The New York Rangers have a total of 5 picks(#15/#45/#57/#105/#135) in this year’s NHL draft. This year’s draft is also considered deep in regards to many quality players should be available in the late 1st round to the early 2nd round. With this in mind, I feel the Rangers have the opportunity to draft a quality player and also pickup an additional draft pick along the way. There are several teams in this year’s draft with multiple 1st round selections (Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton). Out of these 3 teams, Ottawa seems to be the logical choice for the Rangers to strike a deal with. Ottawa has 12 picks in this year’s draft: 2 1st rd/3 2nd rd/1 3rd rd/1 4th rd/1 5th rd/2 6th rd/2 7th rd. With Ottawa picking at #6 and #21 in the 1st round and the Rangers at #15, the Rangers could make a bold move if the circumstances present itself. If the player or players the Rangers are targeting become available somewhere between the 15th and 21st pick, the Rangers should trade down and offer Ottawa their 1st rd pick (#15) for their 1st pick (#21) and also their 2nd rd pick (#35). This would give the Rangers an additional 2nd rd selection go along with their 2 other picks in the 2nd rd. The only way I wouldn’t trade down is if a player projected as a top 10 happens to fall into the Rangers lap. The top ten projected prospects have 5 centers and 4 defense men, so that scenario could occur. However; if the Rangers do trade down with Ottawa and receive their 1st rd (#21) and 2nd rd (#35) for their 1st rd (#15) , this is how I see the Rangers draft selection go:
Round 1 (#21)-Mark McNeil (C)fits into the Rangers current system of play.
options: Sven Bartschi (LW)highly skilled winger with speed and puck handling ability. Vladislav Namestnifov (C)Another skilled forward who would need a couple of years to develop.
Round 2 (#35)-Mark Scheifele (C)Stock has risen over the last few months, shows great hands and good speed for his size.
Round 2 (#45)- Adam Clendening (D)quality offensive defense men who plays both ends of the ice. Showed good PP skills at the point.
Round 2(#57)- Samu Perhonen (G)-Big kid who covers his angles well, very competitive and battles every game.
Options for the 2nd round: Victor Rask (C)/Boone Jenner (C)/Joe Morrow (D)/David Honzik (G)/Matthew Nieto (LW)
round 4:(#104) Logan Shaw (RW)showed offensive skills, skates well and creates space for himself.
Option: Scott Oke (LW)-Tough forward who is not afraid to drop them.
Round 5:(#136) Brady Brassart (C)North and South skater who has good hands.
Options: Jordan Binnington (G) or Peter Ceresnak (D)