The Rangers will have the 9th pick in the NHL draft after the Carolina Hurricanes jumped into the top three and pushed them down a spot.
The Rangers came into the lottery with the 8th best odds to get the first overall pick (6%) and had a 19% chance of landing a pick in the top-three.
The Rangers Top 10 picks, since 1980, have been:
- 2017 - Lias Andersson (7)
- 2010 - Dylan McIlrath (10)
- 2004 - Al Montoya (6)
- 2001 - Dan Blackburn (10)
- 1999 - Pavel Brendl (4), Jamie Lundmark (9)
- 1997 - Manny Malhotra (7)
- 1993 - Niklas Sundstrom
- 1987 - Jayson More (10)
- 1986: Brian Leetch (9)
- 1985: Ulf Dahlen (7)
- 1981: James Patrick (9)
Jeff Gorton told the NY Post on Saturday that the Rangers will pick the player they feel will be the best, not the one that might be able to help quickest.
He said that the plan will be to take the best player available, no matter the position. (NY Post)
The Rangers have two other picks in the first round, from Boston and Tampa Bay, but those slots in the draft order have not yet been determined.
Adam Rotter: History has shown that the two times the Rangers have picked defensemen with the 9th overall pick they have had success. James Patrick had a really good career and played over 1280 games (671 with the Rangers). Brian Leetch, well, is quite possibly the best player to ever put on a Rangers jersey. That hopefully bodes well since this draft is pretty deep with defensemen and, while the Rangers will take the best player available, defense is certainly a need.