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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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Nov
18

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

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Max Domi is a riser in the ISS 2013 prospect rankings. Image: Mark Spowart / Canadian Press Images

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 come after the initial top 30 rankings.

One of the risers that stands out to me is Max Domi (yes, son of Tie Domi). HF had this to say about him:

Max Domi – If he causes a turnover you know there is about a 50/50 chance he’ll get it back, leaves everything on the ice. May not be the quickest skater (although no slouch) but he’s so shifty and does an excellent job in shifting his hips to elude traffic. *Add 3″ to his frame and he is in talks with the Top 5 of the draft. Biggest thing against him is his size which we feel he does a good job of making up for with his lower body strength and ability to elude defenders.

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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 his development, the University of Michigan.

Here’s why you can’t really trust what you hear about European prospects.  Calle Andersson, the Rangers’ fourth-round selection, has been called both a sublime skater and an awful skater by multiple credible scouting outlets.  So which is it?  I can’t say, I don’t get to watch much Swedish Elite League hockey, and neither do most scouting services.  We’ll just have to wait and see.

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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 might have been a couple years ago.

The good news for the Blueshirts is that they’re well equipped to maneuver around efficiently in next year’s draft, meaning they could still be in position to scoop up a couple of strong prospects even without their valuable first-rounder.

That’s because New York currently owns its second-round pick, FOUR third-round selections, one in the fourth round and a sixth-rounder.

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Jun
30

Rangers keep drafting well

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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 service (ISS) head’s column on their website it may appear the Rangers grabbed another draft steal with Calle Andersson’s selection in the fourth round.

Most people (myself included) know little of Andersson despite his solid year in Swedish juniors. What we do know is that he is known to be a potential powerplay quarterback with great size and solid ability and according to the above linked column has outperformed more highly touted draft picks including first rounder’s such as Hampus Lindholm who was drafted sixth overall by the Ducks this year.

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Jun
24

Why the 2012 draft was a clear win

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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.  Though many believe that each would look good in blue, it’s the price tag that’s scary to think about.

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Jun
23

Rangers 2012 draft rounds 2-7 recap

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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 made two trades today, both with Nashville. First up was a swap of 3rd round picks, with Nashville getting the Rangers’ 2012 pick in exchange for their 2013 pick. The second trade was a similar swap of 5th round picks, but with the Rangers getting Nashville’s 2012 pick in exchange for their 2013 pick.

For analysis of each pick and trade, let’s go round by round:

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Jun
23

2012 NHL Draft Live Blog: Day 2

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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 discussions for Jordan Staal. No deal went through, but the Rangers made a solid pick in Brady Skjei (pronounced Shay). Kevin has a great writeup about him here.

Join us after the jump for live blogging of rounds 2-7, in which the Rangers have picks in round 2-4. I expect there to be some wheelin and dealin today, so check back often.

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Jun
23

Meet first-round pick Brady Skjei

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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 ago.

Beyond his American ties, defenseman Brady Skjei possesses one trait that New York’s scouting staff covets – tremendous skating ability. Effortless skating is one thing, but it’s all the more impressive when it’s attached to a 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame.  It’s basically unheard of for a player that size to have the speed and fluidity of Skjei and that gives him a pretty sizable advantage over many other prospects.  However, outside of his size and skating, Skjei’s tools are raw.

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Jun
22

2012 NHL Draft Live Blog: Day 1

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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 potential first round picks.

We will be live blogging the event tonight and tomorrow, so make sure to check back often for updates on picks, moves, and other happenings in Pittsburgh. Rangers moves will be bolded.

Join us after the jump for updates.

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