Archive for Prospects
The Rangers took their first forward of the draft, taking winger Tim Gettinger with their 5th round pick (#141). Gettinger is a big kid at 6’5″ and 206 lbs, but the scouting reports say he is a great skater. Not for his size, just a great skater in general.
Gettinger had some hype because of his size, but fell due to a tough year. Gettinger is Brandon Halverson’s teammate with the OHL’s Soo Greyhounds, so there’s a connection there as well.
Some more thoughts:
The Rangers have selected defenseman Tarmo Reunanen with their fourth round pick, #98 overall. The pick was acquired in the Keith Yandle deal, and Reunanen is a solid skating, puck moving defenseman. A bit of an overdraft –most had him going in the 145 range– though, but the Rangers picked skill over size on this one.
That’s not saying Reunanen is small (6′, 178 lbs), but he’s not Day’s size. Regardless, Reunanen is another smooth skater who excels at transitioning and getting the puck up the ice. Injuries seemed to be an issue, which caused his stock to slip.
More opinions on him below.
The Rangers have selected defenseman Sean Day with their third round pick, #81 overall. Day is a big kid at 6’2″, 224 lbs at just 18 years old. But don’t let his size fool you, Day is one of the best skaters in the draft and is a potential home run pick for the Rangers. Day’s a very good puck mover, and as mentioned a great skater with huge potential.
kudos to the @NYRangers for picking Day with their first pick. Home run potential. Bust too, but not too many home runs left
— (((Ryan Wagman))) (@RAWagman) June 25, 2016
There seem to be some concerns about his compete level, but this is a great risk taken by the Rangers. They went for talent and skating on the blue line, something they needed desperately. Day was given “exceptional skater” status in the OHL and allowed to enter the league at just 15 years old. Day instantly becomes one of the top prospects in the Rangers’ system.
Some more feedback on Day:
Day One of the 2016 NHL Draft has come and gone. The Rangers were silent amid rumors that they were trying to get back into the first round. Those rumored included some big names like Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Rick Nash, and Derek Stepan. Nothing came to fruition yesterday, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be some action today on the Rangers front.
Around the league, Lars Eller went from Montreal to Washington to make room for Andrew Shaw from Chicago. The price for both players was a pair of second round picks. Brian Elliott went from St. Louis to Calgary for a second round pick as well. But the biggest trade of the night was when Arizona acquired Pavel Datsyuk’s contract to move up in the draft. Arizona now has Datsyuk –whom they will suspend when he does not show up for camp, thus not having to pay his salary– and Chris Pronger on the payroll. That’s a cap hit of over $12 million for just $575,000 in real money.
There’s a lot of movement in Day Two, and NHLN usually does a terrible job of covering who actually gets pick. I will be live blogging again, with Rangers moves in bold. Prediction: Rick Nash and Marc Staal get moved today. As the Rangers pick, I’ll be putting in draft rankings from Platinum Seat Ghosts. He basically consolidated all the rankings provided and came up with one general ranking based on that. Nice way of consolidating all the opinions.
The first round of the 2016 NHL Draft is upon us, and it’s already been interesting. Before today, the Rangers traded Keith Yandle’s rights to the Florida Panthers for a 6th round pick this year and a 4th round pick next year. The Panthers then promptly signed him to a massive seven-year deal. The Rangers are also apparently looking to deal both Marc Staal and Dan Girardi, but nothing is imminent.
Around the league, Frederik Anderssen went from Anaheim to Toronto for the 30th overall this year and a 2nd rounder next year. He then signed in Toronto to a five year deal. Alex Goligoski’s rights were traded to Arizona, with Dallas receiving a 5th round pick. Goligoski also signed with his acquiring team.
Unless you live under a rock, then you’ve heard the rumors circulating about the Rangers, moves involving players that should get a first round pick. I am not predicting what trade is made, but I do want to try to talk about some of my favorite players who may be picked by the Rangers this Friday should they actually get a first rounder.
Picks 8-10 (Buffalo or Colorado may be willing to move their picks)
Defenseman Mikhail Sergachyov is the preferred target here. This player is without a doubt my favorite defenseman in this draft, the 6’3 left handed Russian defenseman is an incredible skater, truly effortless and extremely poised. His skating makes him effective on the defensive end and won’t make him someone easily beaten on the rush.
In a roughly translated article, s/t to HockeyStatMiner for the link, the Hartford Wolf Pack appear to have signed defenseman/winger Ahti Oksanen to a one-year deal. Since this is an AHL deal, Oksanen will not compete for a spot with the Rangers, and this is more of a year-long tryout with the big club. His contract does not count towards the 50 contract limit.
Josh has been all over Oksanen lately, and this appears to be him getting his wish. Oksanen has been linked to the Rangers for a while, and it’s good to see they are giving him a shot.
Oksanen put up 15-21-36 in his senior year at BU, a year after putting up 25-13-38. If he develops, he could be a sleeper for the Rangers and a big win.
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.
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.
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.