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.
10:50: Nashville acquired pick #62 from San Jose for picks #72 and #102. Detroit traded pick #76 and a 2015 3rd rounder for pick #63.
10:55: The Islanders traded pick #65 to Florida for a 2015 3rd rounder.
11:03: St. Louis traded defenseman Roman Polak to Toronto for Carl Gunnarsson and pick #94. Arizona also traded pick #73 to Montreal for picks #87 and #117.
11:20: Tampa Bay traded pick #80 and a 2015 7th rounder to Minnesota for pick #79.
11:21 Rangers have traded pick #89 to Washington for picks #104 and 118.
11:25 Calgary has acquired Brandon Bollig from Chicago for pick #83.
11:27: Rangers select Keegan Iverson out of Portland in the WHL with pick #85. Iverson put up 22-20-42 in 67 games this year. Iverson is a right handed center, 6-foot, 200-lbs.
11:44: Rangers select defenseman Ryan Mantha out of the USHL with pick #104. Mantha put up 2-7-9 in 24 games, is a big dude at 6’5″ and 225-lbs. He is also a right handed shot.
12:00: Rangers take Igor Shesterkin, a goalie out of Moscow Spartak at #118, and trade pick #119 to Tampa Bay for picks #140 and #142.
12:06: Rangers select RW Richard Nejezchleb out of the WHL (Brandon Wheat Kings). We profiled him here.
12:20: Rangers select defenseman Daniel Walcott out of Blainsville-Boisbriand of the QMJHL. The 5’11” 168 lb defenseman put up 10-29-39 in 67 games. The Rangers also select Tyler Nanne, a defenseman out of high school (5’10”, 175 lbs).