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08-01-2012, 06:20 PM
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Sjkei went as late as he did because the draft was teeming with great defensive prospects. Last year, I bet he goes more in the 18-20 range.

He's 6'3 and an excellent skater. At worst, he'll probably be a 5 or 6 D. He has the potential to be more. Very good physical skillset.
Skjei is very underrated. It's mainly because there isn't that one element that stands out and makes you go wow. He's not a physical speciman, he's not a shut down defenseman, he's not an offensive dynamo, he's a subtle all-around player.

He also doesn't have that sought after upside that people like to drool over. He safely projects to a third pairing guy, maybe a second pair guy.

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You also have to look at what teams do with the players they draft. I mean why is it that the Islanders, Bluejackets etc. get high end draft picks every year and fail to improve. In part it's development--in part it's the quick fix moves trading them off, in part it's the veteran leadership they surround them with, in part it's rushing players who are not ready--yada, yada, yada.

The Rangers develop their picks fairly well. They're bringing in a kid or two just about every year. They fit them into slots where they can succeed.

I don't worry about Skjei--a defenseman with size and wheels who bases his game on his position might not turn into a real exciting player but it's a safe pick. A similar pick for us out of the second round of 2005 is Mike Sauer. Skjei's not as physical as Sauer but he's a better and faster skater. Both of them are stay at homes--make the smart play types.

The Rangers have in fact drafted better than others since 2004. Their batting average is double what the league average is. But it still means that for their position, Skjei has a 70% shot of making the NHL and only about a 1/3 chance to be an average NHLer or better. Meanwhile Nieves has a 30% shot to make it and about 12% to be a tweener or better. Thats assuming the Rangers keep batting double the league average.

The league average for a late pick is something like this at the end of each round:

1. 35%
2. 15%
4. 5%
5. 3%

So there is a slightly better than 50-50 chance we get a single player from this draft if we have the same batting average as the rest of the league. (And only about a 1/4 chance to get even one player next year without a pick in the top-55.)

If we do twice as well as others, we should pull a single solid, though unspectacular player from a draft like this year's. That should be our expectation.

If our staff can pull two players, a #4 defenseman and a Sjostrom-type forward, they should get major props from us.


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Skjei is very underrated. It's mainly because there isn't that one element that stands out and makes you go wow. He's not a physical speciman, he's not a shut down defenseman, he's not an offensive dynamo, he's a subtle all-around player.

He also doesn't have that sought after upside that people like to drool over. He safely projects to a third pairing guy, maybe a second pair guy.
Honestly, I think its too early to tell what exactly he ends up being. He was drafted for two specific reasons: Skating/Size. If he develops to his highest potential-he could very well end up a top 4 or even a even a top 2.

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Honestly, I think its too early to tell what exactly he ends up being. He was drafted for two specific reasons: Skating/Size. If he develops to his highest potential-he could very well end up a top 4 or even a even a top 2.
Possibly, just don't see that type of high-end skill level.

His skating will always leave some people expecting more, but I think he'll fit comfortable into an NHL defense. Just not as one of the centerpieces.

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Possibly, just don't see that type of high-end skill level.

His skating will always leave some people expecting more, but I think he'll fit comfortable into an NHL defense. Just not as one of the centerpieces.
which very likely makes him a perfect fit on our blueline

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which very likely makes him a perfect fit on our blueline
Indeed. It also speaks to the idea that not every kid we draft needs to "wow" us. If they bring their unique element and can mesh with the system, it works out just fine.

I don't view third pairing defenses, or bottom six forwards as throw away players. They serve a valuable role for their teams, and successful teams have players who are ideally suited to those roles (as oppossed to less successful teams which seem to have cast-offs and plug-in players in those roles).

In a lot of ways, it is very similar to a baseball team with a good bullpen, or a basketball team with a solid bench. They shouldn't just be failed starters, or guys who eat up a roster space, but rather they serve a very specific role and bring value to the team.

Unfortunately, as a group that tends to really live and breathe prospects, we tend to want everyone to be a star. That's just not going to happen, and that's okay.

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I have to quibble with a number of points here:

To begin with, to the OP:

1) JT Miller is a center. He's done his best work there and every time he plays in a Rangers coached environment, that's where they put him.

2) You have to list Gabby as "established" at RW. He's only 3 years older fhan Cally and their contracts expire at the same time.

To Edge: you have GOT to put Fast on the list of guys with top 6 scoring upside. In my view, he's got a better shot to be that player than any ofthe guys you listed.

To SSM: Nieves is a center - at least until we see the Rangers place him elsewhere. You can't say the same about Miller in one breath and turn around and predict Nieves to the wing in the next - especially since he played center in HS, he played center in development camp and his chief criticism has been that he's a great assist man, but has not finished as much as you'd like.

Last, but most certainly not least, I'm incredibly encouraged by our prospects' progress. I would hardly say the pool is withering. In fact I see it as larger today than it was the same time last year. (In fact, wasn't there a poster who was warning we had a pool of under 10 legitimate prospects this time last year?)

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To Edge: you have GOT to put Fast on the list of guys with top 6 scoring upside. In my view, he's got a better shot to be that player than any ofthe guys you listed.
Fast is in the same boat as Hagelin for me. I like him, love the speed, not sure if I see him as a top six scoring winger. That is mainly do to the fact that his hands and offensive instinct, at least based on what he's shown, are good but necessarily very good or great.

His speed and smarts could make him a very useful player, but I also think the difference between scorers and support players, especially ones with a lot of speed, comes down to how fast they see the game in their head. In that respect, Fast seems to be a notch below guys you'd typically want in a primary scoring role.

I also wonder if Fast will form the same types of opinion camps from HF members. One camp who loves the speed and correlates it with a higher upside, and one side that views him as a nice complimentary player, but not necessarily a cornerstone.

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I think a lot of the Rangers success in nearly the last decade has to do with a drastic improvement of development, an identity, and more money spent on scouting and trainers. They also look for certain things.

Before it was pretty much draft the best player on paper and hope his raw talent and work ethic get him to the NHL. But now with things like Traverse City, a specific training program for each prospect, rookie camp, etc. some of these guys who wouldn't make it before have been able to make it.

There's a reason the Devils and Red Wings were very successful for years. It wasn't because of putting on those jerseys and magic, it was a system, good coaching, etc.

There can only be 12 forwards, 6 DMen, and 2 goalies a time at the NHL level (wasting them as healthy scratches is a pointless and should go to a vet or a UFA specialist) so the depth is fine.

Miller can play any position which is valuable, if Nieves never becomes a big goal scorer that's fine if he can use his speed, strength, and put up like 35-50 assists. Fast is a goal scorer he just has to get stronger and prove he can stay healthy in the SEL and then at this level.

As long as a guy makes it, it's a win. If a Lindberg becomes a 4th line center/PKer/face off dude, that's 1/12th of the equation. The purpose is to fill 21 roster spots with the most productive and cheapest manner possible to leave cap room for later.

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I'm pretty comfortable with our forward depth, hopefully one more top level offensive talent emerges from St. Croix, Fogarty, Thomas. The other guys tend to be more support types.

Defensive depth is still solid, even with the departure of Erixon.

Goaltending is the one area we could really use a legit prospect - which we don't really have at the moment. Lundqvist, at least in my opinion, may fall into the forever young category that some athletes find themselves with fans. In other words, we forever remember them as 23 or 24 and tend to resist the idea of them getting older as they enter their 30s.

If the Rangers take a player in 2012, with a second or third round pick, they will be 13 years younger than Lundqvist. So assuming they pan out, which isn't a guarantee with goalies, and are ready to apprentice at the NHL level by the age of 22, that still makes Lundqvist 35 years old. Even if we assume it takes them one or two years before they can challenge for a number one goalie spot, that now puts Lundqvist at 36 or 37. Long story short, at some point soon, we are going to have to start at least thinking about the future.
You will be surprised when A healthy Jesper Fast comes over and becomes a consistent 25 goal scorer...
win win...


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You will be surprised when A healthy Jesper Fast comes over and becomes a consistent 25 goal scorer...
win win...
Very excited for both Fast and Lindberg.

I think Lindberg is physically ready to handle at least the AHL and because of his age (being nearly 22 by the time the season starts next year) he should take over Halpern's role immediately in 2013-14.

Big year for Fast. He needs to stay healthy and keep the forward progression going. A lot is expected of him on HV-71.

To BBKers and our other European posters; is it possible that either of these guys go to the AHL after their season is complete being that they're already on the books for a year of their ELC deals? It would be cool if they could help the Whale or who knows, even the Rangers kinda like what Silverberg did for Ottawa.

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Just wanted to give my opinion on a few different topics in here:

Skjei, from the little I have seen of him, reminds me of a poor-mans JBo. Great skater, positionally solid, big body, not the most physical, has some offensive upside and a good first pass but doesn't wow you. I think top-4 d-man is his upside.

Fast, IMO, has real top-6 upside. From his WJC performance he proved to me that he is more than just a fast skater, he was great positionally and tenacious when he saw an opportunity. The most impressive thing with Fast for me is how elusive he is in tight spaces. I think he has the best shot at being a top-6 forward out of all the Rangers current prospects.

With Erixon's departure and the development of players like Thomas, Yogan, Fast, Miller, McColgan and St. Croix (plus the signing of Hrivik), I actually think drafting a few more d-men should be a priority in the next couple of years.

Also, I believe it was Leslie who said the Rangers were VERY high on Vasilevsky in this past draft so that makes me believe they are on the look out for a goalie.

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People don't want to hear it but the devils never aggressively filled the goalie void. Marty is still going and we can point and laugh if he finally bombs but nj proved you can use those picks elsewhere. I'd hold off a few more years and gamble that henrik holds down the fort a while longer. Its imperative to replace gaborik according to some, and henrik according to others. That's a full spectrum. Just keep drafting the same, trust the scouts.
Good point. They drafted that finn (was it Ari Ahonen? I've started to mix them up) like in the late 90's in the first round. Undoubtedly intended as a future backup/heir to Brodeur. That's over ten years ago...

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Very excited for both Fast and Lindberg.

I think Lindberg is physically ready to handle at least the AHL and because of his age (being nearly 22 by the time the season starts next year) he should take over Halpern's role immediately in 2013-14.

Big year for Fast. He needs to stay healthy and keep the forward progression going. A lot is expected of him on HV-71.

To BBKers and our other European posters; is it possible that either of these guys go to the AHL after their season is complete being that they're already on the books for a year of their ELC deals? It would be cool if they could help the Whale or who knows, even the Rangers kinda like what Silverberg did for Ottawa.
Fasth needs to be realeased by the National Team before he is allowed to go to the AHL. He can definitely challenge for a spot in the WCH's this spring.

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Drafting a future #1 isn't going to help us if Hank gets injured. At least not for 4-5 years.

I think the Rangers will target a blue-chip netminder at some point in the next 18 months. Whether that's at the draft table next June or via trade remains to be seen. Goalie prospects don't hold a ton of value, so the Rangers may very well wait a few years and try and poach a young up-and-comer as Hank starts to get older. Similar to what Tampa Bay did this season with Lindback.
Yeah, and if you ask me we have done a pretty poor job drafting goalies and developing them. There are plenty of raw goalies out there who Allaire could work with, and IMO, the guys we have seen in HFD lately and in pre-season are down right C-tier talents. I am suprised that we waste time on what quite frankly is nothing but crap-talents.

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People don't want to hear it but the devils never aggressively filled the goalie void. Marty is still going and we can point and laugh if he finally bombs but nj proved you can use those picks elsewhere. I'd hold off a few more years and gamble that henrik holds down the fort a while longer. Its imperative to replace gaborik according to some, and henrik according to others. That's a full spectrum. Just keep drafting the same, trust the scouts.
devils never aggressively filled that goalie void and still don't have a goalie of the futre, but time will still tell if that was a good decision or not...

nj could pull off a trade for luongo or someone else or next summer sign mike smith and instantly have a new #1 goalie and not miss a beat when broduer retires...they also could end up with a backup as their #1 and become a lottery team cause they didn't prepare for it

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CENTERS

Established: Derek Stepan, Brad Richards, Brian Boyle.
Need: A single 3rd liner.
Prospects: St. Croix, Lindberg, Nieves, Fogarty.
Outlook: We should be in good shape. At least one of our prospects should give us that top-9 center we need.
I think the org plans to use JT Miller at center. He was used there in the rookie camp for example. Its easier to break in and wing, and he could move around some. But I think the hope is at least that he will develop into a center.

I agree with you on the need. We could upgrade Boyle, or I don't know if "upgrade" if the right word. But nowadays you of course preferbly want a 2b line, and Boyle isn't that.

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LEFT WINGS

Established: Rick Nash
Rookies: Carl Hagelin, Chris Kreider
Needs: A 4th liner.
Prospects: Andrew Yogan, Marek Hrivik.
Outlook: No problem here if our rookies continue to improve instead of going bust. If Hagelin and Kreider perform, we are in great shape.
I think the org likes Michael Rupp. Like it or not (I think its a necesity with how the east looks right now), we will carry a goon. That goon will be Rupp or someone else.

Hence, Nash, Hagelin, Kreider + goon and we are set for some time. No "need".

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DEFENSE

Established: McDonagh, Staal, Del Zotto, Girardi.
Risk: Sauer due to injury
Need: At least one, maybe 2 blueliners.
Prospects: McIlrath, Skjei plus lesser prospects Noreau, Andersson and Ceresnak.
Outlook: McIlrath will make it, just depends on whether he'll be a #6 or a #2 defenseman. I think one of Skjei, Noreau, Anderson or Ceresnak makes it as well, though there is no guarantee of this. (A guy drafted in Skjei's position statistically has only about a 1/3 chance of playing in the NHL. Let's see his improvement before we proclaim him to be a sure-fire NHLer. There must be a reason 27 teams passed on him.)

Our blueline depth isn't nearly what we thought it would be. There's a reason they say that you can never have too many defensemen. Many of the blueliners that we pumped up here turned into nothing: Sanguinetti, Gilroy, Valentenko, Kundratek, Heineken, Pashnin, Parlett, Niemi, Nigel Williams. Other prospects like Maggio, Klassen, Baldwin also went into the black hole of memory. Corey Potter left. Tim Erixon was traded. Mike Sauer is an injury question mark.

Considering how many blueline prospects are needed to produce just one top-4 defenseman, we should keep drafting them at an increased pace, maybe 3-4 kids per draft.
You forgot about Strålman. I personally think Sauer will be back, but I guess it remains to be seen at what capacity and for how long. If he will be gun shy or whatever. Players are cautious now. Its not like with Big E or Pat LaFontaine that these guys that are out for a year are basically ready for the wheelchair. Its probably a good thing, but the previous generation would have played through it (fact). My point is just, don't look at missed time and draw parallels to Big E, Beuke, LaFontaine and co. We still don't know how these guys will handle it. Patrice Bergeron missed a year too, didn't he. There are guys out there who are starting to comeback and looking fine.

I don't think we are at a position where something "needs" to be done. But in the long run we can't have 3 great LD's. Its not sane asset management. Its like having a Callahan on a 4th line. While we really could use a offensiveminded right handed D.

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The Rangers develop their picks fairly well. They're bringing in a kid or two just about every year. They fit them into slots where they can succeed.
We develop them fairly well, but also, good teams develop good players. There is a big diffrence between putting Kreider on the team we have now or putting him on the Islanders roster. It really is. You get so much for free with a strong environment.

It was really a wake-up call watching Jamie Lundmark come to NY, while teams like NJ, Colorado, Detroit and co pissed out top 6 forwards and top 4 D's on a yearly basis. Lundmark complained about not being a top 2 line forward. He never worked that hard, he never really was interested in the defensive side of the game and so forth. He went out in the papers and cried about not playing in the position he wanted. He didn't compete with anyone in the same position as he did. He fought with like Holik and Lindros and the likes for ice time. Of course a young player needs to be given a shot to compete with a Holik or Lindros, making 7-8 mil per. But if a JT Miller wants to play in Derek Stepan's position, he don't have to be Einstein to figure out that he has to work out harder than Derek Stepan, and do better than Derek Stepan in every single aspect of the game. And maybe in fields that Derek Stepan isn't great in. Bring other dimensions. He won't get pissed or loose confidence and start to sour if Torts don't play him in Stepan's position, as long as he doesn't play better than him. Life is simple. It should be for a kid.

When Kreider and JT Miller plays, they will get to develop at their own pace and they will not be asked to "invent" this team. On like the Islanders, or a bunch of teams like that, they are expected to become "the team". Not a part of team.

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That depends on the quality of your overall system. When you already have Nash, Stepan, Callahan, Kreider, Hagelin, Richards, etc. on your squad, you don't need to be overly safe. What the team needs is a couple top-6 players to be added in the next few years. If you draft enough guys like St. Croix, Thomas and Fast, eventually you will strike gold.
AMEN Beacon!

More or less, this is the structure of the team:
Nash-Richards-Callahan
Hagelin-Stepan-Gaborik
Kreider-Boyle-XXX
Rupp (/goon)-XXX(/Boyle)-XXX
McD-Girardi
Staal-XXX (needs to be able to bring offense)
MDZ-Sauer


We will loose some of these guys due to not being able to pay them. Slats will say "we aren't married to him" again over the coming years. But more or less, we are set at several positions. Upgrades could be made. We could trade one type of player for another type. Loosing AA and Dubi weakned our depth a bit.

But, the vast majority of those players will play in NY for a long time!

-We could be set at LW for 10 years (I am counting on a goon as the 4th LW, and goons can always be had)
-While I think a move will be made within 2-3 years, with two elite LD's -- no matter what -- we are pretty set at LD too
-At center, we have 4 out of 4 positions filled for the future with Richards, Stepan, JT Miller and Boyle, or 3 of 4 if Miller busts, for a very long time.
-At RW, we have Callahan who will be here forever. I think we can count on Gabby returning, unless he bombs in another PO's. If we do well -- we will keep him. There just isn't much room here either
-At RD we have names like Girardi, Strålman, Sauer and McIlrath, and the later could become a icon on Manhattan

There just isn't much room.

Detroit have had seven 1st rounders the last 16 years. And what have hurth them the most really is the total drought they've had since Helm and Filpulla was drafted 7 and 10 years ago. A few more decent depth players over those years, and they would still have been pretty darn scary...

Over the coming 5 years, 2-3 players are basically "enough" to give cap relief and fill a void or two.


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Nash-Richards-Callahan
Kreider-Stepan-Gaborik
Hagelin -Miller - Fast
Rupp (/goon)-Boyle/Lindberg -does it matter? (Yogan...)

McD-Girardi
Staal- Big Mac/Stralman
MDZ-Sauer

This team competes for years if intact


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It's so difficult to look long-term in the NHL, or in professional sports in general. At this time last year, who would have said that in 12 months our starting lineup would have Rick Nash? All the projections I saw had Dubinsky on our 1st line LW, Thomas or Fast making the jump this summer, or Erixon working his way onto our 2nd pairing because Del Zotto was trash.

Point being, it's highly unlikely that every hole we could potentially have a year or more in the future will be filled internally. If we can fill half of the openings internally, I think that's a big win for this team. This team will always be active in the free agent market, and sometimes a prospect's true value lies in how much they'd fetch in a trade, not in how quickly they'll be in your lineup or how much of an impact they'll make there. In reality, only 4 or 5 of the prospects in our system right now will likely ever be a regular for this team.

Continue to draft the best players on your board. Don't draft on need until the later rounds. I think we're set up very well for the long haul.

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devils never aggressively filled that goalie void and still don't have a goalie of the futre, but time will still tell if that was a good decision or not...

nj could pull off a trade for luongo or someone else or next summer sign mike smith and instantly have a new #1 goalie and not miss a beat when broduer retires...they also could end up with a backup as their #1 and become a lottery team cause they didn't prepare for it

Goalies tend to come cheap. The difference between the 8th-best goalie and the 20th-best goalie is not major over the course of a few years, usually just depends on who's having a better season. So when goalies hit the market, the value is always much less than fans expect.

I'm not that concerned about the goalie situation. There will always be a guy like Luongo who can be had for an affordable price.

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It's so difficult to look long-term in the NHL, or in professional sports in general. At this time last year, who would have said that in 12 months our starting lineup would have Rick Nash? All the projections I saw had Dubinsky on our 1st line LW, Thomas or Fast making the jump this summer, or Erixon working his way onto our 2nd pairing because Del Zotto was trash.

Point being, it's highly unlikely that every hole we could potentially have a year or more in the future will be filled internally.

This is of course true. However, while you can't slot any given player, I think it's safer to slot one player from a group of kids.

- If you give me Lindberg, Fogarty and Nieves, I can be fairly certain that one of them will become a quality bottom-6 center.

- If you give me Thomas, Fast, Hrivik and Spelling (slipper alert!), I think it's safe to project that we'll get one top-6 winger.

- Give me McColgan, Yogan and Bourque, and I think one will become a bottom-6 winger.

- I think there's also a good probability that either Miller or St. Croix becomes a second line center.


I think it's fairly safe to assume we'll wind up with 4 forwards from this group: top-6 center, top-6 winger, bottom-6 center and bottom-6 winger.

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you could always trade for goaltending. Luonogo is out there right now, so is Bernier.....not everyone can get a Lundqvist. Remember, if the Rangers didnt have Lundqvist, they could replace his salary with a 6.5 million dollar caliber forward or defenseman...

Hypothetically, the Rangers could have looked something like...

Kreider - Richards - Gaborik
Nash - Stepan - Callahan
Ryan (~5mil) - JTMiller/Boyle - Doan(~5mil)


and the rest as is, if they didnt have Lundqvist, and instead had a mediocre to above average guy in net with a much lower cap hit.

it would be a tight fit, but its doable.


im not saying thats my preferred way to go, i think Lundqvist is the great equalizer for us back there, but his salary, if hes gone, can be replaced with an elite forward or defenseman.

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You will be surprised when A healthy Jesper Fast comes over and becomes a consistent 25 goal scorer...
win win...
Nothing would please me more.

This year will be very telling for Fast.

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you could always trade for goaltending. Luonogo is out there right now, so is Bernier.....not everyone can get a Lundqvist. Remember, if the Rangers didnt have Lundqvist, they could replace his salary with a 6.5 million dollar caliber forward or defenseman...

Hypothetically, the Rangers could have looked something like...

Kreider - Richards - Gaborik
Nash - Stepan - Callahan
Ryan (~5mil) - JTMiller/Boyle - Doan(~5mil)


and the rest as is, if they didnt have Lundqvist, and instead had a mediocre to above average guy in net with a much lower cap hit.

it would be a tight fit, but its doable.


im not saying thats my preferred way to go, i think Lundqvist is the great equalizer for us back there, but his salary, if hes gone, can be replaced with an elite forward or defenseman.
The point is to start drafting young goalies at 18, so by the time Lundqvist is 36-39 we have a young and up coming goalie to replace him unless we find a 28 year old Markstrom, Campbell (who ends up being a elite goalie) or what ever Elite goalie is in FA then yes, but better off drafting a goalie soon. We don't want to be stuck like the Devils with no goalie depth in their system.

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The point is to start drafting young goalies at 18, so by the time Lundqvist is 36-39 we have a young and up coming goalie to replace him unless we find a 28 year old Markstrom, Campbell (who ends up being a elite goalie) or what ever Elite goalie is in FA then yes, but better off drafting a goalie soon. We don't want to be stuck like the Devils with no goalie depth in their system.
but why? goalies have the cheapest price tags in trades bar none. its far easier to trade for a goalie than it is to draft one. im not talking elite goalies mind you, just decent goalies.

if we want an elite goalie, we're gonna have to draft a few of them to have a chance.

id rather draft position players (unless a goalie is the BPA) and trade for a goalie when the need arises.

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