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New York Rangers 2014 NHL Draft Picks: Grades, Results and Analysis

Tom Urtz Jr.Contributor IJune 27, 2014

New York Rangers 2014 NHL Draft Picks: Grades, Results and Analysis

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    The New York Rangers hope they still had a successful draft despite the fact that they didn't have a first-round pick. Martin St. Louis was added in a deal that sent two first-round picks to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and New York has generally done well in the later rounds.

    The Rangers should be content without possessing a first-rounder because they went all the way to the Stanley Cup Final.

    Here is an in-depth look at the six new players drafted by Glen Sather and the Rangers in the 2014 NHL draft.

Round 2, Pick 59: Brandon Halverson, G, Sault Ste. Marie (OHL)

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    The New York Rangers are set in goal for the foreseeable future with Henrik Lundqvist, but the Stanley Cup Finalists went with goalie Brandon Halverson with their first pick in the 2014 draft.

    Halverson is a huge goalie at 6'4" and he has the reach and size to frustrate shooters on a regular basis. He is coming off a solid season with Sault Ste. Marie, as he had a 2.96 goals-against average while stopping .904 percent of the shots that he faced.

    He made a name for himself in 2012-13 when he had a 2.88 GAA for Oakland Jr. Grizzlies along with a .906 save percentage.

    There will be no pressure on Halverson from the Rangers to jump up and make the big club anytime soon. He will need two-to-three years before the Rangers can consider him.

    Grade: B

     

    ---Update by Steve Silverman---

     

Round 3, Pick 86: Keegan Iverson, Center-Right Wing, Portland (WHL)

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    Keegan Iverson is a big man who plays all 200 feet and is going to compete hard for a chance to win a spot on the New York Rangers as he develops in his career.

    While he can play center or right wing, he would appear to have a better chance to play right wing as his career progresses because he can play the hard game in the corners. Iverson scored 22 goals and had 42 points for Portland last season.

    Iverson is 6'0" and 216 pounds and he will mix it up on the ice when he gets the opportunity. He'll give the Rangers more toughness when he gets a chance to show off those skills.

    If he develops into a fairly dependable scorer, he'll get his chance to play in the NHL.

    Grade: B-

     

    ---Update by Steve Silverman---

     

Round 4, Pick 104: Ryan Mantha, Defenseman, Portland (WHL)

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    Mantha's uncle, Moe Mantha, played more thant 650 games in the NHL, and he would like to do the same in his career.

    If he is going to do that, Mantha is going to have to continue to develop his skills and perhaps build his offensive game. Mantha is primarily a defensive defenseman, but he would like to be a bit more of a threat than he is at this point.

    Mantha is big, tough and physical at 6'4" and 208 pounds, and his ability to take and dish out hits will probably be his ticket to advancement in his career.

    Grade: C

     

    ---Update by Steve Silverman---

     

Round 4, Pick 118: Igor Shesterkin, Goalie, Spartak-2 (Russian Jr.)

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    The Rangers are taking a chance that Igor Shesterkin will continue to put impressive numbers on the board.

    Shesterkin had a sensational season playing for Spartak-2, compiling a 1.42 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage.

    He's going into a whole new level of competition as he comes to North America for the first time, but he opened scouts' eyes with his performance last season. If he can make the conversion and is not intimidate, the Rangers may have a legitimate prospect on their hands.

    This fourth rounder is likely going to get three years to learn and improve before the Rangers would even consider giving him a shot at the NHL level.

    Grade: C+

     

    ---Update by Steve Silverman---

     

Round 5, Pick 122: Richard Nejezchleb, LW, Brandon (WHL)

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    Nejezchleb is already 20 years old but injuries prevented him from being drafted over the past two seasons and hindered his progress.

    The native of the Czech Republic has good size at 6'2" and 200 pounds and skates well for a bigger forward. He possesses a good shot but has struggled at times with consistency and intensity.

    In 2013-14, he led the Brandon Wheat Kings with 32 goals. It was a bounce-back campaign for Nejezchleb who suffered an injured hand the previous season that limited him to just 35 games.

    By picking Nejezchleb in the fifth round, this is a low risk, high reward kind of move by Glen Sather.

    Grade: B

     

    --Update by Brad Kurtzberg--

Round 4, Pick 142: Tyler Nanne, Defenseman, Edina H.S.

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    Glen Sather added an offensive-minded defenseman to the Rangers organization when he selected Tyler Nanne with the 142nd pick in the NHL draft.

    Nanne is the grandson of former Minnesota North Stars defenseman and GM Lou Nanne. His brother Louie was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in 2012.

    Nanne stands only 5'10" and weighs 175, but he is successful because of his agility and skating ability. He also has a very hard and heavy shot for a smaller player.

    Last year, while playing high school hockey in Edina, Minnesota, Nanne was a finalist for the state's Mr. Hockey award. He played forward in high school but projects as a defenseman at the next level.

    He was ranked as the 118th-ranked North American skater by Central Scouting.

    Nanne will play college hockey at Ohio State in 2015-16. Nanne may be at least three years away from the NHL, but with his hockey intelligence and background, he has a chance to develop into a solid player.

    Grade: B+

    --update by Brad Kurtzberg--

     

     

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