After the longest draft ever conceived by man, the 2020 NHL Draft is finally over. The Rangers went into the draft with eleven picks in the draft. They would trade up twice, using three picks in the process. All in all, the Blueshirts made nine selections. Here’s a recap of the NY Rangers picks in the 2020 draft:
- #1 overall: The Rangers selected Alexis Lafreniere. Duh.
- #19 overall: The Rangers traded the #22 and the #72 picks to move up to #19. They selected defenseman Braden Schneider with the pick.
- #60 overall: The Rangers didn’t originally have a pick in the second round. They traded Lias Andersson to the Kings for the #60 pick. They used the pick on forward William Cuylle.
- #92 overall: The Rangers originally had two picks in this round, but used one to move up in the first round. With this pick, the Rangers took forward Oliver Tarnstrom.
- #127 overall: The Rangers traded up for this pick, sending two 7th rounders (#196, #206) to San Jose before selecting forward Evan Vierling.
- #134 overall: The Rangers took forward Brett Berard with this pick.
- #197 overall: In what can only be viewed as poetic, the Rangers selected a Swedish goalie (Hugo Ollas) in the 7th round in the same year Henrik Lundqvist parted ways with the Blueshirts.
Over the next week or so, we will be breaking down each pick, giving full scouting reports. Usually we’d do this immediately, but we are getting right into free agency. It’s a busy time, but we will have those for you soon enough.