6th Round Selection #168 - Rangers select Carl Hagelin
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06-23-2007, 04:34 PM
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I'm not sure I hold Mr Rockstrom in quite so high regard anymore...he also of course was the one suggesting they draft Marcus Jonasen...the last Swedish player drafted by the Rangers. For the most part he hasn't really been finding much in the way of players in the last couple of drafts...it may be because the Rangers scouting organization as a whole has overrode his opinions, but for whatever reason it's been fairly light in terms of Swedish and Finnish prospects.
Rockström doesn't have the best contacts in Finland, it seems to me, though he was the driving force behind drafting the Korpedo. His speciality is Swedes but also Russians. From what I understand, he has a lot of understanding of and contacts in Russia. Also, I think the Rangers have been following Jan Gajdosik's advice in Europe recently: hence all the Czechs and Slovaks.
Jonasén didn't work out for the Rangers, but he really looked like a possible NHL'er for a while. He wasn't exactly a horrible pick. If he had developed as hoped, he could have been a decent 3rd-line or even 2nd-line player with size and real leadership skills (he was the captain of his team in the WHL, afterall). He'll actually be playing at MoDo next season, after two years in the Allsvenskan.
Rockström has built his spectacular reputation, at least to us outsiders, on finding late-round Swedes, which even for him doesn't pan out every time. Every few years he pulls a real rabbit out of the hat. While we may hype him up a little too much, we are talking about the guy who dug up Niklas Lidström, Kim Johnsson and Henrik Lundqvist, amongst others.
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