With the Rangers trading away this year's first and second round picks in the Rick Nash & Ryane Clowe trades respectively, Gordie Clark and his crew are going to be twiddling their thumbs for a long time before finally using the first of the Blueshirts three third round picks during tomorrow's draft.
But Clark still has a game plan going into the day (via Blueshirts United)...
"This is the first time in my career I have had to wait so long to make a pick. But these are still important picks. The difference is that in the first round we tend to take the best player available regardless of position. Here we can think more about filling a need in the organization. For example we are a little light on defense because all of our young (defensemen) are already in the NHL for the most part. So that is one area we would target. And seeing if we can find a possible future No. 1 goaltender, as well."
...it's about time the Rangers start thinking about drafting the heir apparent to Lundqvist. The organizational depth at goaltender is virtually non-existent.
...as far as drafting defensive depth, you can never have enough. Very doubtful the Rangers are going to find an impact offensive player in the third round and beyond so it sounds like forwards are at the bottom of their wish list.
Here's more Clark on the draft...
Meanwhile, Leslie Treff at Hockey's Future notes that the Rangers might look to obtain a high risk/high reward offensive defenseman. She feels one or more may still be available in the third round.
I'm not even going to pretend I know who may be available for the Rangers in the third round, so if you want to take a look at the 2013 draft prospects rankings, click here.
The Rangers have three picks in the third round (numbers 65, 75, and 80), a fourth rounder (number 110) and a sixth round selection (number 170).
This is a good deep draft which the Rangers can take advantage of as there is a good mix of players who yes need work on their game/body/skating but the Rangers have shown they can invest time in these kinds of players.
I like among the goalies a Shane Starett who played with Boo Nieves at Kent or a Eamon McAdam who is heading to Penn State.
On Defense there is a Spencer Jensen of Medicine Hat a 6'4 shutdown defender who has improved a lot over the last 2 years.
Forward there are way too many 5'8-5'11 guys in the 3rd round area to like in North America so I think the Rangers might again look to Europe for help
Sather is still in charge which is the biggest problem. Heard there was disagreement about buying Richards out which means there are some in Ranger management not happy with Sather's decision to keep him.
didn't they draft or trade for a goalie last year? I know im getting old but thought last year they got a goalie for the future in case the "king" does not resign. Worst case they use him as trade bait?
If we ha a 1st rounder we could snag Zach Fucale from my home town of Halifax, Nova Scotia. He will be gone by end of the first round though.
The draft is crap shoot so unless your pickiing in the top 5 or so you never know what your going to have in a few years. I'm so pissed about them keeping Richards I could care less if they draft a bag of pucks and a broken stick. Fucking idiots!
Unlikely we get a great offensive player.. but I wouldn't say very doubtful. St. Croix round 4. Hagelin Round 6. Dubi Step and Ani round 2. Cally round 4. So yea that's probably bc of our terrible draft history until recently but still not bad deep drafting.
Sather, with his idiotic policy of giving up draft picks has put Clark in a tough position. Not going to be a good off season already off to an atrocious start by keeping Richards. He is long past retirement.
@FREE LINDBERG Sather is still in charge which is the biggest problem. Heard there was disagreement about buying Richards out which means there are some in Ranger management not happy with Sather's decision to keep him.
@DanW None of the guys you mention past the second round have been impact players in the NHL. Cally is close, but he's far from being a sniper.
@DanW our early drafting still sucks.
@lennynyr Richards will probably retire during the season and leave the rangers in a big hole with cap space for the future. What a stupid move by Sather. He should be linched and run out of town.