The Rangers have announced their 2017 development camp roster. All of the 2017 selections will be in attendance as well as recent free agent signings such as Neal Pionk and Alexei Beregelazov. A notable omission from the roster is Russian left wing Vladimir Tkachyov who was reported to have agreed to attend the camp back […]
“After making two reach selections in the first round with Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil, the Rangers continued their string of odd choices by first moving back in the fourth round from pick 102 to acquire the 123rd and 174th picks from San Jose.
With that, the Rangers made their first selection of Day Two with Brandon Crawley of the OHL’s London Knights. The Glen Rock, New Jersey native was a strange selection for the fourth round given that this was his third time eligible for the draft. He brings grit and a heavy slapshot but offers little in the way of offense. His skating should be of moderate concern as he goes on to play at higher levels. If anything, Crawley was a huge reach by the Rangers to try and add a large defenseman that doesn’t really fit the current NHL.
Following Crawley, the Rangers selected yet another defenseman, this time from Division I in Sweden. Calle Själin, the 145th pick, is a puck-moving defenseman who spent most of 2016-17 with his local club, Östersunds IK. He’s a smart player who knows how to consistently distribute the puck well. He doesn’t offer any type of flash to his game and would benefit from adjusting his game to use his size to his advantage. Själin might find his way to the NHL if he can bring more of a two-way game and take his skating to another level.”
Chytil is a talented two-way winger with high offensive potential. One of the youngest players available in the draft, he brings an exceptionally speedy game that sees him using him making offensive plays on the go. His combination of both his speed and hands make him an offensive threat anytime he’s on the move. The young Czech’s stickwork absolutely makes him a threat. Despite being more a team first player, Chytil possesses the ability to release a hard wrist shot that is also relatively accurate.
Chytil doesn’t have the highest ceiling, but his offensive skills are certainly intriguing. He projects largely as a middle-six player.
Andersson is known as being a strong two-way forward with offensive potential. While not being a very large player at 6’0″ and 200 lbs, he uses his body to his advantage to control puck possession. His skating is improving though it does not impede his overall play. Andersson sees the ice very well and is very good at distributing the puck. He has a shot that isn’t overtly deadly, but very much capable of beating goaltenders. He’s more capable of producing offense by working his way into the dirty areas.
The Swede is a very low-risk pick for the New York Rangers given his style of play. He’s very disciplined and his two-way game will allow him to transition very nicely to NHL play. He projects as a middle six forward that can play in all situations and his likelihood of playing in the NHL is higher than some of the other players eligible. Andersson would be eligible to play in Hartford during the 2017-18 season should he choose to.
Subban undoubtedly has the talent to be successful but has yet to put it into full practice. This is where the Rangers could benefit. Over the last decade, the Rangers have done some great work with goaltenders as a result of the efforts of coach Benoit Allaire. Allaire, who oversees both goaltending for the Rangers and their AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolfpack, has helped goaltenders Henrik Lundqvist, Chad Johnson, Cam Talbot and Antti Raanta to see success at the NHL level. Johnson and Talbot both came to work under Allaire at age 23 after several years playing at the NCAA level, so it might not be too late for Subban to study under the goaltending guru. Simple changes to his approach, which Allaire has become an expert in spotting, could help the Toronto native re-invent himself under the bright lights of Broadway.
After what has seemed like an eternity the New York Rangers actually have a first-round draft pick this summer! With about a month to go until the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, there are some important decisions to be made. Among them, who do the Rangers eye as their selection with the 21st pick? There are plenty of options to choose from and while this may not be the strongest draft in years it still has its benefits. The great uncertainty surrounding this draft has led to various risers and fallers and that should continue up until draft day. That should allow for some talented players to fall within range of the Rangers’ pick if not directly to them.
With a barren prospect pool, the Blueshirts should be applying a best player available approach in order to restock the currently empty cupboards. Recent acquisitions such as the signings of Neal Pionk and other UDFAs (Undrafted Free Agents) have helped in that regard, but nothing compares to first-round talent. Among some of the talented players that can fall within reach for the Rangers are Timothy Liljegren, Eeli Tolvanen, Kailer Yamamoto, and Erik Brännström.
After signing goaltender Chris Nell last week, the Rangers have continued to restock their cupboards with another NCAA free agent signing in Vinni Lettieri. #Blackhawks were the other team that came very close to Lettieri, but #nyrangers got him. Attended camps w em, Stepan, Skjei helped recruit — Michael Russo (@Russostrib) March 27, 2017 Lettieri […]
When Brady Skjei was drafted by the New York Rangers with the 28th pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, one might not have assumed much of the pick. The Rangers defense was building itself quite nicely in a year featuring a run to the conference finals. Ryan McDonagh had established himself a strong number […]
The days of the five goal-a-game Rangers, with their top to bottom scoring depth and red-hot powerplay, are long since passed. Following a string of poor performances beginning with a 4-2 loss against Columbus on November 18th, the Rangers had been largely reliant upon individual performances by their players. Like Rick Nash, who had developed […]