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08-09-2004, 09:25 PM
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The system that Renney and McGill are trying to establish for the Rangers depends on centers that have speed, vision, and playmaking skills. Olver has those in spades.

He lead his team in scoring while playing through injuries as a freshman (and he's a true freshman, not one who spent his draft year in the USHL). And if NMU had better finishers to put on his line, he would have scored even more.

Here is an interesting article about the Rangers' draft.

Maloney sez:
Darin Olver (second round, 36th overall), a centerman from Northern Michigan, Walt Kyle coached, and we know Walt very well obviously," says Maloney. "He's (Olver) a really quick, playmaking center. He has to get bigger, but he's very, very intelligent, very quick.

"When we were sitting there at (picks) 36 and 37 there were two defensemen that we really liked that went at 34 and 35, right before our picks. Again, it's the luck of the draft. That's the way it goes. Had we gotten one of those two defensemen we would have just been overjoyed. But it wasn't there, and consequently we did not draft many defensemen at all in this draft.

The defensmen taken at 34 and 35 were Johan Fransson and Logan Stephenson

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