Rangers take Patrik Virta with pick #207

Patrik Virta

The Rangers have taken yet another over-ager at pick #207, taking center Patrik Virta. The 5’10”, 175 lb center put up 14-12-26 in the Finnish Elite League (SM-Liga) last season. He put up 5-1-6 in 6 playoff games as well. It’s worth noting that 26 points is a lot in Finland. It’s a notoriously low scoring league, like Sweden.

I don’t know much else about him. Josh tweeted that he drives puck possession. I’ll defer to him in tomorrow’s post. Lots of Euros.

That’s it for the draft. Looks like the scouting staff didn’t like many North Americans.

23 thoughts on “Rangers take Patrik Virta with pick #207

  • Jun 24, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Are they trying to fill up the A?

    • Jun 24, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      I honestly don’t know.

  • Jun 24, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    The CUP is ours, I can see this pick hoisting it over his head, skating around MSG.

  • Jun 24, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Wasn’t just the Rangers scouting staff. The profile of picks were prospects that either were going pro before 2020-21 or after 2021, with the latter being the majority. Also probably the draft with the most 20 yr olds taken.

    I’m pretty sure this was a lockout draft.

    • Jun 24, 2017 at 6:40 pm

      “Wasn’t just the Rangers scouting staff. The profile of picks were prospects that either were going pro before 2020-21 or after 2021, with the latter being the majority. Also probably the draft with the most 20 yr olds taken.”


      IMO, this was more about the lack of talented 17/18 year olds eligible for the draft, and more about grabbing players passed over from prior drafts that were very strong who have since made progress.

      Even the 1st rounders, when you look at past years, did not have eye-popping numbers. They didn’t call it a weak draft for nothing

  • Jun 24, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Off topic, but thoughts on Rangers aggressively going after Sam Gagner to replace Lindberg?

    We desperately need a top-6 C and a bottom-6 C.

    Probably going after Thornton or Hanzal to slot in to 1C/2C duties, but that still leaves a big void where Lindberg was.

    Gagner is a fast, hard working producer. Rangers would be idiotic not to go all in on him. I’d even overpay to ensure he signs with us. He made less than a million last season. Overpaying for him wouldn’t even make a dent in our cap space, so we should go in with the intention of out bidding everyone else.

    • Jun 24, 2017 at 7:33 pm



      *Possibly Pionk or Bereglazov is they do well out of camp.

      • Jun 24, 2017 at 10:28 pm

        Thornton is going to play 3c and Hanzal might get the 2c but in most cases I bet that the Rangers don’t go for him. Sam Gagner or Thornton for the 3c, you and others around here will be woken up to how high they’re on about Hayes game. Thornton with speedy skilled wingers taking more of a offensive role in the 3c will help Vesey for now and Hayes game in the long run. Btw the kid is on a bridge deal and is easily in the top 3 in the 3rd line center department for the last 3 years. My money is on to testing what he has to offer and we all know AV is high on him.

    • Jun 24, 2017 at 7:47 pm

      I have been suggesting Gagner for the 3rd line and Hanzal for the 4th.

      Can Marleau play center?

      • Jun 24, 2017 at 7:49 pm

        I’d love Gagner, but I think Hanzal on the 4th is wasteful. Too much money for a fourth liner.

        Thorton 1C, Gagner 4C. Call it a day.

        • Jun 24, 2017 at 8:23 pm

          Hanzal made $3.1M last year and may be one those vet players taking discounted deals just to play in the NHL. although that may change with another team in the league.

      • Jun 24, 2017 at 7:55 pm

        And yes, Marleau has played C quite alot over his career.

        FO average is about 53%, and he’s taken over 6,000 draws.

        • Jun 24, 2017 at 8:21 pm

          Marleau a thought to play with Miller and Buch? Scored 27 goals last year. But that could be a byproduct of the Sharks’ offense as a whole.

          • Jun 24, 2017 at 8:24 pm

            I could get down with that.

            • Jun 25, 2017 at 6:20 am

              The Gagner idea is also growing on me.

    • Jun 24, 2017 at 10:46 pm

      Gagner is Pirri. He might not even be that.

      Please stop.

      • Jun 25, 2017 at 4:04 am

        He put up 50 points and is way more dynamic than Pirri’s one-dimensional game.

        For a 4th line center, he’d be a wonderful addition.

        • Jun 25, 2017 at 6:27 am

          To be fair, on a 1 yr deal as a 4C, he would outscore his role.

          Still want Hanzal on a 1 yr for a checking 3C. I don’t care if we overpay both of them as long as it’s one season.

          • Jun 25, 2017 at 7:02 am

            Nothing wrong with Gagner and Hanzal as our bottom 6 centers.

  • Jun 24, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    Draft done – Josh, do your magic!

  • Jun 24, 2017 at 4:16 pm

    Why have my comments been modded lately?

    • Jun 25, 2017 at 4:05 am

      I see the return of the thumps up/down function is already being put to proper use.

  • Jun 25, 2017 at 7:38 am

    shattenkirk & Smith??

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