The Rangers draft was a successful one
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Now that the 2018 NHL Entry Draft is complete, it’s time to reflect on how the New York Rangers did in their biggest draft in 10 years. 

The 2018 NHL Entry Draft was without a doubt one of the most important drafts for the New York Rangers in most recent memory.

Entering Friday, the Rangers came in with 10 picks, including seven in the first three rounds. Of those 10 picks, they held on to the ninth overall pick, used two of them to move up to the 22nd overall pick, and retained the 28th pick.

If anything was clear, it was that the Blueshirts were going to infuse their organization with young talent, just like the 2018 trade deadline. When looking at how the Rangers did this year, there are mixed reviews, but the reality is that happiness can be the only word to describe the direction this team is going.

When looking at the ninth overall pick, they took a Russian winger in Vitali Kravtsov.

Selecting the 19-year-old forward took most by surprise considering Oliver Wahlstrom was the best payer available. But the Rangers obviously saw something in Kravtsov that enticed them to use such a high pick on him.

Just look at those four keywords from Steve Kournianos.

“Size, speed, soft hands, and very dangerous.” How is that not exciting?

He will add size to a team that some feel needed more of it. His speed element will fit right in with this roster and he’s “very dangerous” when was the last time the Rangers had a player described like that?

The fact of the matter is that the Kravtsov looks like he has the ability to be a game-changer for the Rangers at some point in the future. The Rangers don’t have that now and might have changed that with that pick.

Like they did with the ninth overall pick, the rest of the draft saw the Rangers take picks that some may label as risky. But the risks came with plenty of rewards, the players the Blueshirts took all have the ability to become NHL players at some point in time. Notice that phrase though, at some point in time.

Most of the fanbase felt that the Rangers would use this draft as a way to move this rebuild along quicker than what they thought they signed up to. But general manager Jeff Gorton quickly reminded us that they weren’t going for the quick fix.

That is what makes this draft so successful for the Rangers. The fact that they stuck to their plan and didn’t jeopardize the future for players that can help them win now. Gorton could have packaged two of his first rounders for a veteran player, but he didn’t. Instead, he emphasized the importance of doing this rebuild the right way.

Gorton might not have taken the player or players you wanted him to take. If that was the case think about this for a second. Drafts aren’t made to repair your team the following season. They are made help your team within the next three years and beyond.

If you’re judging the New York Rangers draft based on that specific idea, they passed with flying colors. But, if you don’t want to think like that, hopefully in three years, these players proved they worth it.


  1. the year is 2011 .
    and with the 15th draft pick overall the NY Rangers pick JT Miller
    and with the 72nd draft pick overall the NY Rangers pick Steve Fogarty (loved him in CCR)
    and with the 106th pick the Rangers grab Michael St. Croix . What a brilliant career he has had and remember when his mom tragically passed away during the playoffs and he found the inner strength to help turn a dead series around and –of shit that was Marty St. Louis .. Never mind I get these crazy Frenchman confused .
    With the 134th pick overall the Rangers grab Shane McColgan
    Gee whiz -back then I guess the Rangers felt they needed D help so they were pulled off two of the greatest steals in the past 20 years of the NHL draft ………
    With the 136th overall pick they grab Samuel Noreau and
    pick 172 was Peter Ceresnak …What a huge help they’ve been on the blue line
    It is so bizarre that somebody would think the Rangers pulled off some type of awesome draft when you know a little something about not just Rangers drafts but the whole NHL draft of the past … Sure you find some gems – but the clunkers far far outweigh even the marginal 3rd or 4th rounders you get . Google it -and laugh . A large percentage of draft picks NEVER play – they stay in their native country or can’t make the jump to the pros and become used car salesmen . I want their drafts to be studs too – but I will believe it when I see it .

    2008 -DelZotto-Derek Stephan- Evgeny Grachev-Kundratek -Dale Weise- Chris Doyle- Mich Gaulton
    2009-KREIDER-Ethan Werek -Ryan Bourque- Roman Horuk -Scott Skajcer -Daniel Maggio-Mikhail Pashnin
    2010- Dylan McIlrath -Christian Thomas-Andrew Yogan -Jason Miller- JESPER Fast -Randy Mc Naught
    2011–see my other post
    2012-BRADY Skjei- Christoval Nieves – Calle Anderson -Thomas Spelling
    It may be too early to decide on the later drafts – they are after all very young when drafted however I would think unlike baseball -if you are KILLING IT in the minors at 18-21 you are joining the pro team . If you haven’t excelled by 24 -my bet is you are not going to be a big player -possibly a 3rd or 4th line player …
    Look at those names -who are the studs – the supreme players ? Ranger management thought they had some quality pieces back then – its a crap shoot .