Pavel Buchnevich – 75 Overall (Third Round)
Pavel Buchnevich has flashes of a really solid offensive player, someone who can bring speed and skill to the game, something the Rangers are not short of in that department (Nash, Kreider, Hagelin), but could use more of. Many draft experts say while he could of easily been a first or second round draft pick, there’s a lot of question to his character and his effort. How will this affect him in New York?
He’s a solid playmaker where he can break the defense and can make a very good play because of the defensive break. He was rated as Hockey Future’s second best Russian prospect for this years draft, though another risk that lowered his draft status was that he never made any indication on weather he’d jump to the NHL once his contract expires with the MHL in the 2013-2014 season.
Due to this, we may never see him lace up in the NHL for a few more years, or at all. He still needs to get a little more on the physical side, but he will be an impact player once he gets over in America for the NHL, if that happens.