Many teams look at the NHL Entry Draft as a way to find that future star to build their team around, or a way to find a player that will help take their team to the next level without sacrificing their current core of players.
The New York Rangers fit into that second category. After finishing in first place in the Eastern Conference with 109 points, the Rangers come into this draft looking for that one player that will take them to that next level, the Stanley Cup.
The Rangers hold four picks in the first four rounds of the Entry Draft that is hosted in Pittsburgh at the CONSOL Energy Center. Those picks are the 28th, 59th, 89th, and 119th.
With an offseason surrounded by the news of Marian Gaborik needing shoulder surgery (via Larry Brooks of the NY Post) and rumors of Rick Nash coming to New York (via NY Post), some Ranger fans might have overlooked the draft. However, there are prospects that can help the Rangers in the near future. This year’s draft should not be overlooked.
Here are five players the New York Rangers should consider drafting as they head into this weekends draft.
Thanks to thehockeywriters.com for prospect information and scouting reports.