NHL ETAs for New York Rangers' 2014 Draft Picks
With no first-round pick, there will be no draftees making the pros this year.
But there is some talent in this draft class. In a few years, we could be seeing its dividends.
What are the NHL ETAs for the Rangers' 2014 draft picks? Read on to find out.
Brandon Halverson, Goalie
Brandon Halverson is an 18-year-old goalie who plays for Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League.
The 6'4", 173-pound goaltender posted a 2.96 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage in his first season in the OHL.
The Rangers obviously don't need a goaltender anytime soon. And Halverson will need a lot of time. With just one junior season under his belt, Halverson will probably play two more seasons in juniors before moving to the AHL.
Realistically, Halverson won't make the NHL for at least five years. Even then, he might be a backup. Be patient with this one.
Keegan Iverson, Center
Keegan Iverson posted 22 goals and had 20 assists with the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL.
The 18-year-old could see time in the NHL in two or three years.
If Iverson has a big season this year in Portland, look for him to make the jump to the pros, getting a chance with the Rangers in two years' time.
The 6'0", 216-pound pivot plays a power game, which is something the Rangers certainly need.
Keep an eye on this kid.
Ryan Mantha, Defense
Ryan Mantha posted three goals and 12 assists while playing for the Sioux City Musketeers and the Indiana Ice of the USHL.
The 6'5", 225-pound defenseman committed to the University of North Dakota, but his OHL rights are owned by Niagara. It is not clear where he will go.
If Mantha goes the major junior route, a guy with his size and skill could be in the pros in two or three years.
If he goes to UND, don't expect the big defenseman to play with the Rangers for at least five years.
Hopefully for the Rangers' sake, he'll chose to play in the OHL.
Igor Shestyorkin, Goalie
Igor Shestyorkin is a 6'0", 183-pound goaltender who catches with his left hand.
Playing with MHK Spartak of the MHL in Russia, Shestyorkin posted a 14-5-4 record with an impressive 1.42 goals-against average, a .947 save percentage and five shutouts.
Shestyorkin has a lot of work to do. He's playing in Russia's junior leagues, which are not as competitive as the Canadian junior leagues.
He needs to prove himself in the KHL for at least two years before the Rangers will consider bringing him over.
Don't expect this goalie to see Rangers ice for four or five years.
Richard Nejezchleb, Right Wing
Richard Nejezchleb had a big year for Brandon of the WHL.
The 6'2", 209-pound winger scored 32 goals and had 25 assists last year.
Nejezchleb was not drafter last year, although he was eligible.
At 20 years old, Nejezchleb isn't too far from turning pro. He could be a member of the big club in two or three years.
Daniel Walcott, Defense
Daniel Walcott is a thin defenseman who put up good numbers last season in the QMJHL.
The 5'11", 168-pounder scored 10 goals and had 29 assists for the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada last year.
The 20-year-old will likely do an overage year in juniors before jumping pro.
He needs to gain weight—badly. At 168 pounds, he will simply not survive in the pros, let alone the AHL. At least 30 pounds are needed.
If he puts on weight and keeps his skating ability, Walcott could be a steal.
Look for him in three or four years, hopefully with some more meat on his bones.
Tyler Nanne, Defense
The grandson of Hall of Famer Lou Nanne, Tyler Nanne is a 5'10", 174-pound defenseman who is headed to Ohio State next year.
He tallied seven goals and 20 assists at Edina High School in Minnesota and ranked second on the team in points in the postseason.
Obviously, we'll have to see how his development goes as a Buckeye. But realistically, we can't expect Nanne to become a Ranger for at least four years.
If he becomes a star in college, Nanne could go pro after his sophomore or junior season. Most likely, however, Nanne will play four years in college, then play a year or two in Hartford before joining the big club.