In the first round, the New York Rangers selected Brady Skjei 28th overall. Skjei is a two way defensemen (like almost everyone else in this draft) that will fit in nicely with the Rangers, just not yet.
The young d-man has skill on his skates and puck handling skills that need development. With Skjei expected to join the University of Minnesota, he’ll have time to develop that missing “hockey IQ”.
My initial reaction yesterday was that the last thing the New York Rangers needs is another defensemen, however I’ve retracted that statement and have gone with this one instead: if the Rangers manage to hold on to his rights, in 4 years, he could be useful. Right now, the team is stacked defensively. There’s no doubt about it, but 4 years changes a lot of things. In four years, they’ll still have Brad Richards, but not many more of the current players. Skjei’s fellow defensive members aren’t signed for nearly that long. In 4 years, he could be the next face of the New York Rangers.
In his time with U.S. National Development Team, Brady Skeji played in 60 games over two seasons, logged 6 goals and 14 assists, and finished at a -11. During the WJCU18, Skeji was part of Team USA and racked up an assist in 6 games and finished at a +10. And his time with the U.S. National U18 Team, he played in 60 games and managed 4 goals and 19 assists. All numbers that have potential to be better and all numbers that can be improved with his time at University of Minnesota.
I’m truly looking forward to what Brady Skeji can do for the New York Rangers a few years down the line. It’ll be hard waiting it out, but proper development of his skill will turn him into a stand out defensemen that will fit seamlessly with the New York Rangers system. The Draft is all about the future and the Rangers did exactly that, picked for the future.
Lets Go Rangers!