Tonight, the New York Rangers are scheduled to draft at the 28th position of the first round. It's possible to find a steal late in Round 1 (a player by the name of Mike Richter was drafted 28th back in 1985), but more often that not it's tougher to do.
Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News believes the Rangers could go in two directions, either going for forward Stefan Matteau—son of former Ranger legend Stephane Matteau—or if the organization is inclined to find Henrik Lundqvist's eventual replacement, draft 18-year-old goalie Oscar Dansk of Brynas Jr. in Sweden.
Here's an excerpt from the article regarding both players:
Stefan Matteau, the son of 1994 Rangers hero Stephane Matteau, is ranked 17th among North American forwards on NHL.com’s draft prospects list. His speed and ties to the organization are reasons some believe he could be a good fit with New York.
The deepest crop in this year’s draft is the defensemen, but there are debates about their comparative worth. And if enough highly regarded blueliners come off the board early, perhaps the Rangers could once again dip into Sweden for a goaltender in Oscar Dansk of Brynas Jr. in the Swedish Jr. League. Henrik Lundqvist is 30 years old, and goalie development takes time. Dansk, at 6-2, 186 pounds, is ranked second among European goalie prospects and is often praised for his focus and positioning.
Either one of Leonard's suggestions would be interesting.
Having the son of one of the men responsible for the 1994 Stanley Cup would come with it fond memories and perhaps high expectations. Drafting Lundqvist's understudy of the future has to be high on the list of the Rangers' priorities; however, it may not be this year. Dansk's age could make it worthwhile, especially under the tutelage and supervision of Rangers goalie coach Benoit Allaire.
NHL.com writers Adam Kimelman, Mike Morreale and Steven Hoffner provided mock drafts recently and each had the Rangers selecting someone different, ranging from left wing Tanner Pearson to center Cristoval Nieves.
Don't forget the chance to move down to acquire more picks (the Rangers only have four this year) and add to the quality prospect pool.
What it comes down to is there's no clear direction for the Rangers to go in at 28. Their position, much like the draft, is a crap shoot. Anything is possible.