2019 NHL Draft: Rangers select defenseman Hunter Skinner with 4th round pick

The Rangers have selected righty defenseman Hunter Skinner with their fourth round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. Skinner, 6’3″, 175 lbs, put up 5-17-22 in 52 games in the USHL this year. Skinner is committed to Western Michigan this fall.

Skinner is certainly a candidate for best draft name…that’s all I really have on him. Looks like a lot of people didn’t have him on their board this high, or at all.

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    The Rangers continue their draft with the selection of Hunter Skinner. He is committed to Western Michigan University and will play NCAA hockey.

    Here’s what Skinner’s coach Cody Chupp had to say about him ahead of the draft.

    “Hunter was a young kid with a high skill set for us this year. He’s extremely athletic, he has the ability to play a game with pace and physicality .He is essentially what you think of when you think of an NHL pick. He’s a young kid that’s spent a lot of time playing forward in his career up until about a year ago. He’s continuing to develop his defensive game and I think that’s his focus going forward: to be that guy that can play in any situation, and be someone who’s sound and responsible defensively. Because of his athletic ability and his skill set, he does have that ability to add to your offense and fuel your offense. I think he’s an intriguing guy for a lot of NHL teams, first based on his athletic ability, his ability to recover and skate, but ultimately he’s a big body that can chip in on offense and help your team win in a variety of ways. We’re excited to have him back this year and it’s an exciting year for him. We look forward to what he’ll bring to us on the ice as well as his impact as a veteran and a leader.”

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