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Rangers Draft Power House Defensman

For the NY Rangers, this draft saw the addition of more forwards along with one powerful defenseman.  Their first round pick is not who many speculated it may have been.

1st Round, 10th Overall

At the Team Draft Party, when the time came for the Rangers to make their pick, many at the event were chanting “Fowler,” as he had gone undrafted at that point.  The Rangers surprised everyone by using their first round pick to select the punishing defenseman Dylan McIlrath 10th overall, somewhat higher then he was predicted to go.  With McIlrath, the Rangers get the most feared player in the draft, someone who is not afraid to defend the net, take the body or drop the gloves.  This is something the Rangers are in desperate need of.  If and when he makes it to the NHL, his power on the blue line will be a welcome addition to the team.

2nd Round, 40th Overall

The Rangers took right winger Christian Thomas, son of former NHLer Steve Thomas.  He comes to the team off a career best in goals, points, short-handed and power play goals while playing with Oshawa last season.  Thomas also went 5-for-9 in the shootout last season.  The Rangers, having missed the playoffs this season due to a shootout loss, could certainly benefit from his precision in this area.
4th Round, 100th Overall

The Rangers used the 100th overall pick to select Andrew Yogan, who was the first born and raised Florida player to be drafted by an NHL team.  Yogan is also coming off a career best season, with personal records in goals, assists, points and penalty minutes in his season with OHL’s Erie Otters. His scoring ability will prove useful down the road if he can continue to play as he did last season.

5th Round, 130th Overall

The fifth round of the draft saw the Rangers selecting Jason Wilson from OHL’s Owen Sound.  Ranked second on the team in power play goals, he also registered a career-high point total of 35 last season.  If he can ease up on the penalty minutes (he had 101 last season), his ability to score will surely make him an asset.

6th Round, 157th Overall

By trading defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti to the Hurricanes, the Rangers acquired the 6th round pick from Carolina.  They used this pick to select Jesper Fasth from the Swedish Junior League, who finished last season with 23 goals and 26 assists.  Also included in the trade was Washington’s second round pick in the 2011 Draft.

7th Round, 190th Overall

The final pick of the draft for the Rangers was forward Randy McNaught from WHL’s Saskatoon team, taking him 190th overall.  McNaught tallied six goals, six assists and 163 penalty minutes last season.  He will need to work on offense and reign in the penalty minutes before he would have any NHL potential.

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