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Jun
29

Thoughts following the 2018 NHL Draft

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Happy Friday, BSB community! Last Friday evening, the Rangers embarked on the organization’s most important Draft in quite some time.  Seven rounds worth of picks (10 total) and a couple of trades took place, which made clear the team is maintaining a long-range view with their re-build strategy.  No big splashes, no connections to pricey free agents, just a pure drafting and developing strategy.  As you can imagine after all that, I have some thoughts…

1. On the day of the Draft, I wrote an article on what was at stake for the organization.  The two things I wanted to see was a clear organizational philosophy about how to move forward with the re-build and to see some prudent asset management.  I think we got shades of both of those things.  I think the organizational philosophy is pretty clear long-term, but not so much in the short term.  All three first round picks are at least a year away from The Show and the Rangers did a pretty decent job of trying to swing for elite talent.  Asset management evaluation was a little difficult because the Rangers only made two trades, both pick for pick moves involving no NHL players.  Read More→

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olof lindbom

Picking up where we left off this morning. Here is Part Two of of the 2018 draft review.

Round 2 Pick 39, Olof Lindbom G

The pick that ended the world. I get the outrage about the pick, trust me I was mad too. I wanted a forward and do not get the logic about selecting a goalie when we are pretty stacked at that position. That said,  I try to only focus at the picks at hand, this guy is a Ranger, it is unhealthy to look at who was selected after. Also, lets stop caring about what the Islanders do, yes they looked like they had a great draft but at the end of the day they do not matter to the players the Rangers want to develop and finally, how many drafts actually work out in which the central scouting rankings are the exact ways in which players end up NHLers.

Back to Olof. Unfortunately, I do not know much about goaltenders, outside of the ones I like to focus on in Russia. I can’t comment on his style but I can make a few comments about the pick. First, I don’t like that his sv% is under .900 normally for a goalie to be successful you want domination or at the very least success at these lower leagues. On the other hand when playing for the Swedish national prospect team his numbers rise to .949 and .910 in the U18 and U20 tournaments respectively. When the difference is this stark I tend to see the quality of play of the other goaltender on his junior team and Rosengren who is 2 years older had a .920 SV%. I personally don’t see the excitement that the Rangers management saw in Lindbom but clearly the Rangers loved him and think Allaire can work his magic. He was not the #1 ranked goalie and taking him at 39 certainly shows how much they love him. Lets hope it works out.

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vitali kravtsov

The 2018 Draft has come and passed. In the first real draft of the rebuild, the Rangers have supplemented the 2017 first rounders that were able to debut on Broadway this spring with three more first rounders. Over the last couple of years, I have noticed a few strategies, or trends with the Rangers in their selection of prospects. First, I feel like they acquire positions in bunches. When we had no goaltenders in the system the Rangers went on a run in three drafts and were able to select goaltenders to revamp the prospect pool along with adding a few undrafted.

The 2017 draft seemed to revolve around building through the middle as the Rangers selected Chytil, Andersson and even Barron to give them centers with varying levels of offensive potential to blend with a fairly young group of top-dix centers in Zibanejad and Hayes. During the deadline the Rangers built upon that center depth by getting Howden but they also seemed to focus on getting defensemen that can play a puck moving game. Rykov, Lindgren, and Hajek provided the Rangers a group of defensemen that all seem like they can be quality pros at the same time.

In this 2018 draft we see a continuation of this as in the 10 selections that were made, 6 defensemen were chosen. If I were a betting man, I would expect the Rangers to select some more wingers in next year’s draft or get some wing prospects in the highly anticipated trades.

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Jun
23

2018 NHL Draft Day 2 Open Thread

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The second day of the 2018 NHL Draft is upon us, and if you’re like me, you’re sleepy and trying to stay awake. Barring any trades, the Rangers have the following picks:

  • 2nd round (8th pick) – 39th overall
  • 3rd round (8th pick) – 70th overall
  • 3rd round (26th pick) – 88th overall
  • 4th round (8th pick) – 101st overall
  • 5th round (8th pick) – 132nd overall
  • 6th round (8th pick) – 163rd overall

We will be updating this regularly, so stay tuned.

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Jun
22

2018 NHL Draft: First Round Open Thread

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The 2018 NHL Draft is upon us. As of the writing of this post, the Rangers hold the 9th, 26th, and 28th picks in the first round. Of course that could change at any point, as the draft is where we see a good amount of action. This post is going to be updated throughout the draft, so stay tuned!

There are a bunch of Rangers rumors from throughout the day, so here’s a quick rundown:

  • There is a lot of smoke around Kevin Hayes, potentially to Calgary, but there is no interest in Dougie Hamilton. Sights could be set on Adam Fox or Sam Bennett, but Travis Hamonic’s name came up.
  • The Rangers appear to be in on a salary dump involving Milan Lucic.
  • The Rangers want to move up in the draft.

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joe veleno

Check out our other reviews: Oliver WahlstromQuinn HughesBrady TkachukAdam BoqvistNoah DobsonEvan BouchardTy SmithJoel FarabeeSerron NoelJesperi Kotkaniemi, Martin Kaut, Adam Ginning, Rasmus Kupari.

Our draft preview continue, this time with guys that the Rangers may be looking at for the end of the first round. The Blueshirts have the 26th (Bruins) and 28th (Lightning) picks in this draft, in addition to the 9th overall. Many expect the Rangers to package the later picks to move up, but there is still a very realistic scenario in which they stand pat and make all three picks.

Joseph Veleno

Veleno is one of those kids that is very high ceiling, and may actually slip in the draft. The 6’1″, 195 lb center finished a solid draft year in the QMJHL, putting up 22-57-79 in 64 games with St. John’s and Drummondville. Veleno has size, speed, skating, playmaking, and vision.  Veleno was just the fifth player to be granted “exceptional status” in the CHL, meaning he could play in the league at 15 years old.

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martin kaut

Check out our other reviews: Oliver WahlstromQuinn HughesBrady TkachukAdam BoqvistNoah DobsonEvan BouchardTy Smith, Joel Farabee, Serron Noel, Jesperi Kotkaniemi.

The Rangers are in an interesting spot this year. With three picks in the first round, they have a rare opportunity to swing for the fences multiple times. They will get at least one prospect with elite level talent at #9 overall, that part we can assume. They also have picks 26 and (likely) 30 or 31, which gives them multiple options in trading scenarios.

If the Blueshirts move up, they could be targeting some of these kids who fall outside the “big nine” that seems to be on everyone’s mind. They could also luck out and have some of these guys fall to them at the end of the first round. These are more boom or bust scenarios, but In Gordie We Trust.

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joel farabee

Check out our other reviews: Oliver WahlstromQuinn HughesBrady TkachukAdam BoqvistNoah DobsonEvan Bouchard, Ty Smith.

The major prospects that might be available to the Rangers at #9 have been reviewed, and it’s likely the Rangers will be able to grab at least one of the seven listed above. If they grab one of the big three, well I apologize for not reviewing them, but rest assured they are all awesome.

Now we are getting into the next level of prospects, those that will more than likely be there after the top-ten. This is the area where we might see the Rangers move up from 26 (Boston) or 30-31 (Tampa), or if they like one of these guys they might trade back. These are mostly high ceiling guys, but more boom or bust potential.

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May
16

2018 NHL Draft Profile: Ty Smith

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ty smith

Check out our other reviews: Oliver WahlstromQuinn HughesBrady TkachukAdam BoqvistNoah Dobson, Evan Bouchard.

Another draft profile, another defenseman. Ty Smith is the last of the major defensemen that could go in the top-ten without a team going off the board early. Smith is coming off a monster sophomore season with the Spokane Chiefs in the WHL, putting up a line of 14-59-73 in the notoriously high scoring league.

The 5’10”, 180 lb defenseman’s best asset is his skating. I know we say this a lot here, but nowadays teams need defensemen who can skate, and do so at an elite level. Smith is one of those elite skaters. His combination of acceleration, top speed, balance, pivoting, and agility is nearly unmatched in the draft.

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May
14

2018 NHL Draft Profile: Evan Bouchard

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Check out our other reviews: Oliver WahlstromQuinn HughesBrady TkachukAdam Boqvist, Noah Dobson.

Next up in the draft reviews is another defenseman, Evan Bouchard. Bouchard is one of many defensemen that may fall to the Rangers at ninth, but may also be taken long before the Rangers pick. The 6’2, 193 lb defenseman is coming off a huge year with the London Knights, with a line of 21-54-75 in 57 games. He took a whopping 248 (!!!) shots, which is crazy for a blue liner.

As you can imagine, Bouchard thrives on the powerplay, He sees the ice well, he has elite passing skill, and is just an overall smooth puck mover. But Bouchard isn’t just a passer, as you can tell from the number of shots he’s taken. Teams need to respect his heavy shot, which opens up the ice for better looks. But when he does take the shot, it’s low, hard, and accurate. Most importantly, he gets his shot through.

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