For the second straight season (they won’t have one next year either), the Rangers will not have a first round pick when the NHL Draft begins Friday night at 7pm in Philadelphia.
Rounds 2-7 will be held on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.
The Rangers lost their first round pick as part of the Martin St. Louis trade once they defeated the Penguins to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
The Rangers will have just four picks during the two day, seven round draft. Here’s why…
Round 1 – Traded to the Lighting along with Ryan Callahan and a 2015 first round pick for Martin St. Louis.
Round 2 – Will pick 59th overall. According to Pat Leonard at the Daily News, this pick would have gone to San Jose if Rangers had re-signed Ryane Clowe (04/02/13). It also could have gone to Tampa as part of St. Louis trade if the Rangers didn’t advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Round 3 – Will pick 89th overall.
Round 4 – Will pick 119th overall.
Round 5 – Obtained 122nd overall pick from Florida for prospect Casey Wellman’s rights on July 20, 2012.
Traded 149th overall pick to San Jose as part of the Clowe trade when Rangers didn’t re-sign him.
Round 6 – Traded to San Jose along with Tommy Grant for Brandon Mashinter on January 16, 2013.
…just when I was finally starting to get over the Rangers loss in the Stanley Cup Final, I have to be reminded of Mashinter?!?!?! FML.
Round 7 – Traded to the Kings for Dan Carcillo on January 4, 2014.
…while it sucks that the Rangers again won’t have a first round pick, if you remember, the Rangers didn’t have a first or second last season and were still able to come away with an impact player in Anthony Duclair, so don’t get too crazy about it. Plus would you rather the Rangers still had their first round pick instead of advancing to the Stanley Cup Final? I didn’t think so.
…Gordie Clark does an amazing job with draft prep and is more than capable of finding some diamonds in the rough. Recent late round picks that have potential for the Rangers include Jesper Fast (6th – 2010), Steven Fogarty (3rd – 2011), Samuel Noreau (5th – 2011), Calle Andersson (4th – 2012), Duclair (3rd – 2013) and Mackenzie Skapski (6th – 2013).