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Islanders' general manager Garth Snow had himself another good year at the draft. New York did not have any picks in the first round, but by the of end of Friday night the Islanders had made two first round selections.

On day two, the Islanders came away with five defenseman to replenish the team's blue line prospects. They even managed to make a bit of history with the selection of Andong Song, the first Chinese born player to be drafted by an NHL team.

The 2015 draft for the Islanders was one in which they could pick the best players available and not for need. They already have a strong group of prospects in the system and now they have the building blocks to make the team very good for many years to come.

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Islanders general manager Garth Snow doesn't make a trade without a purpose. So when the Islanders traded Reinhart for the 16th and 33rd overall picks in the draft on Friday night there was clearly a player they wanted.

And that player was Mathew?Barzal.

The Islanders saw the opportunity to grab what could be the steal of the draft after Boston passed on selecting him three consecutive times. When Snow realized Barzal was still there for the taking, he made the decision to trade defenseman Griffin Rienhart to Edmonton.

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With the Rangers five picks today, Gordie Clark says that the Rangers will still be able to find guys who can play in the top six up front or top four on defense and that the Rangers will be able to find "NHL players" but maybe not "impact players."

Clark said "This year could be all over the place. In the second round, there are so many players, we have a hard time getting three scouts to agree on one player, it's that kind of draft." (Rangers)

Clark added, "With the first round we have almost always gone for the best player available, that we feel is in the spot. Last year we didn't pick until the third and this year it's not until the end of the second this year so you need to wait and see how it all comes out in the wash with what the other teams are taking." (Rangers)

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The second day of the NHL Draft kicks off at 10AM.

The Rangers have the following picks

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In a chat with the Rangers website, Gordie Clark said that one position the Rangers focus on tomorrow with their four pics could be goaltending.

Clark said, "I think we can say that we need to stock some goalies and I have never gone for goalies unless I felt they could be number one goalies, Cam Talbot we got as a free agent and was one of the best backups in the league and we go for guys who we think can be number one goalies, there hasn't been much in the past but this year looks like a pretty good year so we have been looking hard in that area."

McKeens Draft Guide has six goalies ranked in their top sixty with 5 between 40 and 60. They also rank four other goalies from 60 to 120.

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As part of the deal to acquire Marty St. Louis, the Rangers sent Tampa Bay a conditional second round pick in 2014. The condition on that pick was that it turns into a first round pick if the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference Final.

The Rangers did reach the Eastern Conference Final this season and that pick sent to Tampa Bay this year turned from a second round pick into a first round pick, number 28 overall.

Gordie Clark, the Rangers Director, Player Personnel, who runs the draft says that he doesn't miss the Rangers first round pick this year because it was traded in a deal that helped the team get to the Stanley Cup Final. (Ranger Rants)

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All seven rounds of the NHL draft will take today, starting at 3PM

First Round

  • None (Traded to acquire Rick Nash)
Second Round

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In a chat with the Rangers website, Gordie Clark said that the Rangers are likely to use their picks in the third round and beyond on players who fill needs rather than taking the best player available which is usually what they do in the first round.

Clark said that the Rangers are light on defense because most of their young defense have made it to the NHL and that is one area that they could look to target.

He also says that the Rangers could look and see if they can a goalie that could develop into a number one starter.

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At ESPN's NHL Draft Blog, Doug McIntyre writes about how some of the best players in the NHL went overlooked in their draft year and ended up being late round steals.

Three of these cases are the Rangers Ryan Callahan, Henrik Lundqvist and Dan Girardi, who went un-drafted.

In the case of Callahan, McIntyre spoke with Rangers Director of Player Personnel Gordie Clark who said, "It isn't that everybody missed him -- he matured late. You just never know how these guys will turn out."

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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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Zach is Derek's cousin and will be drafted next weekend. More on him, here.

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In April 30th issue of The Hockey News, Ryan Kennedy wrote of Zach Stepan who is a draft eligible prospect for this year and the cousin of the Rangers Derek Stepan.

Kennedy spoke to a scout that said Stepan is a honest two-way player who "works his butt off."

In comparing Zach to Derek's skillful game, Kennedy writes, "Zach is the kind of player who keeps the other team's star in check and wins faceoffs in the defensive zone and on the penalty kill."

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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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In the Edmonton Journal, Jim Matheson writes that the Rangers are believed to have interest in drafting the son of former Ranger Ulf Samuelsson.

Matheson writes that Henrik Samuelsson is a potential late first round pick who is a power forward with an edge.

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