Two potential 1st line players with a good chance of being solid top 6 forwards.
One potential top O-defender with a great chance a 4 defender, Already a PP QB.... All before the age of 20. Scary.
All three have a small chance of becoming superstars.
1st round. 20th pick. - NYR select Michael Del Zotto
-His potential is through the roof. Most promising player we drafted since Staal/Henrik. Has the potential to be one of the leagues premier PP men and an outstanding Offensive D-man. A HOT commodity in today's NHL.
2nd round. 51st pick. - NYR select Derek Stepan
-Tore it up his rookie year in college. He can play in ALL situations and has 1st line potential written all over him. If his development continues we could have quite a tangent of Stepan/AA/Dubi up the middle for MANY years
3rd round. 75th pick. - NYR select Evgeny Grachev
-I think we all know about Grachev who at one point was seen as our next superstar. He has the size, the hands and the offensive awareness to be a major threat in the NHL. Another player with the potential to be a top line guy. Is going to be quite the game-breaker imo. Only time will tell....
3rd round. 90th pick. - Tomas Kundratek
I don't know much about this man other than he has good potential in NHL 10 . His numbers are pretty decent but I do not see a future for him in the Rangers organization unless he develops passed expectations. It looks he will turn into a solid trading chip that would at least garner the 3rd rounder we spent on him.
The 2006 draft deserves some credit as well. It hurts to look back at our drafting prior and just wishing you could go back in time and pick someone else.
1st round. 21st pick - NYR select Bobby Sanguinetti
-We saw him a few times this season. He seems to be pretty solid playing in his first stint in the NHL. He shows promise and although not as offensively gifted as DZ, he does seem to show much more confidence in his own zone and his play reflects that. I would say his potential is a top 4 with his ceiling reaching that of a top 2 guy.
2nd round. 51st pick. - NYR select Artem Amsinov
-I don't think an explanation is needed for this Russian player. Was top 10 in points in the AHL as a 20 year old and already making a huge impact on this years club. At times he shows he can be a number one center and as he continues to develop I expect him to be one.
hypothetical 3 years from now if all our prospects pan out Top 6
Dubi-Stepan-??(Cherpanov ) D:Top 4
(This really gives us hope for the future. Pray to the hockey gods for helping us out in the 2008 draft and pray the players develop into the players they can be. God, this team would be dirty in a few years if Cherp was around.)
P.S - *Warning*:The 2004/2003 1st round picks will make you cry when you see what could have been.
P.P.S - Someone has a real sense of humor...in the 8th round, the Rangers select superstar... (The yellow box means superstar) [Other players listed as superstars, Bouwmeester, Nash]
Last edited by Garfinkel1: 12-21-2009 at 10:58 PM.
Not sure if it will define the team because there will always be drafts and good players available within them ( Its not like we are relying on a overall #1 pick to take us forward ). But yes, it would be nice to get all of those guys playing at the level we hope they can play at.
Got to give the club some credit for stockpiling a lot of talent.