New York Rangers Blueshirt Beat, 6/24/17: NHL Entry Draft Recap
June 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Brady Skjei is selected as the number twenty-eight overall draft pick to the New York Rangers in the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

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 splashDerek 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.

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.

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
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