New York Rangers Daily Dose: NHL Awards and 2015 Draft


Welcome back to another daily dose of hockey news. Here’s what you’ll want to know today as a New York Rangers fan:

New York Rangers at the NHL Awards –

Clear whatever plans you have Wednesday night. The NHL Awards will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on June 24th at 7pm ET.

Henrik Lundqvist is up for the Foundation Player Award for his involvement in 28 nonprofit charities through the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation and the Garden of Dreams Foundation. Remember his show, The Mask? Each mask was auctioned off – the most popular was the mask designed by the FDNY titled, “A Tribute to New York” which sold for $35,432 – and all proceeds benefited both foundations.

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Aside from Calgary FlamesMark GiordanoSan Jose SharksBrent Burns is also in the running for the Foundation Player Award. Among various organizations he supports is “Burnzie’s Buzzcut” in which Burns and the Sharks shave their heads, raising money and awareness for certain charities – one being the Katie Moore Foundation in support of Dominic Moore.

Glen Sather is nominated for General Manager of the Year, an award given out since the 2009-10 season. Slats put together a team that won the Presidents’ Trophy for the third time in franchise history this year. Under Slats, the Rangers have also made it to the Conference Final for the third time in the past four years. The other two contenders are Tampa Bay Lightning‘s Steve Yzerman and Anaheim Ducks‘ Bob Murray.

Head coach, Alain Vigneault, is in the running for the Jack Adams Award, along with Flames’ Bob Hartley and Nashville Predators‘ Peter Laviolette. The New York Rangers coach has led the team to a franchise best 53-22-7 record and has guided them to a record-breaking 28 road wins. If he wins this year, it won’t be the first time; Vigneault won the trophy back in the 2006-07 season with the Vancouver Canucks.

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2015 NHL Entry Draft –

After the Awards, it’s time to get back down to business.

The Draft will take place in the Florida Panthers’ arena on the 26-27th of June. Round One will begin Friday, June 26 at 7pm ET. Then we’ll have to wait until the next day, 10am ET, to see what happens in the following rounds, Rounds Two through Seven.

The New York Rangers do not have a first round pick for the third year in a row. However, the Rangers currently have the 59th, 89th, 119th, 179th and 209th overall picks in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 7th Rounds respectively.

Who will New York pick? Click the next post button to learn about one target: Alexandre Carrier.

Next: Rangers Draft Target: Alexandre Carrier

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