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The deadline to sign draftees is June 1 two years following their draft year (for the most part, there are exceptions for NCAA/Euros). For the Rangers, this means that 2014 draftees must be signed by midnight tonight. Keegan Iverson (3rd) and Ryan Mantha (4th) remain unsigned, and appear to be on the verge of being let go by the Rangers.

Iverson, who was drafted with the pick acquired from Vancouver for Derek Dorsett, was a questionable pick when made. The 6’1, 218 lb forward scored 22 goals in his draft year, but has seen his goal and point totals slip in subsequent years. Junior hockey players are supposed to see improvements in scoring as they get older and more mature than their teenage counterparts. Iverson did not.

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2014 Draft review

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Halverson (Photo: OHL Images)

Halverson (Photo: OHL Images)

The Rangers went into the 2014 draft with four picks, and wound up making seven selections. They acquired the extra picks by dealing Derek Dorsett to Vancouver and trading down twice in the fourth and fifth rounds. Considering it wasn’t a particularly deep draft, in that there were few impact players, the Rangers made some good selections to not only restock the prospect cupboard, but address organizational needs within the system. It’s worth noting that most of these picks are project picks, and will take around three or four years to develop.

Brandon Halverson (G, Soo Greyhounds, OHL – 2nd round)

Halverson is one of the two picks that intrigue me the most. Goalie was a big position of weakness in the system, and Halverson was the first of two goalies taken by the Rangers. He didn’t get much playing time in OHL last season because he was backup, but he will be main guy this year. At 6’4, Halverson is certainly a big kid. Corey Pronman says he is big, athletic, and an elite puck handler. Vic Carneiro (Director of Player Personnel for the Greyhounds) mentioned he’s like having an extra defenseman, and a very good goalie. Halverson does need to fill out a bit, and will attend the US WJC camp this year. Overconfidence in his puck handling has been an issue, but it should right itself as he plays more.

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Rangers 2014 draft picks and summary

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The Rangers started the 2014 NHL draft with just four picks (2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th), but eventually made six selections (2nd, 3rd, 4th, three 5ths) in the draft. We will be taking an in-depth look at the selections, but here is a brief summary of the past two days (live blogs here and here):

  • Traded Derek Dorsett to Vancouver for a 3rd round pick (#85 overall).
  • Selected goaltender Brandon Halverson with their 2nd round pick (#59 overall).
  • Selected center Keegan Iverson with a third round pick (#85 overall).
  • Traded a third round pick (#89 overall) to Washington for a pair of fourth rounders (#104 and #118).
  • Selected defenseman Ryan Mantha with a fourth round pick (#104 overall).
  • Selected goaltender Igor Shesterkin with a fourth round pick (#118 overall).
  • Traded a fourth round pick (#119 overall) to Tampa Bay for a pair of fifth round picks (#140 and #142).
  • Selected RW Richard Nejezchleb with a fifth round pick (#122).
  • Selected defenseman Daniel Walcott with a fifth round pick (#140)
  • Selected defenseman Tyler Nanne with a fifth round pick (#142)
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2014 NHL Draft, day two

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Last night was fairly anti-climactic. Despite all the talk about trading top picks and players on the move, there were only three non-Vancouver trades last night, and only one involving players. Florida kept the top pick, the Isles kept the 5th pick, and only a pair of teams traded up (Chicago, Isles). The draft was made a bit interesting, at least from a local point of view, when the Isles traded up to get pick #28 from Tampa Bay. That pick was originally the Rangers pick, but was dealt to Tampa Bay in the Martin St. Louis draft.

Only one of our reviewed prospects was taken last night (Travis Sanheim), so there are still a lot of solid prospects available for the Rangers to pick at #59. We will be live-blogging rounds 2-7 this morning, and the action begins at 10am on the NHL Network.

10:19: Washington traded up to get the #39 pick from Buffalo, giving up #44 and #74.

10:30: Predators traded pick #46 to San Jose for pick #51 and a 5th rounder in 2015.

10:36: Vancouver traded the #50 pick to LA for Linden Vey.

10:45: Rangers select Brandon Halverson, a goalie out of Sault Ste Marie in the OHL with pick #59. Halverson had a 2.96 GAA and a .904 SV% with SSM last season, his rookie year.

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