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New York Rangers 2012 draft preview

 

Of the 28 players currently listed on the New York Rangers' roster, 10 are former Blueshirts' draft selections, and two (Ryan McDonagh and Tim Erixon) were obtained by the team through trade prior to the beginning their professional careers. One additional player, Dan Girardi, was signed as a free agent after a year of playing with the Rangers' AHL affiliate. Thirteen of the 28 players on New York's current roster are therefore homegrown, making the NHL Draft the primary source of NHL players for the team.



Top 10 Prospects:

1. Chris Kreider, LW
2. Tim Erixon, D
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Thanks for the write-up Leslie! Just a couple of questions:

Who have the Rangers soured on in their prospect pool? Last year it was Grachev and Kundratek. Anyone new?

Also, you mention a UFA as the top-line LW, who have you heard mentioned? Anyone interesting?

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Thanks for the write-up Leslie! Just a couple of questions:

Who have the Rangers soured on in their prospect pool? Last year it was Grachev and Kundratek. Anyone new?

Also, you mention a UFA as the top-line LW, who have you heard mentioned? Anyone interesting?
Was wondering the exact same thing. Good article.

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This needs more love.

Great article, very informative. Wonder who the Rangers will add up front.

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Thanks for the write-up Leslie! Just a couple of questions:

Who have the Rangers soured on in their prospect pool? Last year it was Grachev and Kundratek. Anyone new?

Also, you mention a UFA as the top-line LW, who have you heard mentioned? Anyone interesting?
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Was wondering the exact same thing. Good article.
Ryan Bourque seems an obvious candidate. Shame, I had always been down on him due to his size - and then he absolutely blew me away in TC. I was ready to eat crow... only to see him fail miserably (primarily due to his size) when he moved to HFD.

(Thanks as always for the great work, Leslie!)

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Thank you Leslie

as a long time fan of the club it is very pleasing and encouraging to see how many of the teams players are young and developing through the Rangers program.

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Five bucks says we trade our 1st round pick this year.

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Great article as always! Thank you.

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Five bucks says we trade our 1st round pick this year.
Wouldn't shock me at all of that happened.

Why does it seem Erixson expectaions have fallen off. I could see the Rangers packaging him & a first rounder if that's the case. I would hate to give up on him but if this is the thinking of management than so be it.

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Although the article touches on it, is it wrong of me to think that the Rangers should take Subban if he were to fall to 28?
I know Hank is Hank, but goalies usually take a good 4-6 years to develop into starter material, and by then Hank will be in his late 30s (hopefully with a few cups to his name)

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Although the article touches on it, is it wrong of me to think that the Rangers should take Subban if he were to fall to 28?
I know Hank is Hank, but goalies usually take a good 4-6 years to develop into starter material, and by then Hank will be in his late 30s (hopefully with a few cups to his name)
No. I actually like the idea. BPA.
If nobody we have our eye on falls, I don't think it would be a horrible pick. The Devil fans would be up in arms.

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Not sure I take a goalie at 28 this year. Hank is still very young as goalies go.

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Can't rationalize taking a goalie in the first round. You can always find a goalie in later rounds. And since goalies have such little value on the trade market I don't see using the pick on a goalie to be a good use of the pick.

Rather trade down.

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I actually think the team is a little disappointed in Erixon's development. The Rangers were hoping that he would be ready at some time during the past season, but he needs more upper body strength. Although, this does not mean that Erixon will never develop into what the Rangers are/were looking for, it does make him more likely to be trade bait than he was last summer.

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I actually think the team is a little disappointed in Erixon's development. The Rangers were hoping that he would be ready at some time during the past season, but he needs more upper body strength. Although, this does not mean that Erixon will never develop into what the Rangers are/were looking for, it does make him more likely to be trade bait than he was last summer.
It's not just upper body strength, when are people going to realize this? It has to do with persona not physical trait with Erixon. I fear for this kid's development, and think his insistence on Rangers will ruin his career. Hope not.

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Can't rationalize taking a goalie in the first round. You can always find a goalie in later rounds. And since goalies have such little value on the trade market I don't see using the pick on a goalie to be a good use of the pick.

Rather trade down.
This is not true. The last useful netminder came from the 2000 draft. We know who that is. The next one who showed promise, but lost his career to injury was in 2001 with Dan Blackburn. The pick was a first round pick.

Our strategy 2009, 2007, 2003, and 1999 was exactly what you describe as 'always finding one in the later rounds'. We didn't. We didn't then; those odds are just as likely to be such in the future as well.

We failed with Montoya. But as Chief points out, a first round netminder has good data to support the selection over the years. Especially in a year with a draft like this. Subban or Vasilevski will almost surely be the best hockey athlete on board at 28.

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This is not true. The last useful netminder came from the 2000 draft. We know who that is. The next one who showed promise, but lost his career to injury was in 2001 with Dan Blackburn. The pick was a first round pick.

Our strategy 2009, 2007, 2003, and 1999 was exactly what you describe as 'always finding one in the later rounds'. We didn't. We didn't then; those odds are just as likely to be such in the future as well.

We failed with Montoya. But as Chief points out, a first round netminder has good data to support the selection over the years. Especially in a year with a draft like this. Subban or Vasilevski will almost surely be the best hockey athlete on board at 28.

Then trade down.

No reason to use a first round pick on a goalie.

The Blackburn pick came when nobody could possible imagine that Hank would become what he is. The Montoya pick came because there was obviously internal concern about Montoya.

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Leslie, thank you for a great and informative piece.

Surprised Rangers pass up Henrik Samuelsson (who many love) and Nicolas Kerdiles (who Coldshot really likes, if I'm remembering correctly) for a G.

I'm hoping for Tanner Pearson, myself...

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Then trade down.

No reason to use a first round pick on a goalie.

The Blackburn pick came when nobody could possible imagine that Hank would become what he is. The Montoya pick came because there was obviously internal concern about Montoya.
Really hoping for this.

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thanks for the article Leslie. I think the Rangers will give Erixon at least one more season unless something very unusual happens.

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Great article. I really can not see the Rangers taking a goalie in the first round. They are more than likely going to either trade down or use the pick to acquire some top line talent. This draft is a weak one overall outside of the first 10-15 picks imo

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I'd love Subban at 28 if he's there. Hank will be 36 by the time Subban is ready to go most likely, and at that point, either Hank is on the decline and retires, or you have a Schneider/Rask type situation with Subban where you can trade him or have him platoon with Hank.

I like that notion.

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thanks for the article Leslie. I think the Rangers will give Erixon at least one more season unless something very unusual happens.
Seems like he's not brain dead and has most of the tools and he's not 'soft' just not rock hard for a bruising game; we want most players to have most options, and toughness in D useful if not normally essential.

If he hits the weights carefully and doesn't restrict his skating, he'll be here soon enough.

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I'd love Subban at 28 if he's there. Hank will be 36 by the time Subban is ready to go most likely, and at that point, either Hank is on the decline and retires, or you have a Schneider/Rask type situation with Subban where you can trade him or have him platoon with Hank.

I like that notion.
I would hate to take anyone in the 1st round and have it take them 6 years to be ready for NHL action.

I don't care what position they play.

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Then trade down.

No reason to use a first round pick on a goalie.

The Blackburn pick came when nobody could possible imagine that Hank would become what he is. The Montoya pick came because there was obviously internal concern about Montoya.
Seems like an odd reason.

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