Why the New York Rangers Need to Be Pushing for Jack Drury

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 21: Jack Drury #18 of the Carolina Hurricanes controls the puck during the first period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on March 21, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 21: Jack Drury #18 of the Carolina Hurricanes controls the puck during the first period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on March 21, 2023 in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 21: Jack Drury #18 of the Carolina Hurricanes controls the puck during the first period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on March 21, 2023, in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MARCH 21: Jack Drury #18 of the Carolina Hurricanes controls the puck during the first period against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on March 21, 2023, in New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) /

One of the more recent stories to break out of the Athletic is that young Carolina Hurricanes centerman Jack Drury is disgruntled in Raleigh and gave a trade request last summer. It’s apparent that the young man is still pushing for a move away from Carolina and with this player still on his entry-level contract, he’s the perfect target for the New York Rangers who are in a tight cap situation this summer.

If you’re looking at the name Jack Drury and are wondering “Is he the son of Chris Drury?”, I have a pretty simple answer. No. He’s Chris’ nephew, he’s the son of Ted Drury. It’s not quite the same family link it would have been, but it still means that Chris Drury can be invested in a deal to pick up his nephew and it makes sense for him to do so in the current climate of the league.

Jack Drury played college hockey at Harvard. His roommate? Adam Fox. This is a player that has not played for the New York Rangers, but he has some links to this Rangers roster. It’s someone that would have friends and family available to help him adjust to life in the big city and the New York Rangers.

Drury is 5’11, 180 lbs which are not the largest of players, but the size aspect is not what they would be going after. Carolina’s 2nd round pick in 2018 is still only 23 years old. He’s got the talent to be a contributor. He was a really strong part of Carolina’s roster that got to the third round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year and proved he can provide in the postseason. That’s something the Rangers need.

As for a potential deal, the idea that I have seen floated around the most is Zachary Jones for Jack Drury. While that’s interesting, I know there are people that don’t like it for the Rangers because of Jones’ age. I don’t get paid enough to think about this, so I leave this in your hands. Should the Rangers be going after the disgruntled and unhappy Carolina Hurricane? Should they be staying away from Chris Drury’s nephew?