It was revealed on Saturday that the Rangers will have the 9th pick in the 2018 NHL draft.
The Rangers hold seven picks in the first three rounds of the 2018 draft:
- First Round: 9, Boston's pick, Tampa's pick
- Second Round: 39, NJ's pick
- Third Round: 70, Boston's pick
Gorton said that the Rangers are "pretty confident" they are going to get a "good player" at nine but added "if we're still there." (NY Post)
While speaking with the team's website, Gorton said that the Rangers will star talking to teams about their position in the draft and that will help determine whether the Rangers decide to move up or down from 9.
He added, "we will have a target group of probably five players we will look at real close now and then we will see what happens and see if any teams have interest in letting us move up."
Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers may look to target Arizona (5) and Ottawa (4) in an attempt to move up, but the "price may be steep." (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: Now that we know where the Rangers are slated to pick, all of the talk will be about trying to move up, how far they can go and what they would have to give up. With 7 draft picks in the first three rounds the Rangers have the draft pick assets, but as they rebuild they need to decide if they want to make all of those picks and keep adding to the organizational depth or if they are willing to package a bunch, or with something else, to try and get one player. The Rangers will have numerous different options and potential packages to put together. They may try to move up from nine but ultimately decide the better value is to package the two other first round picks and something else to try and move up into the teens. Ryan Spooner and Vlad Namestnikov both need new contracts but are definitely potential options to be included as the Rangers look to make moves. There is plenty of time for speculation and guessing before the Rangers, at whatever pick they have, are on the clock but the one thing that seems for sure is that they are going to add someone that they think will be an impact player along the lines of Chytil and Andersson.