In Day Two of the 2015 NHL Draft, New York Rangers‘ general manager, Glen Sather, dropped a couple of bombshells, one right after the other. Yet, the players acquired in the wake look promising.
After Sather traded Carl Hagelin to the Anaheim Ducks, his next move was trading the 209th pick and goalie, Cam Talbot, to the Edmonton Oilers for three picks: the 57th (Round Two), 79th (Round Three) and 184th (Round Seven) overall.
Then, Sather traded the 57th pick for the Washington Capitals‘ 62nd (Round Three) and 113th (Round Four).
You might say the 209th pick being traded away cancels out the fourth pick Sather got, but that would have never happened without Talbot apart of the deal. So, after all was said and done, the Rangers really got four draft picks for Cam Talbot: the 62nd, 79th, 113th and 184th.
Good stuff, Sather.
Here’s everyone New York acquired out of the Talbs trade:
1) Robin Kovacs, 62nd overall
With the first pick in the third round, the Rangers drafted right winger, Robin Kovacs.
The Swedish forward, standing at 6’0″ and 159 pounds, is quite eye-catching in the Allsvenskan league. After 52 games played during the 2014-15 season, Kovacs scored the most goals (17) and the most points (28) in the league as a Junior.
Curtis Joe of Elite Prospects described Kovacs as, “A speedy winger that likes to agitate opponents and then strike quickly. Possesses great stickhandling ability and creativity, and is potent on the power play and penalty kill…”
A speedy winger from Sweden, eh? Sounds familiar. Hopefully, he’ll grow in the Rangers organization to live up to the likes of Hagelin, you know, besides the looks.
2) Sergey Zborovskiy, 79th overall
With the 18th pick of the third round, New York went with Zborovskiy from Russia. The 6’3″ and 198 pound defenseman played for the Regina Pats in the WHL this past season. In 71 games, Zborovskiy tallied three goals and 19 points along with a brilliant +15 plus/minus rating.
According to Rangers Twitter, New York was one of Zborovskiy’s favorite teams and his favorite player is Ryan McDonagh. And when he was drafted, he tweeted, “Dreams do come true!” Good for him.
And good for the team. Zborovskiy should prove to be a physical player on the ice for someone his size – something the Rangers could always use.
3) Brad Morrison, 113th overall
With the 22nd pick of Round Four, Sather chose Brad Morisson. The 5’11” 154 pound center is a tad on the smaller side, but has made a huge impact with the Prince George Cougars in the WHL. Morrison bagged 23 goals and 49 points over 67 games. Pretty good stats if you ask me.
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Here’s what Elite Prospects had to say about him: “Possesses the speed and cunning to create separation, and has the individual skills and puckhandling ability to make the best use of any time and space earned.”
Again, we see another pick who is light on his skates. Looks like he would also fit right in with the Rangers’ quick style of play.
4) Adam Huska, 184th overall
With the 3rd pick of the last round, New York obtained Adam Huska from Slovakia. The 6’3″ 189 pound goalie played in the USHL for the Green Bay Gamblers. In six games, Huska logged a 4.34 goals against average and .866 save percentage. He also played 25 games with the Slovakia men’s national under-18 ice hockey team, posting a 3.66 GAA and .900 SV%.
He may not have the most impressive stats, but he is a big guy who has plenty of time to develop his skills under the Rangers organization.
Now that the waiting is over and we know exactly who New York got for Talbot, I’d say they got a pretty good deal.
Glen Sather made the right calls, getting four players in all for Talbot. The two forwards, one defenseman and one goalie could cover any holes the Rangers might have in the future. And with that many prospects now under the Blueshirts umbrella, at least one of them is bound to make the Talbot trade all worthwhile.
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