Nathan Horton, David Clarkson, and Pierre-Marc Bouchard are expected to hit free agency.

Kevin will have you covered for the draft itself, which begins at 3pm. Be sure to catch up on our draft coverage for all your draft needs.

2013 draft preview: Keaton Thompson, Marc-Olivier Roy, Eric Roy

Keaton Thompson

With a new coach on board, the next order of business this offseason will be the NHL Draft, coming up on June 30th.  The Rangers don’t have first or second round choices thanks to trades for Rick Nash and Ryane Clowe, but they do have three third round picks.  The good news is that the 2013 draft is considered extremely deep, but by the third round there won’t be any sure things.  Here’s a look at three guys that could interest the Rangers, but are definitely high-risk, high reward players.

Keaton Thompson

Position: Height: 6-0 Weight: 187

Thompson is one of the youngest players in this year’s draft – in fact, he’s only two days away from being ineligible and having to wait another year.  He doesn’t excel in any one area, but he’s a solid all-around player and plays a pretty smart game for his age.  Thompson’s greatest strength is his skating; a must-have for Rangers defensive prospects over the last few years.  Thompson is adept at moving the puck out of his own end and shows poise with it, but he’s also demonstrated some greater offensive potential.  Thompson is good positionally in his own end and uses his quick stick effectively.  He is not a very aggressive player and has drawn criticism for his hesitancy to clear the front of the net. Read more »

2013 draft preview: Tyler Lewington, Spenser Jensen, Jackson Houck

Tyler Lewington has a mean streak

With a new coach on board, the next order of business this offseason will be the NHL Draft, coming up on June 30th.  The Rangers don’t have first or second round choices thanks to trades for Rick Nash and Ryane Clowe, but they do have three third round picks.  The good news is that the 2013 draft is considered extremely deep, but by the third round there won’t be any sure things.  Here’s a look at three guys that could interest the Rangers, but are definitely high-risk, high reward players.

Tyler Lewington

Position: D Height: 6-1 Weight: 189

Professional sports teams that put too much stock in draft combines rather than evaluating a player’s actual abilities are often proven to be fools.  That said, scouts can’t help but notice when a relatively highly regarded prospect blows away his competition in fitness tests.  This year, that guy was Lewington.  The 18-year-old finished first in the bench press (16 reps at 150 pounds), push-ups (42), push strength (341 pounds) and pull strength (296 pounds).  He was the only prospect to lead the pack in more than one test.  CSS had him ranked 66th before the combine, but it’s likely that Lewington has bumped his stock significantly after his extraordinary display of upper-body strength. Read more »

2013 draft preview: Jordan Subban, Ryan Kujawinski, J.C. Lipon

The latest Subban is undersized, but very talented

With a new coach on board, the next order of business this offseason will be the NHL Draft, coming up on June 30th.  The Rangers don’t have first or second round choices thanks to trades for Rick Nash and Ryane Clowe, but they do have three third round picks.  The good news is that the 2013 draft is considered extremely deep, but by the third round there won’t be any sure things.  Here’s a look at three guys that could interest the Rangers, but are definitely high-risk, high reward players.

Jordan Subban

Position: D Height: 5-8 Weight: 170

Subban is a guy most NHL fans will be watching closely come June 30th thanks to his bloodline.  Older brother P.K. was just awarded the Norris Trophy and Jordan’s other sibling, Malcolm, was selected 24th overall a year ago.  Jordan has similar talent to his brothers, but the big concern is his size.  There just aren’t a ton of 5-8 defenders in the NHL and though there are occasional exceptions to the rule – 5-9 Torey Krug has been a breakout star during the playoffs – generally it’s even more difficult for undersized defensemen to make it to the NHL than it is for undersized forwards. Read more »

2013 draft preview: Hudson Fasching, Zach Sanford, Spencer Martin

It's hard not to root for Hudson Fasching.

It’s hard not to root for Hudson Fasching.

With a new coach on board, the next order of business this offseason will be the NHL Draft, coming up on June 30th.  The Rangers don’t have first or second round choices thanks to trades for Rick Nash and Ryane Clowe, but they do have three third round picks.  The good news is that the 2013 draft is considered extremely deep, but by the third round there won’t be any sure things.  Here’s a look at three guys that could interest the Rangers, but are definitely high-risk, high reward players.

Hudson Fasching

Position: RW Height: 6-3 Weight: 214

Perhaps the feel good story of the draft, Fasching has overcome tremendous obstacles in his personal life to reach where he is today.  The Minnesota native has two younger siblings, ages 16 and 14, that both suffer from a mitochondrial disease that keeps them in wheelchairs.  Cooper and Mallory Fasching both receive meals through feeding tubes and are cortically blind – their eyes work but their brains can’t process what they see.  Doctors believe that neither will live beyond adolescence.  Helping to care for his siblings has forced Hudson to mature in a hurry and he will attend the University of Minnesota next year so that he can remain close to home. Read more »

2013 Rangers draft pick breakdown

The Rangers have just five picks in this very deep 2013 draft, a product of trades to help build the current team. They will have three picks in the third round, one in the fourth, and one in the sixth. Here is the breakdown of how the picks were acquired/traded:

  • 1st – traded to Columbus for Rick Nash
  • 2nd – traded to San Jose for Ryane Clowe
  • 3rd:
    • 1st pick: Acquired from Florida for Wojtek Wolski, sent to San Jose for Clowe
    • 4th pick: Acquired from Nashville for 2012 3rd round pick
    • 14th pick: Acquired from CBJ for Marian Gaborik
    • 19th pick: their own pick
  • 4th – their own pick (pick #19)
  • 5th – traded to Nashville for 2012 5th (Thomas Spelling)
  • 6th – their own pick (pick #19)
  • 7th – traded to MIN with Erik Christensen for Casey Wellman

2013 Draft Preview: Zachary Fucale, Tommy Panico, Atte Makinen

Tommy Panico could be a draft sleeper.

Tommy Panico could be a draft sleeper.

Even if the entire season is lost (unlikely), the NHL will still hold it’s 2013 draft. The Rangers first pick will likely draft in the later half of the second round, so it’s extremely likely they won’t be drafting someone who gets a lot of hype. Instead, they will be looking for more of that second round magic that has worked so well.

Looking at the ISS rankings, we need to move away from the top 30 and read more in-depth about the guys they note as risers and fallers. In our first post, we looked at Max Domi and Darnell Nurse. This time, we are looking at some potential sleepers in Tommy Panico and Atte Makinen, along with goaltender Zachary Fucale.

Tommy Panico
Position: D Height: 6’1″ Weight: 185

Panico, who is committed to UMass-Lowell next season, is someone who HF has highlighted as a potential draft sleeper. HF notes that Panico is a very smooth skater with a very raw skill set. When perusing the UMass-Lowell website, several scouting reports have noted that Panico is a bit of a late bloomer, and that his size, skating ability, and fearlessness are all tools that lead to potentially great players. Panico is someone who might last until the late second round for the Rangers, and sounds like a kid that fits into their mold.

The reason why Panico seems to be a bit off the board is because he was an incredibly late bloomer. Teams generally don’t draft projects this early in the draft. They are very high-risk, high-reward type picks. Panico fits that to a T with his raw skill set.

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