The NHL has confirmed the draft order for next Friday's draft and the Rangers have the following picks:
- First Round: 9, 26, 28
- Second Round: 39, 48
- Third Round: 70, 88
- Fourth Round: 101
- Fifth Round: 132
- Sixth Round: 163
The Rangers made seven picks in total at last year's draft, six in 2016, seven in 2015, seven in 2014, five in 2013 and four in 2012.
Craig Custance writes at The Athletic that it will be a surprise if the Rangers move from #9.
Custance says that the Rangers have players in the late 20s that they "really like" so they may be fine staying in those spots. (The Athletic)
Adam Rotter: The question for the Rangers is how many of those 7 picks in the top 88 will they actually use. They have a ton of options that vary from using all of them, trading a few to move up in certain spots or trading all of them in an effort to acquire established NHL players and expedite the rebuild. That third option is the least likely but there are some who believe the Rangers will package some of their picks to acquire a youngish player that can step right in and play for David Quinn. In the event that the Rangers want to move up from 9, they have the picks and a few roster players to do that, but it isn't yet known if the Rangers are focused on making sure they land one specific player. My guess is that the Rangers turn those seven picks into four and combine a bunch of them to move up in different spots. I could see them making all three picks in the first round but using some of their later picks to move up from 26 and/or do the same with the 28th pick. The draft is the next step as the Rangers continue to reshape and rebuild things and it's only a week away.