New York Rangers: Who we want selected in the first round of the Draft

Oct 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view outside of the United Center before the preseason game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; A general view outside of the United Center before the preseason game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings. Mandatory Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports /
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Tim Haggerty

Conor Timmins

The New York Rangers would be smart to select Conor Timmins in the first round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The Ontario native was a force in the OHL this past season. In 67 games with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, Timmins had seven goals and 54 assists. He was tied for the fifth best +/- rating in the OHL at +53.

NHL Central Scouting has raved about his ability to play offense in transition. He is a great passer with a hockey mind and has the ability to lead a power play.

The Rangers really could use another defenseman like this in their system. He seems like he has the potential to follow in the steps of Brady Skjei, who the Rangers took much later in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft

Skjei could serve as a great mentor to Timmins as he grows older. Timmins is just 18 years old so he isn’t quite NHL ready, but he has promising potential the Rangers should take seriously if they have the chance to take him.