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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.
Using the 157th pick, the Rangers selected yet another over-ager with winger Dominik Lakatos of the Czech Extraliga. The 20-year-old Czech plays for Bili Tygri Liberec, the team coach by development camp coaching invite Filip Pesan.
Morgan Barron of St. Andrew’s College, part of the Canadian High School system, would be the 174th pick. The speedy forward is committed to Cornell and will likely develop his game for the full years while there. He offers much in the way of physical tools between his skating and strength but needs to develop his actual skills if he wants to make it professionally.
With their final pick, the New York Rangers selected Patrik Virta of TPS in the Finnish Liiga. A 21-year-old over-ager who produced 26 points in 49 games during the 2016-17 season. Virta is a teammate of Tarmo Reunanen, the Rangers fourth round selection in 2016.