A quiet day which allows us a chance to start building our shopping list for the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. While folks are excited over the Rangers having three first round, this is not a very deep draft.
That does not mean the Rangers will be unable to find prospects to help rebuild the prospect pipeline. The key is going to be having a very smart game plan and using each selection wisely. Draft picks are pretty much guesswork with one hoping to get a couple of players from each draft.
So what we will do here is look at the three areas on the team to see which needs the most help. We are not ready to start the name game and make our arguments over who the Rangers should or should not draft. THere will be plenty of time for that later as we are a long way from June 22nd.
Prospect Depth chart
While that is an impressive list at the same time watching Brandon Halverson and Chris Nell be demoted to the ECHL shows how fast a prospect’s outlook can change. No way should the Rangers use a first round pick on a goalie but one of the second or third round picks would get you a good goalie.
One thing to remember there is no such thing as too many goalies, if that was true then there would be no worries post-Henrik.
If I wanted to I could have listed a few more names but I am not sold on some of the current crop of defensive prospects past the four listed. The problem with this year’s draft is that the in the area where the Rangers first pick comes up there will be a lot of smallish defenders rated there. If it was up to me, I would seriously consider moving down to pick up even more draft picks. Lindgren and Hajek are sure shots to make the NHL, Day and Pedrie have talent but do they have the desire to put in the hard work to be more than third pair guys?
Add a defenseman or two with one of the late first and early second but it is not a must-have.
That is a pretty good list of forwards and I could have added Vinni Letteri or Boo Nieves but that will depend on who the next Rangers coach is. What is to like most of the list is that four of the prospects are proven leaders with each wearing letters on former teams. Chytil and Howden address center, still feel Andersson’s future is on the wing and Ronning is your power play specialist.
This might sound strange after singing the praises of those listed but here is where the Rangers should focus on the most. Remember you need 12 forwards to play every night so the more the merrier. The need will be the most on the left side as Andersson, Gettinger, and Ronning play mostly on the right.
The first pick if they stay at eight really should be a sniper regardless of which spot he plays. That is the area in which the franchise lacks the most. After that if possible to find as much scoring help as possible.
Sean Day and his Kingston Frontenacs had a much better effort but still was unable to solve the Hamilton Bulldogs. The Bulldogs scored twice in the third period to earn a 3-1 win and a commanding 3-0 series lead.
Day was held scoreless on two shots but was also a -3. Nothing against Kingston but it is almost as if since nobody expected them to reach the conference finals they are happy here.
Now Day’s junior career could end with the next loss (game four is Tuesday). Day had a great start to the playoffs but Hamilton has shut him and his teammates down.