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Continuing in my posts previewing the 2016 NHL draft, today I’m looking at possible fourth and fifth round picks for the Rangers. In case you missed it, here are my previews for the third round.

Matthew Phillips – Phillips is a very interesting prospect because the talent is clearly there but there are concerns about his ability to make the jump to the pros due to his 5’7″, 171 lbs frame. While there have been some more undersized players in the NHL recently, the vast majority are not that small. Phillips may fall into the category of too skilled to pass up, though.

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Welcome back to the second annual “New York Rangers mid round draft targets post.” Last year the club chose Aleksi Saarela and Brad Morrison, both of whom were on my list. Other players like Conor Garland (5th round, Arizona), Ziat Paigin, and Ethan Bear (Edmonton) have had great seasons as well.

While it doesn’t feel great to be missing picks in the first two rounds of the draft (this will most likely change), as a Rangers fan and from a draft lovers perspective, I like to focus on the mid and late rounds so we can look for potential steals. The reason? I believe that if you can get at least 2 NHL players in each draft it should be considered a success. Of course, this does vary based on draft position.

The way I approach the draft is pretty straightforward. I usually make a list of 20 prospects that I really want, and then perhaps ten that I wouldn’t be upset if the Rangers draft them, as long as there are not better players available. In this post I will be covering the guys that I would like to see us take a chance on in the 3rd round.

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Sokolov – Photo: Sudbury.com

One of my favorite things about the draft is the trends among teams. I find it so cool how we can see history for the most part repeat itself over and over showing some team philosophies. For example, anybody find it odd that Jim Benning of the Canucks has traded every second round pick the team has had except the Thatcher Demko pick? These picks aren’t just your late ones, these are those borderline first round picks that only strengthen the running joke among fans who believe Benning is never allowed to make a pick from 30-65.

In the Rangers’ case –like we saw in the 2013 draft with Anthony Duclair, Pavel Buchnevich, Adam Tambellini, Ryan Graves, and Mackenzie Skapski– when they lack early picks they go big boom or bust. This situation currently presents itself again for the Rangers. We are likely to be going for these kinds of players who slide for some reason and hope that they either mature or simply get to show their talents under the right circumstances. One guy who I noticed fits this criteria is Dmitri Sokolov of the Sudbury Wolves in the OHL.

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Before we know it, the NHL draft will be here beginning the next season of New York Rangers hockey. There are a lot of question marks surrounding the organization, ranging from the eventual playoffs, to the future personnel choices, to new prospects joining the organization.

The Rangers are expected to be big players in the college UFA market considering that many of their players in the AHL have expiring contracts.  There is a very talented forwards, with Ahti Oksanen and Drake Caggiula leading the pack. There are also three puck moving defensemen in Ethan Prow, Casey Nelson, and Troy Stecher going on the market, and hopefully the Rangers can nab a few of them.

The other way the Rangers will add youth into the system is through the draft, something which has been difficult to get excited about due to the lack of first round picks. However, I personally love trying to find talent in the mid and late rounds.

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Giavni Smith (Photo: Steph Coratti, GuelphStorm.com)

Givani Smith (Photo: Steph Coratti, GuelphStorm.com)

Hard to believe that this NHL season is already half way overm but while watching this roller coaster of emotions called the New York Rangers I have continued to work on some of my hockey visualization projects as well as scouting some players for the upcoming NHL draft.

First things first, the Rangers will make the playoffs and the 2016 first rounder will be going to the Arizona Coyotes. While I personally want to see a retool and have the Rangers recoup their prospects, I feel that giving the Yotes the 2016 first rounder is better than the 2017 first rounder.

According to Generalfanager.com, the Rangers currently have six picks for the 2016 draft. A 2nd, 3rd, 4th (from Arizona), 5th, 6th and 7th. I fully expect the Rangers to end up with around eight by the draft after trades, either by cap casualty trades or moving back to get two or three exta picks. In any case I have been watching some players in juniors and Europe to try to find some targets that would be able to either fit the system or are simply prototypical NYR picks.

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I know the 2016 NHL season hasn’t even started yet, but I really do love watching, scouting, and analyzing prospects. It is fun to watch them grow and develop into quality NHLers because for some strange reason you feel a sense of pride when one of “your guys” make an impact in the NHL.

For the American readers, this 2016 draft will be teeming with American stars in what can possibly be the best draft for the USA in quite a while. In this post I will be highlighting some of the top prospects in the draft just to give you guys some background behind the names that you will start hearing more.

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Yandle’s acquisition meant another year without a #1.

Much has been made of the New York Rangers history of trading draft picks in recent years. BSB regular Spozo recommended that we go through, afterthe lockout in 2004, and see what those traded picks turned into. It was a pretty fantastic idea, so here we are today. It’s worth noting that this post will only look at picks traded for players, not picks used to trade up/down. Let’s begin.

2005 Draft

The Rangers traded up with Atlanta to get Marc Staal in the first round (picks used on Alex Bourret and Ondrej Pavelec), and then traded down with Montreal (pick used to take Guillaume Latendresse)to recoup the pick. But the Rangers didn’t trade any picks for players in this one.

2006 Draft

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Gropp (Photo: Seattle Thunderbids)

Well, the day I have been looking forward to since the Rangers got eliminated is officially over. I will be brutally honest here, this wasn’t a great draft for the Rangers in my personal opinion, but it was still nice and I am more happy about this one than last year’s. My ideal plan for the draft was to go for whichever player had the most skill, something teams like Toronto and Philly did. Even though the Rangers didn’t necessarily do that, I have faith in Gordie Clark and am pretty happy with guys we took today.

Ryan Gropp- Gropp was a player that I wasn’t expecting to be available by the time the Rangers picked, but he is a nice player. My only gripe about him is that the Rangers didn’t draft the more skilled player in Sprong instead. That said, Gropp is a very solid pick and has a pretty nice chance to make the NHL. He has good size at 6’2, 183 lbs, but he brings more to the table. Gropp is a really swift skater and has a wonderful shot for a kid his age.

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2015 nhl draft

Really getting solid mileage from this image.

Day One of the 2015 NHL Draft came and went last night, with the Rangers staying largely silent. There were rumblings of an eventual deal for Cam Talbot, but that was the only action we saw for the Rangers. It was a relatively boring night.

Day Two, however, was the complete opposite. The day opened with more Talbot rumors. But before the eventual Talbot deal could be made, the Rangers shocked their fan base by sending Carl Hagelin to the Anaheim Ducks for Emerson Etem. The trade also involved the Rangers moving up in the draft from #59 to #41, giving Anaheim the 59th and 179th picks. The Rangers grabbed forward Ryan Gropp with the 41st pick.

Minutes after making their selection, the Rangers then sent Talbot to the Edmonton Oilers for three draft picks. The Rangers got the 57th, 79th, and 184th picks. The Oilers also got the 209th pick in the deal.

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2015 NHL Draft Open Thread: Day Two

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2015 nhl draft

Getting a lot of mileage out of this image.

Well, the second day of the draft is upon us, and the Rangers actually have picks to use today. Even though the Rangers didn’t pick last night, there was a little bit of disappointment that they didn’t, since Cam Talbot was supposed to be traded for a first round pick. The general feeling was disappointment when they did not trade him last night.

That said, Talbot should be dealt today, likely early, so that the Rangers can get more picks in the second round. Right now, the Rangers have the following picks:

  • 2nd round – 59th overall
  • 3rd round – 89th
  • 4th round – 119th
  • 6th round – 179th
  • 7th round – 209th

The Rangers traded their 5th round pick to the Canucks last year for Raphael Diaz.

As per usual, we will be live blogging the draft. Be sure to join us. I’ll be bolding the Rangers picks and moves. I won’t be updating every trade up/down. Just the ones that affect the Rangers.

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