Blue Shirts Draft Relatively Uneventful
Compared to the draft weekends of Philadelphia, Columbus and Minnesota, just to name a few, the New York Rangers had a pretty quiet draft weekend. After acquiring D Tim Erixon from Calgary for two second-rounders, the Blue Shirts owned just one pick (15th overall in round one) in the first three rounds. It was believed they could move down if the player they wanted wasn't there at 15 to add a second or a third but they must have liked J.T. Miller enough not to do that.
Let's take a look at what the Rangers added to the organization this past weekend.
Miller, in addition to having a great last name, is a solid two-way forward in the mold of current Rangers like Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan. He led Team USA in the World U-18's in scoring. He has a commitment to North Dakota.
Best 15th choice overall in last 15 years: Erik Karlsson, Ottawa, 2008
Fogarty was chosen with the pick acquired from St. Louis for prospect Evgeny Grachev. Fogarty is the second straight American selected and after dominating high school he will continue his development at Notre Dame. Is considered to be a good play-making center with good hockey sense.
Best 72nd choice overall in last 15 years: Jonathan Quick, LA, 2005
St. Croix was ranked by Central Scouting as the 59th best North American skater in its final rankings and 36th in their mid-term. It would appear the Rangers were able to get him a round or so later than projected. St. Croix has good hands and offensive instincts though his skating stride is a little unorthodox according to ESPN.com.
Best 106th choice overall in last 15 years: Christian Ehrhoff, SJ, 2001
Best 134th choice overall in last 15 years: Kris Versteeg, Boston, 2004
Best 136th choice overall in last 15 years: Mike York, NYR, 1997