The Best Fit at Each Position for New York Rangers in 2014 NHL Draft
What can the Rangers do with those six picks to fill needs at each position? Which prospects will be the best fit at each position?
We'll break down which draft prospects will provide the best fit going forward for the Rangers.
Wing: Alex Tuch, USA National Under-18 Team
The Rangers have had a lot of success with Boston College products, and Tuch, who is headed to BC in the fall, could be the next one.
The 6'3", 218-pound wing scored 29 goals and had 35 assists in 61 games for the U.S. National Under-18 Team.
It's possible that Tuch will not be available by the time the Rangers select in the second round, as his blend of size and power will have some teams salivating.
However, he's not the fastest skater, which may turn some teams off.
It shouldn't scare away the Rangers. Tuch projects as a Bryan Bickell type who can operate if front of the net.
If he is available at the end of the second round, the Rangers should pounce.
Center: Dominic Turgeon, Portland Winterhawks
One thing that has obvious in the Stanley Cup Finals was that the Rangers need size down the middle.
Enter Dominic Turgeon. The son of former NHL All-Star Pierre Turgeon, Dominic is 6'2", 198 pounds and projects as a solid, third-line center.
The 18-year-old had 10 goals and 21 assists this season in the WHL, but as he told Neate Sager of Yahoo!, his defensive game is his strongest:
I started this year with a big defensive role but I know that I have that offensive ability and that it will come. I feel I can protect the puck well in the offensive zone, drive the net and I'm strong defensively.
That size and defensive prowess will really benefit the Rangers. He was the 98th-ranked skater by TSN's Craig Button, so he should be available at the end of the third round.
Defense: Roland McKeown, Kingston Frontenacs
Roland McKeown is an offensive-minded defenseman who could provide a jolt to the Rangers' inconsistent power play.
The 18-year-old had career highs this year in the Ontario Hockey League, posting 11 goals, 32 assists and an impressive plus-38 rating.
"I love this kid … he can play offensively and move the puck and has a bomb of a shot," Central Scouting's David Gregory told Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com. "When defending you he presents himself as a big, strong and mobile guy. He'll push guys to the side; he's a legitimate top prospect."
While McKeown is getting some first-round buzz, more likely he'll be available when the Rangers pick at the end of the second round. TSN's Craig Button ranked him as the 51st-best player in the draft—the Rangers have the 59th selection.
After another year of junior hockey, McKeown could join the Rangers and make an instant impact on their power play, while also playing solid defense.
Goaltender: Chase Perry, Wenatchee Wild
So the Rangers certainly do not need a goaltender.
Henrik Lundqvist is signed through 2021, and backup Cam Talbot was solid.
But adding depth is always a good idea, especially if they can take a flyer on a talented youngster.
One prospect could be Chase Perry. Playing in the NAHL, Perry posted a 2.34 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage.
At just 18, Perry has a lot to learn, and he'll get to hone his craft at Colorado College starting next season.
But, as Chris Dilks of SB Nation writes, Perry has a lot of upside:
The first thing that stands out is that Perry brings prototypical NHL goalie-size to the table, and has the athleticism to match his size. He's a butterfly-style goalie that is known for being very aggressive in challenging shooters.
The Rangers should take him in one of the later rounds, monitor his development at the collegiate level and hope that he can become a solid backup for Lundqvist when he graduates.