So now we are entering the roulette wheel part of the draft starting with round three. The Rangers have picks at 70 and 88 so as the talent level really starts dropping off, you are looking at the “what ifs” of the draft. You should be able to find a serviceable NHLer at least at 70 but one who will need work.
Rather than make the picks we are going to offer possible options for the Rangers to pick with each spot. So let’s start at 70.
Milos Roman center Vancouver Giants: I like to think Roman is a second-round talent but if he has not been picked then grab him. A smallish six-footer, Roman is a very good skater but if he falls it is because people think he doesn’t like contact. You don’t play first line center in the WHL if you are afraid of traffic. Missed a lot of time due to injury but is worth grabbing here.
Excellent forechecker who has a great first step, Roman needs to bulk up to make it in the NHL. Pinpoint passer who makes great reads and Ty Ronning does score 63 without him. Yes, he needs work on his defense but gets power play time for sure.
Riley Sutter center/right wing Everett Silvertips: Yes he is one of THE Sutters, his father is Ron Sutter and yes he plays like one. 6’3 205 built more to be a power forward than a center. Plays a rugged game and not afraid to get his uniform dirty to make a play. His stock rose because of a solid playoff run in which he was almost a point a game (9-10-19 in 21).
He falls here because people think his offense is limited but they did not see him in the WHL playoffs. There is also the advantage of his being able to play two more years in the WHL. His upside in a David Quinn system is that he is impossible to move so he becomes your crease attacker.
Tyler Weiss Center/Left Wing USNTDP: OK this one is interesting because this is a prospect who David Quinn recruited to play at Boston University. Very young and overlooked because of the bigger names in the draft. Go look at his records and who he has played for, nothing but USA Hockey teams.
Has a great skill set and compete level and looks to be a strong playmaker. Needs to get stronger in his body but going to school will address that. Needs to work on the physical part of his game. Skating skills are good has a good first step but room for improvement.
The 88th Pick
Adam Samuelsson LHD Team USA-U18: Yes as in son of Ulf is the biggest of the Samuelsson’s at 6’5 240 but without the mean streak. Draft status might get hurt because his older brothers have not developed into NHL players. Adam might because he is the best defender of the bunch. Has learned to play a very physical game without having to take penalties.
Heading to Boston College where he is expected to play serious minutes on the penalty kill and late game situations. Does suffer from “big man skating” so that will require work as he develops. Was a member of the Team USA Under-18 team that played in the World Tournament.
Ryan Chyzowski Left Wing Medicine Hat: Many will think this is a reach but it is hard not to like Chyzowski. The true hitter in the draft, this is a player who will hit everything that moves. Loves to crash the crease to go after the puck. An excellent penalty killer and defender.
His offensive game is improving as his skating does. Not the biggest dog on the ice at 6’1 195 but few will beat him to a loose puck. Scored 21 goals last season and should explode for more after a good off-season of work.
Matthew Theissen Goalie Steinbach (MJHL): Have to toss a goalie into the mix as I think the Rangers will take at least one possibly two as this to me is a good draft for goalies. Theissen was an impressive 28-3-1 2.06 GAA 0.923 SV leading his team to their first ANAVET Cup championship. His stock was the highest riser among North American goalies.
Is heading to play for the Maine Black Bears in Hockey East and will compete for the starting job as a freshman. 6’2 192 catches lefthanded.