2013 Draft: ISS Top 30 and which risers to look for

ISS released its top 30 prospects as of October 2012, and it’s not surprising to see Nathan MacKinnon topping the list. The Rangers do not have a first round pick this year –it was dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the Rick Nash trade– so it’s more important to look at the risers and fallers in the article, which…

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Musings: On the Rangers’ 2012 draft and other offseason thoughts

On the draft… My excitement over the selection of Cristoval “Boo” Nieves in the second round of the June draft has been growing steadily.  Nieves has always been a great passer and skater; the reports that he was fully engaged and very physical at prospect development camp have only boosted his stock.  Nieves is going to the perfect place for…

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Rangers set up well for 2013 draft even without a first-round pick

Most Rangers fans were relatively unconcerned when the team parted with its 2013 first-round pick to help acquire Rick Nash.  They recognized that the pick was likely to fall late in the 20s, giving it less value, and that New York’s farm system is already stocked with top tier prospects, making the pick less important to the club than it…

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Rangers keep drafting well

We know the Rangers only had four picks in the 2012 NHL draft but the more you read across the internet-hockey-universe the more it seems the Rangers keep getting it right. How much stock you place in the Hockey News is entirely up to you (some of their writers enjoy sensationalising at times) but going by the recent International scouting…

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Why the 2012 draft was a clear win

Whether you’re thrilled with the selections of Brady Skjei, Cristoval Nieves, Calle Andersson and Thomas Spelling or not, draft weekend 2012 has to be considered a tremendous success. GM Glen Sather stuck to his firm declaration following the season: “we don’t trade kids.” Sather has taken runs at acquiring Rick Nash, Bobby Ryan and Jordan Staal over the last week. …

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Rangers 2012 draft rounds 2-7 recap

There wasn’t much action on the Rangers end during day two of the draft. In fact, there wasn’t much action at all. The Blueshirts entered the day with Brady Skjei in the fold, and picks in the 2nd (#59), 3rd (#89), and 4th (#119) rounds. They left the day with three picks, but not necessarily in that order. The Rangers…

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2012 NHL Draft Live Blog: Day 2

Well last night sure was interesting. Several players changed teams (Mike Ribeiro, Sergei Bobrovsky, Lubomir Visnovsky), with Pittsburgh making two separate blockbuster (Jordan Staal, Zbynek Michalek). Full details of Round One can be found here. As for the Rangers, they stayed quiet on the trade front. Well, that is if you don’t include that the Rangers were in on the…

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Meet first-round pick Brady Skjei

It should come as no surprise that the Rangers again dipped into the ever-improving talent pool of American-born prospects to make their first-round selection.  With the 28th pick in the draft, Gordie Clark announced the selection of defenseman Brady Skjei, a Minnesota native out of the U.S. National Team Development Program, from which the Blueshirts selected J.T. Miller a year…

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2012 NHL Draft Live Blog: Day 1

Today is one of my favorite days of the year: the draft. Round one will be today, with rounds 2-7 taking place tomorrow afternoon. Tonight, the Rangers hold the 28th overall pick, but with lots of moves expected tonight, the Rangers might not stay in that position. Don’t forget to check out our Draft Coverage page for analysis of many…

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My Rangers draft wish list

First things first: this is a wish list for players that are realistic targets with the 28th overall pick.  Of course I’d prefer Nail Yakupov to anyone on this list, but he’s not coming to New York.  Second of all, while these are players that have caught my eye, it will be tough to question any pick the Blueshirts make…

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