Jeff Gorton said this week that he expects to be "active" at the draft and that the team is not committing to making all three picks in the first round or all seven in the first three rounds. (NYR)
He said that the focus will be on trying to make the Rangers better and acquire players they can "move forward with." (NYR)
Gorton said after the draft lottery that the Rangers will pick the player they think will "eventually be the best."
The Rangers have 9, 26 and 28 in the first round as well as two second round picks and two third round picks.
James Dolan has said that the Rangers want to put themselves in position to acquire a difference maker.
Adam Rotter: With all the picks they have, as well as assets like Ryan Spooner, Vlad Namestnikov, and potential roster players that could be moved, the Rangers will have a lot of different options come draft weekend. I expect that the Rangers will try very hard to move up, though I don't know if it will be from nine or trying to use their two later round picks to move higher.
There will certainly be Erik Karlsson rumors, and Gorton and Pierre Dorion collaborated on the Derrick Brassard trade, but it remains to be seen if the Rangers will engage in that. The Rangers could try and go shopping in the RFA market, likely more for a trade than an offer-sheet, and get someone young enough to still build with the rest of the team. The Rangers have a lot of different roads they could go down and it's expected they are going to investigate all of them heavily while they rebuild.