Sounds like there have been plenty of calls to #NYR GM Jeff Gorton about availability of the No. 1 overall pick over last two months – including a (recent?) overture from #LAKings to swap No. 1 and No. 2.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) October 6, 2020
This isn’t overly surprising. I’d have to assume calls like this happen regularly. As of now, the Rangers haven’t had any intentions of trading the top pick.
That offer from LA must have been interesting. There are a few good arguments for Quinton Byfield as the top pick, and that’s presumably who will go second overall.
This also shows us that the Rangers plan on taking Alexis Lafreniere with the top pick. If they were leaning another way, they’d trade the pick.