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Headed to Cornell next season, Beau Starrett could be an intriguing choice for the Rangers in the third round.
The Hockey Writers predict that the Rangers will select the 6'4", 185-pound left winger in the third round.
Playing for the South Shore Kings of the U.S. Premier Hockey League, Starrett scored 11 goals and had 36 assists in 48 games.
His coach, Scott Harlow, told Shawn Hutcheon of the New England Hockey Journal that, while raw, Starrett has big-time potential:
Beau’s upside is tremendous.He has size (6-foot-4), good hockey sense, great hands and can really shoot the puck. He has great offensive ability. He does need to increase his compete level but I think that will come as the season progresses.
Of course, we’re talking four or five years down the line when it comes to the NHL but I think Beau has the potential to be drafted in the top three rounds of the upcoming draft.
This would not be a pick for next year. This pick would only pay dividends starting in, perhaps, the 2018-19 season.
Nevertheless, playmakers with size don't come along often. Last season's Stanley Cup Final showed that the Rangers need to get a bit bigger. The 6'4" Starrett could be a nice start.