It took a trade to accomplish it, but the Rangers added their first European in the 6th round (eishockey-magazin.de).

New York Rangers Acquire Predators' 6th Round Pick, Take Defenseman Peter Ceresnak

Well, so much for the Rangers being done. Just when you thought the usual late round European selection was not going to happen, the Rangers sent their 2012 6th round pick to the Predators in return for their 6th round pick this year. With the pick, the Rangers drafted Slovakian defenseman Peter Ceresnak.

Ceresnak is another big defenseman, listed at 6’3 and 209 pounds. Here’s a scouting report via The Copper & Blue:

Big guy, good stick and uses his size effectively. Doesn’t have a lot of foot speed, but is fairly agile and as long as he’s not in the open ice, can do a pretty good job against opposing forwards. Physical defender who uses his size effectively along the wall and in front of his net. Plays a highly conservative style, but has shown an ability to make the quick breakouts and outlets. Not a lot of upside here, but could surprise as a long-term project guy later on. He started out the season with more promise as a top-three rounder, but has fallen off.

I know very little about him, but based on that report it seems he’s comparable stylistically to Douglas Murray. If he could even become a poor man’s version of that then the Rangers did well with a 6th round pick.

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