Day One of the 2016 NHL Draft has come and gone. The Rangers were silent amid rumors that they were trying to get back into the first round. Those rumored included some big names like Dan Girardi, Marc Staal, Rick Nash, and Derek Stepan. Nothing came to fruition yesterday, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be some action today on the Rangers front.
Around the league, Lars Eller went from Montreal to Washington to make room for Andrew Shaw from Chicago. The price for both players was a pair of second round picks. Brian Elliott went from St. Louis to Calgary for a second round pick as well. But the biggest trade of the night was when Arizona acquired Pavel Datsyuk’s contract to move up in the draft. Arizona now has Datsyuk –whom they will suspend when he does not show up for camp, thus not having to pay his salary– and Chris Pronger on the payroll. That’s a cap hit of over $12 million for just $575,000 in real money.
There’s a lot of movement in Day Two, and NHLN usually does a terrible job of covering who actually gets pick. I will be live blogging again, with Rangers moves in bold. Prediction: Rick Nash and Marc Staal get moved today. As the Rangers pick, I’ll be putting in draft rankings from Platinum Seat Ghosts. He basically consolidated all the rankings provided and came up with one general ranking based on that. Nice way of consolidating all the opinions.
- Dmitriy Kulikov and the #33 pick heads to Buffalo for Mark Pysyk and picks #38 and #89. Good deal for Florida. They are doing a lot of right things.
- Arizona acquires Anthony DeAngelo from Tampa Bay for pick #37. DeAngelo was their first rounder in 2014. A bit of a shocker.
- Question for you all: Do you think the Rangers get into the second round? What about getting more draft picks in the draft?
- Pittsburgh trades Beau Bennett to New Jersey for pick #77.
- NHLN is reporting that the Rangers are going to make a big offer to Steven Stamkos. This from Elliotte Friedman and John Shannon.
- Rangers select defenseman Sean Day with their third round pick (#81). Average ranking og 68, seen as high as 47 and as low as 103. Day is a very high ceiling player, a good risk for the Rangers, who desperately need skilled defensemen.
- In case you were wondering, NHL Network isn’t really broadcasting who gets picked. Par for the course.
- The Stars send goalie Jack Campbell to LA for D Nick Ebert. Minor trade.
- Rangers select Tarmo Reunanen with their fourth rounder (#98). Another skilled defenseman that is a great skater, like Day. Seems like the Rangers are going after great skaters, a good sign. He was a bit off the board though, average ranking of 146.
- Rangers select Tim Gettinger with their 5th rounder (#141), a big winger from the OHL. His average rank was 62, so he fell. Needs to figure out how to use his size better, but is a great skater. There’s a recurring theme here.
- Rangers take forward Gabriel Fontaine (#171) and Tyler Wall (#174) with their sixth round picks. The second 6th rounder was acquired in the Keith Yandle trade.
- With their seventh rounder the Rangers take Ty Ronning.