The New York Rangers made six draft picks during this summer’s NHL entry draft and each of them have begun their seasons in their specific junior leagues. Here is a small update on how the Rangers draftees are playing for their junior (and European) teams.
First Round- Dylan Mcilrath (D): In nine games with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL the 10th overall draft pick has scored one point (an assist) and 23 penalty minutes. He isn’t much of a scoring defenseman, but he is showing off his fighting and hitting skills with his massive 23 penalty minutes.
Second Round- Christian Thomas (RW): The fortieth overall draft pick has played only five games this season for the Oshawa Generals of the OHL. In the five games he has scored eight goals, five assists, 13 points, and two penalty minutes. He has put up excellent offensive numbers for the Generals, and he will likely do the same when he comes to the Rangers in a few seasons.
Third Round- the Rangers did not have a third round draft pick.
Fourth Round- Andrew Yogan (Center): Yogan has not played yet due to an injury. He is expected to begin his season in November.
Fifth Round- Jason Wilson (Left Wing): The one-hundred-thirtieth pick of the NHL entry draft this summer has played six games for the Niagara IceDogs, and he has totaled three goals, one assist, and four points. He has also recorded seven penalty minutes.
Wilson has been marked as a tough player on his scouting report, but he can also score goals. He has played well so far this season for the IceDogs, and he may become a key part of the Rangers sometime in the next few years.
Sixth Round- Jesper Fasth (Right Wing): The Rangers' fifth selection of the entry draft was assigned to the Swedish Elite League for this season. He has played in seven games for the HV71 Jonkoping, and he has yet to score or put up any penalty minutes. I do not know what to expect from him.
Seventh Round- Randy McNaught (Right Wing): The Rangers final pick of this summer’s entry draft has appeared in eight games for the Vancouver Giants of the WHL. In the eight games he has scored one goal, one assist, two points, and a massive 27 penalty minutes.
McNaught was one of the better draft picks for the Rangers, and he was very impressive during the Traverse City tournament, and training camp (though he only lasted until first cuts). McNaught is extremely rough, and he is capable of scoring. He could become a Sean Avery type player when he hits the NHL level.
That’s all for now. I plan on having another update on other prospects sometime over the weekend.