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Yesterday sure was exciting. First the Derek Stepan/Antti Raanta trade, then the rumors of trying to move up to #3, then two first round picks.

Today should be quieter. The Rangers don’t have a pick until the fourth round, with 4 picks total (rounds 4-7). Discuss and follow here.

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Jun
24

Time to Panic? Not Quite

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anthony deangelo

Let’s all take a deep breath. It’s been a big day for the New York Rangers, who traded away a core member of the team in Derek Stepan and their backup goalie Antti Raanta (who could very well be starter material – you can check out my piece on him over at NHLNumbers here) in exchange for Anthony DeAngelo and the 7th overall pick. With that pick they selected Lias Andersson, and later at 21 they took Filip Chytil, both of whom are could play either LW or center according to their profiles at Elite Prospects. There’s still a lot left to this offseason, so it’s not quite time for panic, but there’s a reasonable case to be made that there’s cause for concern.

Let’s start by stating the obvious – the Rangers are a win-now team, because Henrik Lundqvist isn’t getting any younger. Given yesterday’s events, and the loss of Oscar Lindberg to the Vegas Golden Knights, the roster still needs some filling out. As it stands right now, we’re down two centers from where we were at the beginning of this season, when our depth down the middle was one of our obvious strengths. Our defensive group is still a work in progress, and it remains to be seen whether or not we’ll end up signing the coveted Kevin Shattenkirk in free agency. The opening night roster is not quite ready yet.

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Jun
23

Rangers take Filip Chytil at #21

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With their second pick in the first round, the Rangers took Czech forward Filip Chytil at #21 overall. The 6’0″, 180 lb center/LW was the youngest player in the draft at just 17 years old. He made the draft age by a few days. He put up 4-4-8 in 38 games in the Czech league this year. It’s worth noting that as a 17 year old, he’s playing in the top men’s league in the Czech Republic.

Chytil is a tremendous skater with a good hockey IQ. He’s also known for getting to the dangerous areas. However he is rough around the edges, especially on defense. But that’s to be expected, the kid is only 17 years old. He actually projects higher than Lias Andersson, as he might make it as a top-six center. However he has a much lower floor.

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Jun
23

Rangers take Lias Andersson at #7

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The Rangers have taken forward Lias Andersson with the #7 overall pick in the draft. Andersson can play all three forward positions. The 5’11, 200 lb forward is deemed the safest pick in the draft, with one of the higher floors. He doesn’t have the elite ceiling that you’d want from a top-ten pick, though.

Andersson put up 9-10-19 in 42 games in the SHL as an 18 year old, which is pretty solid. He’s a solid skater with a good shot. However the Rangers reached on this pick.

Update: Rumors are abound saying the Kings wanted Andersson at 11. If this was Clark’s guy, and he knew that he wouldn’t last beyond LA, then taking him at 7 makes sense.

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The 2017 NHL Entry Draft is upon us, and it’s been a wild ride already. The Rangers have made a blockbuster deal, sending Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta to Arizona for the #7 pick and top defense prospect Anthony DeAngelo. Jeff Gorton doesn’t appear to be finished yet, as there are rumblings that he is looking to move up from the 7th pick. Clearly he has someone in mind.

The rest of the league didn’t sit idly by either. Chicago made a pair of moves. They first sent Nicklas Hjalmarsson to Arizona for Connor Murphy and Laurent Dauphin. Then they re-acquired Brandon Saad (with Anton Forsberg and a 5th rounder) from Columbus for Artemi Panarin, Tyler Motte, and a 6th round pick. The other blockbuster was Jordan Eberle heading to the Isles for Ryan Strome. We will be live blogging all night, so follow with us.

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Last week I covered the potential NYR picks if they decide to go defenseman in the first round. of course, there is the possibility that they want to draft a forward. The interesting thing about the forwards is that all the potential “game breakers” have a glaring issue, whether it be size or injury history. In this post, I will be covering four forwards who have been linked to the Rangers. These forwards do not include centers Lias Andersson, Elias Pettersson, or Nick Suzuki, all of whom would probably be a surprise if they fall this far. Suzuki is projected to go around 12-15, Andersson 14-17, and Pettersson some say can even go top-five. As previously done, I will be listing them in order of my priority.

Klim Kostin (RW, 6’3, 196 lbs)

Kostin is probably one of the most intriguing forwards in the group because he is likely to be available. Originally seen as a potential top-ten pick, Kostin dropped due to a pair of factors. The first is a shoulder injury, and the second is his lack of production in the KHL. To sum him up, Kostin is your big power forward with incredible hands around the net. He loves to be a force and when he causes a commotion he can easily get the puck to a teammate to score. His preferred way to score, though, is to power through the defense and around the goalie to tuck in pucks. He loves to simply dominate a defenseman or two and crash the net.

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erik Brannstrom

Barring a sale of an unwanted contract to Vegas, it seems likely that the Rangers will hold a first round pick for the first time in five years. There are of course some pessimists who would like to complain that the Rangers hold a first rounder but it is in a “bad draft”. Personally, I think the bad draft narrative is extremely overblown. Most drafts would look weak after McDavid and Matthews but there are still not only really good prospects but awesome depth in this draft.

I think the Rangers may end up like bandits if they can steal a couple of late picks because their value may be so low. Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli even said that this isn’t a good year to have a second or third rounder. I don’t want to pretend that I know more than an NHL general manager but the Rangers could really use more prospects in the system.

In any case, it has been well documented that the Rangers have two glaring needs; puck moving defensemen and game breaking forwards. Today, I will cover some defensemen who might be available in the first round. There are many kinds of defensemen available but I will focus on the 5 who will either be available around the 21st pick or have been “drafted” by the Rangers in mock drafts. In the comment section, post who you would take.

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cale fleury

There is a lot of talk that this coming draft lacks guys who can be the face of the franchise, and while that is true, I think the dearth of it is vastly overblown. This draft has a lot of depth on defense and guys that could be had late. I would really like for the Rangers to perhaps make the most of the perceived bad draft and stock up on some mid round picks.

A month or so ago, I talked about a few OHLers on offense that I am interested in. Jonah Gadjovich was probably the most well liked guy and he just scored his 40th, so he will likely shoot up the rankings. I have two defensemen that I’d really like to look at, as well as a Russian forward. I’ll only be approximating draft pick position but I haven’t personally made a mock draft and won’t until a month or so before the draft.

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Jul
13

Reviewing the 2011 draft for the Rangers

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Miller is the prize of the 2011 draft.

Miller is the prize of the 2011 draft.

They say it takes five years to really judge a draft class in hockey. Very few players come in and play in the NHL immediately following their draft year. Heck, it’s usually two or three years before a draft pick even turns pro. Factor in another year or two in the minors, and you have a four or five year waiting period before some rookies even get a chance to play regularly in The Show.

If a team gets one NHL regular in a draft, it’s considered a successful draft. If they can land a second player, it’s a big win. For the Rangers, 2011 was the final time they would draft in the top-fifteen through today. They took J.T. Miller with that first round pick, their one consistent NHL player. The rest of the draft features Steven Fogarty, who just turned pro, and four mid-to-late round picks.

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Day

The draft is finally over and we can begin traveling to the next checkpoint in this franchise’s 90th year in the NHL. First and foremost, sorry if the post may be a little late. I decided to let all of the picks settle in before I talk about them. Not only does that let me do more research and write with a leveled head but it also prevents any knee jerk reactions. I feel that this is very important because it would be pretty messed up to be harsh to a 17 year old on one of the biggest days in his life.

About the draft in general, it seemed like the Rangers lucked into some teams choosing goalies early, giving them more skater options to choose from.  Considering the depth in net for this team, that was pretty wonderful. Also while I am happy with the picks, there are some guys that I wished we still drafted considering that they were available. Guys like Dmitri Sokolov,Vladimir Kuznetsov, Sebastian Aho, and Maxime Fortier.

Gripes aside, this draft gave me a lot of hope, as the Rangers are truly one of the best in drafting after round three over the last few years, especially when they go with the philosophy they had this year over the 2014 draft. Hopefully they realize not only the overwhelming support of this philosophy –drafting for skill and talent opposed to size and need– and its benefits, but also realize that they truly are a great drafting team.

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