Drafting is one of the things the New York Rangers have done well since the 2004-05 lockout came and passed. As a team in transition, the organization realized that if they were to steadily improve, they were going to have to draft well.
Despite not having a top-five selection in any of the drafts since, the Rangers have still been able to choose solid players, and not just in the first round. Players like Derek Stepan, Artem Anisimov and Ryan Callahan were all selected beyond the initial round in their respective drafts, and as we all know, they’re all capable and promising NHL regulars.
Although the 2010 draft was recent—and some of the players selected are far from NHL-ready—the draft class looks hopeful. Now, three years removed, we should begin to see some of these youngsters take steps toward being considered by the big club.
Although the story of the draft was the surprise drop of defenseman Cam Fowler on the draft board, if some of the selections the Rangers made pan out, nobody will remember the fact that the Rangers could have selected him at No. 10.
But, considering I cannot predict the future, I present to you today a progress report on the Rangers' 2010 draft class. Read on to catch up on the development of the six Rangers who could don blue in the not-so-distant future.