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In case you missed it, the Rangers decided to pass on signing two of their drafted prospects. The length of time given to sign drafted prospects varies by age, but it always expires on June 1 of that year. For the Rangers, June 1 came and went without contracts for Daniel Bernhardt or Dominik Lakatos.

Bernhardt, the Blueshirts’ second 4th round pick in 2015 (119th overall), was very unlucky. He’s dealt with major hip issues for quite some time and they never got fixed. His last appearance was in Sweden and it looks like he didn’t play at all this year. The Rangers deciding not to sign him isn’t a surprise.

When the Rangers took Lakatos as a 20 year old in the 2017 draft, it was viewed as a little bit of a surprise. The 6th rounder (#157 overall) has played his entire career in the Czech Republic, topping out in his draft year with a line of 10-12-22 in 41 games. He recently signed with Vitkovic in the Czech league, so letting his rights expire also wasn’t much of a surprise.


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