To complete the group of giants the Blueshirts have taken on day two of the draft, left winger Ty Henricks is the final pick for the Rangers. It’s only the second forward they have taken on the day and with just five picks, there is a lot of pressure now on this draft class to perform. As the Rangers look to try and add some pieces to brighten their future and possibly increase their value for deadline acquisitions, this is another sizeable human being.
At 6’5, 205 lbs, Henricks is the second biggest player the Rangers have drafted today. That size had some people higher on him than others, but this has the makings of a good pick for the Blueshirts. As the Mission Viejo native is going to be a member of the Blueshirts farm system, he’s going to cast some large shadows, but there will be openings on the roster for him to try and break into.
In 47 USHL games split across the Fargo Force and Muskegon Lumberjacks, Henricks tallied 9 goals and 10 assists for 19 points. That’s not a great offensive output, but for a sixth-round pick, there’s nothing to complain about. Some draft minds had him as high as the fourth round so to get him in the sixth isn’t a bad job by Chris Drury and the rest of the Rangers drafting group. Some people would have preferred someone else, but this could be successful.
Henricks is going to be playing for Western Michigan in the NCAA as he looks to continue his development in college. Whether or not he eventually signs for the Rangers will depend on how well he does in University. This is a player who may want to pursue his education if he struggles to develop and stagnates in the NCAA. We’ll see if the Rangers made the right choice here.