The Rangers added Edmonton center Michael St. Croix in the fourth round of the Entry Draft this afternoon.
St. Croix, 5’11 and 176lbs, posted 27 goals and 48 assists in 68 games during the WHL season in 2010-11. Undersized but highly skilled, NHL Central Scouting had St. Croix listed 59th among North American skaters, considerably higher than third-round selection Steven Fogarty.
St. Croix makes it three for three in terms of centerman at the draft, following Fogarty and first-round selection JT Miller to the Rangers organisation.
The Scouting Report had this to say about St. Croix;
Michael St. Croix had a solid, though not spectacular season in the WHL this year. The skilled center built on his rookie campaign by becoming a leader with the young Oil Kings, scoring 75 points and improving his plus/minus rating by an impressive 49 points in his second year. St. Croix is a competitive player who likes to set up his teammates, but can also finish when he gets the chance. Next season will go a long way in determining what kind of player St. Croix will be. If he can produce at the level he’s capable of, he could quickly establish himself as one of the potential steals in the 2011 draft.
Undoubtedly St. Croix has much development still to do, but with a strong WHL season behind him and the ability to both set-up and score, he seems to be a no-brainer pick at #106.