The Rangers enter tonight's first round of the NHL Draft with picks at:
- 26 (via the Rick Nash trade)
- 28 (via the Ryan McDonagh trade)
Jeff Gorton spoke about the draft on Thursday and said that the Rangers intend to make all three picks but that things can change as the draft develops.
Gorton added that the Rangers investigate every possibility that comes their way but that the focus remains on adding young players and giving them a chance.
He said, "we need to have the necessary players on our team that can help these guys learn the game and help us do everything we can to win every night. I think that is pretty clear where we are at."
Adam Rotter: After months and months of talk about the Rangers and their three first-round picks, we finally get to see who they take or what they do with them. This is part two of the Rangers offseason, part 1 was hiring David Quinn, and now we will see who will join Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil as cornerstones of the rebuild. What we seem to know for sure, unless something crazy happens, is that the Rangers will add a high-end player in the top-10, but that is really it. They could turn those two late first round picks into one pick by moving up, they can make those two picks, possibly use those picks, some of the players they have on the roster and add a young NHL player with experience or, really, anything in between. The Rangers are open to, and have the flexibility, to make all sorts of different moves. They, like the fans, have been waiting for tonight, going through all kinds of scenarios and we we will all get to see how it finally shakes out.