New York Rangers Select Five Skaters on Second Day of NHL Draft

In Blueshirt Bulletin Main Blog, News by Tom Urtz Jr

The New York Rangers had two choices in the first round of the draft, and they used them on Lias Andersson (No. 7 overall) and Filip Chytil (No. 21 overall), and on day two of the draft they selected five skaters. Here is a quick look at the selections made by the Rangers on the second day of the draft.

No. 123 Overall — Brandon Crawley, D: This was a way off the board pick, as Crawley was ranked No. 199 among NA skaters by NHL Central Scouting. In 187 career OHL games, the Glen Rock, NJ native has scored 16 goals while adding 45 helpers for 61 points. He is an older player, but hopefully, one who can help the Wolf Pack right away before getting a shot with the Rangers.

No. 145 Overall — Calle Sjalin, D: This pick was a nice one by the Rangers, as Sjalin is a smooth skating defenseman who is only 17 years old, and he was ranked No. 44 overall among EU skaters by NHL Central Scouting.

He will remain overseas for the time being, but the 6’1″, 176-pound rearguard appears to have some decent upside.

No. 157 Overall — Dominik Lakatos, F: The Rangers used a sixth-round choice on the 5’11”, 179-pounder from the Czech Republic. He finished his season with 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points in 41 games in the Czech Extraliga, and eight goals and five assists for 13 points in 16 playoff games.

No. 174 Overall — Morgan Barron, F: The Blueshirts’ last sixth round pick of the draft was used on Morgan Barron, a 6’2″, 201-pound forward who models his game after Chris Kreider.

He was ranked No. 98 among NA skaters by NHL Central Scouting, and is committed to Cornell University. This past season he played for St. Andrew’s and tallied 28 goals and 22 assists for 50 points in 46 games played. He is a pick going the NCAA route, so he is at least three or four years away from being consider for the AHL or NHL.

No. 207 Overall — Patrik Virta, F: The last pick of the draft was used on Patrik Virta, a 21-year-old who played for TPS of the Finish Liiga. In 49 games played he scored 14 goals and added 12 assists for 26 points, and scored five goals and added an assist in six playoff games. The Rangers pick of a 21-year-old means they might have been looking for someone who is close to NHL ready, or someone who can play in Hartford right away. He was not ranked because this was the third year he was eligible for the draft.

Overall it was an interesting day two of the draft. The Rangers seemed to lean toward picks outside of North America for the majority of the draft which is uncharacteristic of them. There is nothing wrong with casting a wider net to expand reach into Europe, and hopefully this strategy will expose the scouting staff to some talented players who can be selected in future drafts.