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At ESPN Insider, Grant Sonier reveals his final mock draft before tomorrow night's first round.

At 28, he picks Nicolas Kerdiles for the Rangers. Kerdiles is ranked 17th by Future Considerations and 33rd by The Hockey News.

On the pick, Sonier writes, "Kerdiles boasts solid size and strong skating to go along with a great work ethic. A willingness to play Ranger-type hockey makes this USNTDP forward a smart pick. He got better as the season went on and showed high-end character in helping lead his team through a successful season."

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At USA Today, Kyle Woodlief of Red Line Report has his projections for how he thinks the first round of the NHL Entry Draft will happen on Friday.

At 28, Woodlief thinks the Rangers will select winger Tim Bozon, saying "Call this one a hunch. He seems like the type of speed-and-skills winger with upside that Gordie Clark likes, and the Rangers are certainly on the prowl to find some secondary scoring."

Bozon is ranked 49th by Future Considerations, who say "His vision with the puck is just a notch below elite as he sees the entire ice surface very well. He makes strong, crisp tape-to-tape passes. He finds seams and open ice well with good anticipation. Soft hands and great timing allow him to make the right play with the puck and create offensive chances, not only for himself, but also his linemates?making them better as well. He never gives up on a play and reads what the defense will do before they do it. He goes to the net, and while he is not very strong at this point in his development, he does have a good frame to build that strength upon and a long reach to help protect the puck."

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At NHL.com, Adam Kimelman, Steve Hoffner and Mike Morreale compile their latest mock drafts for this Friday's NHL draft.

The Rangers have the 28th pick and Kimelman has them take high school center Cristoval Nieves.

Hoffner and Morreale don't have him in the first round. Future Considerations ranks him 38th and says that he projects to be an offensive forward.

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At Hockey's Future they have their mock draft for how they think the first round of next Friday's draft will turn out.

Leslie Treff made the Rangers pick and had them taking goalie Andrei Vasilevski. On why she picked him for the Rangers, Treff writes, "Vasilevski is a young netminder who will take four or five years to develop into an NHL capable goaltender, roughly the time Rangers starter Henrik Lundqvist will be approaching the twilight of his career. "

Vasilveski is ranked 21st by Future Considerations and is planning to stay at least two years in the KHL. He is also ranked 21st by The Hockey News in their draft preview issue.

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In The Hockey News 2012 Mock Draft, they have the Rangers taking Stefan Matteau, the son of former Ranger Stephane Matteau.

Matteau is ranked 30th in The Hockey News Draft issue. He is 6-1, 210 and played for the US National Development Team last season.

Scouts told The Hockey News that Matteau, who will play for his dad in the QMJHL next season, is better suited for the CHL than he would be in the NCAA because of his physical play.

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At NHL.com, Steve Hoffner, Mike Morreale and Adam Kimelman put together their third mock draft of the season following the NHL Draft Lottery.

The Rangers are slotted at 29th.

Kimelman has them taking Slater Koekkoek, a defenseman from Peterborough.

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At NHL.com, they have a scout from the Western Conference and a scout from the Eastern Conference compile their mock drafts for this June's draft.

The Rangers, when they were conducted, had the 29th pick in the draft.

The Western Conference scout has the Rangers taking forward Tanner Pearson of the Barrie Colts.

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At ESPN Insider, Grant Sonier has his first mock draft for this June's 2012 NHL draft.

The Rangers, by virtue of having the second best record in the league, have the 29th pick in this mock draft.

Sonier has them taking defenseman Olli Maata of the London Knights. He says that Maata has a very high hockey IQ.

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Over the weekend at NHL.com, Mike Morreale, Adam Kimelman and Steven Hoffner compiled their first mock drafts for the 2012 Draft in Pittsburgh.

The mock drafts, which were published on Sunday, have the Rangers with the sixth pick.

Kimelman has the Rangers drafting Alex Galchenyuk of the Sarnia Sting. Hoffner has Galchenyuk going second overall and Morreale has him going seventh overall.

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