This post was contributed to FanSided.com by Shawn Taggard, editor of FanSided’s very own New York Rangers blog, Blue Line Station. For more Rangers news and rumors, be sure to check out BlueLineStation.com.
With the NHL draft just days away, the New York Rangers first selection will not come until the 3rd round, where the team will make the 65th selection in the draft. While the top tier players are normally out by the time the third round rolls around, the Rangers will have to go back in time and conjure up some late round magic like they have with their current crop of players, and hope they pan out and succeed in the National Hockey League.
Players that have been brought in the later rounds that have seen success in the Rangers organization are: Henrik Lundqvist (205th Overall, 2000), Ryan Callahan (127thOverall, 2004), Carl Hagelin (167th Overall, 2007), Daniel Girardi and Mats Zuccarello (Undrafted). Glen Sather and the Rangers front office look to continue that trend, and are looking very hard at players that will fit that mold, and lead the team in the future.
While as of this article there is no interest for the Rangers to move up in the draft to take a top pick away from a team looking to move their first round pick, if the Rangers did decide to do so a current roster player and a later round draft pick would have to be given up, and the Rangers aren’t interested in making a move to do so. The Rangers are going to make do with the picks that they have, and are going to attempt to make history repeat itself.
The NHL Draft takes place Sunday June 30, and you can catch the action on NBCSN or TSN at 3PM EST.
New York Rangers Draft Picks: 65, 75, 80, 110, 170