Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 6/23/12
It should come as no surprise that the Rangers again dipped into the ever-improving talent pool of American-born prospects to make their first-round selection.  With the 28th pick in the draft, Gordie Clark announced the selection of defenseman Brady Skjei, a Minnesota native out of the U.S. National Team Development Program, from which the Blueshirts selected J.T. Miller a year ago. Beyond his American ties, defenseman Brady Skjei possesses one trait that New York’s scouting staff covets – tremendous skating ability. Effortless skating is one thing, but it’s all the more impressive when it’s attached to a 6-foot-3, 200-pound frame.  It’s basically unheard of for a player that size to have the speed and fluidity of Skjei and that gives him a pretty sizable advantage over many other prospects.  However, outside of his size and skating, Skjei’s tools are raw. In his own zone, Skjei consistently makes good decisions and is sound positionally. Though Skjei is willing to ...
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