The Rangers essentially gave up on this year’s draft when they decided to trade for Rick Nash and Ryane Clowe. That’s cool because they’re good players and Nash is here to stay. I liked Clowe in his time here in New York and it’s a shame that he’s suffered the injuries he did. I really don’t see the Rangers risking a move re-signing him to a new deal unless they’re 100% he’s healthy and has another solid 3 years in him. I’d call that unlikely.
Anyways back to the draft. The Rangers don’t have a pick until the third round and in that round they have three picks. Not terrible after all the trades they’ve done. The Rangers could obviously try and move into the first round, but that would cost something. Most likely a roster player would have to be moved for that to happen. Unless the Rangers are moving in for a top 5 pick (which they’re not) it’d be silly to move any players. The kid who they’re drafting has to be a surefire thing.
It really comes down to an organizational thing if the Rangers move up. I really don’t see them moving up into the first round at all. I think they’d move up into the second round only if there’s a player who they really like fell out and they think they can snag him. Those types of trades happen on draft day and not before.
I think it will be an exciting draft to watch with plenty of trades occurring as teams try to lose salary for the upcoming season. Maybe it’ll be boring for the Rangers, but this year’s draft will be very exciting for other teams (Blue Jackets spring to mind).
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