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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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Jun
28

Brooks: Rangers to target Ryan Reaves

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Per Larry Brooks, the Rangers are going to target free agent winger Ryan Reaves when free agency opens on Sunday. Reaves is a 31 year old winger and your prototypical “tough guy.” Reaves doesn’t do much on the ice except for punching, but per Brooks, Reaves is an extremely likable guy in the locker room.

My guess is that Reaves is one of those guys the Rangers will target, like Leo Komarov, that may not have an impact on the ice, but will create a culture of learning and comfort in the locker room for the rookies. Komarov speaks multiple languages, which should help kids adapt. Reaves, as a likable guy, should be able to help as well.

But again, on the ice, Reaves doesn’t move the needle much.

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