The Rangers have begun that rebuild acceleration process we heard so much about. Knowing that defense prospect Adam Fox would not sign with them, the Hurricanes have sent him to the Rangers for the Blueshirts’ own 2nd rounder this year and a conditional 3rd rounder next year. That conditional 3rd becomes a 2nd if Fox plays 30 games with the Rangers next season. This is a strong possibility.
Fox, Calgary’s 3rd round pick in 2016, put up a line of 9-39-48 in 33 games with Harvard this season. The 21 year old from Jericho is now expected to go pro this year following the trade. The Rangers would not have sent a high 2nd rounder this year for him if that was not the case.
With this trade, the Rangers have sent a pair of picks to ensure Fox signs with them and that he comes in this year. Considering the number of picks they’ve made the past two years and will make this year, plus the quality – 5 1st rounders so far, plus the #2 overall, Winnipeg’s pick, and possibly Dallas’s pick this year – they have the ability to make deals like this.