May
09

2018 NHL Draft Profile: Adam Boqvist

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Check out our other reviews: Oliver WahlstromQuinn Hughes, Brady Tkachuk.

Continuing our review of some of the kids that may be available to the Rangers to pick at #9 overall, we look at defenseman Adam Boqvist, a Swedish defenseman. This year is a fantastic draft for defensemen, with five of the top-ten picks projected to be blue liners. Boqvist is one of those kids that falls in the 7-10 range in the first round.

Boqvist currently plays in Sweden’s J20 league, so he’s not playing in the SHL with Rasmus Dahlin (something else that sets Dahlin apart from everyone else). Even if he’s not Dahlin, he’s still your prototypical Swedish defenseman, and when in doubt, always draft a Swede.

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May
08

2018 NHL Draft Profile: Brady Tkachuk

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Check out our other reviews: Oliver Wahlstrom, Quinn Hughes.

This year’s draft is interesting. There is a ton of potential elite talent in the top-ten, of which the Rangers are surely able to grab one. Then there is someone like Brady Tkachuk. Keith’s kid has probably reached his peak size at 6’3″ and 200 lbs, although I can see his weight/strength increasing. He’s a big boy.

Tkachuk’s first year at BU was a success, putting up 8-23-31 in 40 games, with the majority of that coming in the second half of the season. The winger really raised his stock with a strong performance at this year’s World Juniors, potentially solidifying a top-five pick when he wasn’t in that discussion before.

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May
07

2018 NHL Draft Profile: Quinn Hughes

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The Rangers have the 9th overall pick this year, their second straight year with a top-ten pick (trading Derek Stepan to land the 7th overall last year). This draft is a deep draft, as you really need to try to screw things up to not land a top-six or top-four talent in the first round. In the top-ten, the Rangers should, in theory, get a kid with the potential of playing on the top line or top pairing.

The difference between the top three and the top ten is NHL readiness. The top three are NHL ready, the rest need time. We looked at Oliver Wahlstrom already, who is my preference if he slips to the Rangers. If not, there are plenty of others who are worthy of a pick, like defenseman Quinn Hughes.

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May
05

Thoughts on a beautiful Saturday

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What are you doing inside on a day like this? Go out and play. Oh….you’re outside and reading this on your phone? Well played.

1. Good for Dan Girardi last night on his game winning goal. He took a beating around these parts, and I’ve always maintained that it was never about the guy (it wasn’t) it was about the role, contract, and declining play. It seems now that a good portion of that was the system as well. On a lower pairing, on a much more consistent and stable team, and he’s been doing fine. I still stand by what I say that the Rangers needed to buy him out. Just because it was needed for one team doesn’t mean he isn’t useful somewhere else.

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May
04

Quick thoughts following the Draft Lottery

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On Sunday, the NHL Draft Lottery was held, and the Rangers first round fate was decided.  When all the balls stopped popping, the Blueshirts ended up with the #9 overall pick.  The gang around here has done some really nice analyses and historical context of the pick, but I haven’t gotten a chance to weigh in, yet.  With that in mind, I have a few thoughts on this Friday morning.

1. Now, obviously we are looking at a talented player at number nine, especially in a deep draft. However, I think there is a natural emotional response of disappointment after what the fanbase went through this season.  That’s ok. I feel the same way.  After all the “almost” moments of the past few years to just have the bottom fall out beneath us, we deserve Rasmus Dahlin.  We deserve that Auston Matthews piece that gives us hope in a quick turnaround on the re-build.  It’s only natural.  Alas, it was not meant to be.

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May
03

Rangers sign undrafted free agent Ville Meskanen

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Another undrafted free agent forward for the Rangers from Europe. This time it’s Ville Meskanen from Finland. The 22 year old put up 24-20-44 in 48 games in Liiga this year, doubling his point totals from last year.

Meskanen is another skilled forward who can skate, much like Michael Lindqvist. It’s clear the Rangers have a direction for their forwards. They want skilled guys who can skate. Grabbing Finns and Swedes is always a good idea, since they usually have both skills.

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With the dust settling on Saturday’s lottery, the long wait for the 2018 NHL Draft drags on. As Dave and Pat have noted, the ninth overall pick that the Rangers possess is by no means a death knell.  Trading up is a possibility, but conventional wisdom holds that unless Jeff Gorton can maneuver into the top three, it’s better to hang onto the pick and see if some classic #HockeyMan folly results in a very good player falling into the Rangers’ laps. Being an optimist, I’d be fine with this strategy.

However, there’s a counterargument, which in my mind starts starts here, with a tweet from noted smart Rangers fan and friend to the blog @HockeyStatMiner:

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May
02

Rangers ink undrafted free agent Michael Lindqvist

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The first move of the offseason, aside from firing the coaching staff, has come. The Rangers have signed undrafted free agent forward Michael Lindqvist out of Sweden. The 23 year old put up 20-14-34 in 33 games with Farjestads in the SHL this past year.

Lindqvist has a nice shot, and sets up in the Ovi spot on the powerplay, where he scored half his goals this year. He’s a very talented, if undersized at 5’11 and 176 lbs, forward. As we’ve seen time and time again, size doesn’t mean much in terms of NHL success. I like going after talent, and Lindqvist has that.

Plus when in doubt, go with a Swede.

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May
02

Lessons learned through the 2018 playoffs

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This might come as a surprise to you, but the New York Rangers did not make the playoffs this year. Though a rare, initially horrible shock to us fans, we can look at the silver lining. When you’re constantly in it, you don’t see certain things that you might from the outside.

It’s important to note the few positives right off the bat – for starters, this is an opportunity to get some rest for our oft-injured, overworked players. Think about Kevin Shattenkirk coming back refreshed, or how great Henrik Lundqvist’s tan will look. Also, a positive according to me, missing the playoffs essentially sealed Alain Vigneault’s fate.

There are a lot of things, though, that we couldn’t think about while constantly battling the Capitals and crushing their dreams of making it past the second round. Let’s look at some lessons learned thus far.

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May
01

2018 NHL Draft Profile: Oliver Wahlstrom

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It’s official. The Rangers officially slipped one spot from eighth overall to ninth overall in the 2018 NHL Draft. The Rangers stay in the top ten, and while they don’t get the coveted Rasmus Dahlin, they can still land  a potential top line forward or top pairing defenseman with that pick.

The best part of the draft is that someone is going to reach. Brady Tkachuk, who is probably more of a top-ten than a top-five, could go in the top five. Depending on how highly GMs rate some of the defensemen, there’s a chance someone like Oliver Wahlstrom, currently the fifth ranked skater, could fall four spots to nine.

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