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The New York Rangers are scheduled to select 28th overall in the June draft (barring a trade for Rick Nash) meaning they will make their first pick later than they have since 2002, when New York selected center Lee Falardeau 33rd overall out of Michigan State.
By pick number 28, all of the “can’t miss” prospects will be long gone and there won’t be a whole lot of top talent still available, which leaves the Rangers in an interesting position.
The organization has done a tremendous job assembling prospect depth in recent years and currently boasts an embarrassment of riches.
On defense, the Blueshirts have three All-Star caliber players under the age of 29 and top prospects Tim Erixon and Dylan McIlrath on the way as well.
Up front New York has supplemented a rugged young core with an infusion of skill in the form of Chris Kreider and value picks that could pay major dividends like Michael St. Croix and Steven Fogarty.
The only position that truly lacks depth in the pipeline is in goal, where the team has spent little energy since unearthing franchise keeper Henrik Lundqvist. But, it’s rare for teams to draft goaltenders in the first round, and would be completely nonsensical for a team that boasts a Vezina Trophy candidate that’s just 30-years-old, so it’s a safe bet that New York won’t burn the 28th pick on a netminder.
There are no sure things that deep into the draft and given the Rangers’ current prospect depth, the team’s first-round pick this year might represent a good opportunity to swing for the fences. This would be a perfect time to select a high-risk, high-reward player, one that the scouting staff believes has high-end talent but may come with major question marks.
Not all teams are in position to make such a pick, but the Blueshirts have the luxury of an existing nucleus of very solid young talent and a team that has already proven itself as a viable contender.
While GM Glen Sather, Director of Personnel Gordie Clark and company have had tremendous success lately drafting players of a specific mindset – and they deserve kudos for following such a unique blueprint – the playoffs showed us that New York does need another elite level talent or two.
One may be obtained via free agency or trade this summer, but this would also be a golden chance for the Blueshirts to snap up a player that has legitimate concerns, but that they believe has the potential to turn into a truly special player down the road. Someone like, say, Tom Wilson of the Plymouth Whalers, a pure power forward that stands out for his physical play but may or may not have the offensive ceiling to become a true top-six forward.
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Brandon Dubinsky was often one of the most commonly debated names on the New York Rangers, at least this season, here on the blog. The fan base is split fifty-fifty on number 17 and whether or not he should be playing as a Broadway Blueshirt in a few months from now or not. He was nearly traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Rick Nash just prior to the 2012 trade deadline during...
This, along with that of Henrik Lundqvist, will be the easiest of the player reviews to write.
Ryan Callahan had a breakout year with the New York Rangers during the 2010-11 season, reaching career highs in all statistical categories and really making a name for himself League-wide. I remember writing an article back on December 14 of 2010 on Callahan becoming the epitome of...
Now it’s time to grade the left wingers of the New York Rangers. We loved the heat our grade for John Mitchell brought to our comments section, it was great. But then again, hater’s who consistently hate on one name will always go after guys like Mitchell, especially in New York. And yes, for the [...]
I wrote about this for another blog a few days ago but figured I would post it here as well.
Lundqvist Changed The Rangers For The Better
When it comes to the National Hockey League, there have been a lot of great netminders that have graced our game.
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Assuming Brandon Dubinsky is indeed available, Thursday’s news of David Jones being rewarded with a new four year, $16m contract from the Colorado Avalanche may make Brandon Dubinsky’s contract more appealing to potential suitors.
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Don’t laugh, don’t get angry, don’t ignore the rest of the post. I’m serious on this one. Michael Rozsival could be a good temporary solution to the defensive depth issues we saw during the Rangers playoff run this year.
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