The New York Rangers made a big splash trading Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta to Arizona setting themselves up with two picks in the NHL Draft.
The New York Rangers started NHL Draft day with a big splash. Derek Stepan, and Antti Raanta were traded to the Arizona Coyotes for the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NHL entry level draft and young offensively talented defenseman Anthony DeAngelo. For an in-depth look into the trade check out the ESNY article.
It goes without saying that all Rangers fans wish Stepan and Raanta all the best in Arizona. The hard work and dedication given to New York over the several seasons will not be soon forgotten. Big shout out to Antti Raanta who is capable and will thrive in his new starting goaltending position with the Coyotes. Go get em’ Antti!
NHL Entry Draft Notes
There was speculation that the New York Rangers would use their first round picks to trade up in the NHL draft or acquire a top notch center or first pair D-man. The draft has come and come and both picks were used in order to bolster the farm system.
With the 7th overall draft pick in the NHL Draft, the New York Rangers selected Sweedish-born center, Lias Andersson. For a full, in-depth analysis of this player check out the article by ESNY’s own Neal Purcell.
Meet the newest New York Rangers forward, Lias Andersson, the No. 7 selection in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. #NYR pic.twitter.com/pr5FcinhLO
— Elite Sports NY (@EliteSportsNY) June 24, 2017
The New York Rangers, with the 21st overall pick in the NHL Entry Draft, selected Czech center, Filip Chytil. The crew on NBCSN relates his play to Ondrej Palat. For more information on Chytil check out the ESNY article here.
With the 21st pick in the #NHLDraft together we welcome Filip Chytil to #NYR! #NYRDraft pic.twitter.com/yf4458cT3X
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) June 24, 2017
Other New York Rangers News:
- Scott Cullen of TSN shows that statistically speaking the Arizona Coyotes won the trade with the New York Rangers.
- The New York Rangers should thank the NHL for their 2017-2018 schedule according to Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post.
- Mike Murphy of Blueshirt Banter constructs a report card on Michael Grabner