The Rangers made their second straight selection from the WHL, picking Shane McColgan at #134 with the first of their two fifth-rounders.
McColgan, a right-winger for the Kelowna Rockets, came second to first-overall selection Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in rookie scoring during the 2009-10 season and has since posted 66 points in 67 games during 2010-11. He went on to score 19 points in 10 playoff games.
McColgan posted to an online blog over at NHL.com this past season as he chronicled his year leading up to the Entry Draft. It’s interesting to get that insight into a young players mind and there are plenty of things to like about McColgan from his posts, not least his enthusiasm and level-headedness toward the game and general life.
Here’s The Scouting Report’s take on McColgan;
The diminutive McColgan has been very effective in two Western Hockey League seasons, scoring at nearly a point per game pace. McColgan sees the ice well, has great hands, and definitely isn’t afraid to go to the dirty areas. The big question on everyone’s mind is whether or not he will be able to play his style at the pro level. The 5-9 McColgan hasn’t let his size hold him back yet, as he has proven a willingness to battle with any player in the WHL while generally staying healthy. If he can get his game to the next level, he could be a big draft day steal.
After St. Croix in the fourth round, it’s slightly surprising to see the Rangers going with a sub-6ft player again. McColgan has the tools but, as The Scouting Report says, it remains to be seen whether he can be effective at the next level. Nonetheless, it’s a shot worth taking on a kid with a proven scoring record and what seems like a great attitude toward the game.