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The Rangers continue to make news hours before the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, this time with the rumor that they might be looking to move up in the draft.
Tons of action this morning. Hearing Vegas continues to push to move into the top 3 and the NYR may also trade up. Lots of moving parts.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 23, 2017
As it stands, the Rangers hold the 7th and 21st overall picks in the first round of the draft.
Despite the fact that this draft lacks a massive amount of top-end talent, the Rangers are looking to inject any amount of skill into their system. A potential target could be smooth skating defenseman Cale Makar, the Calgary, Alberta native who scored 24 goals and 51 assists in 54 games with the Brooks Bandits of the AJHL in 2017. He is committed to University of Massachusetts – Amherst next season.
Another possible target could be Finnish defenseman Miro Heiskanen who scored 5 goals and 5 assists in 37 games in Finland’s top league, Liiga.
One other thing to note is that Dreger said the Rangers are looking to move up, but he didn’t say where they’re looking to move up from. Keep in mind they also have the 21st pick in the draft, so the Rangers might be also looking to get between 7th and 21st to get a player they have their eye on. As Dreger states in his Tweet, there are a lot of moving parts. Stay tuned. We’re two hours from the draft at this point and the action is sure to pick up.