With a new coach on board, the next order of business this offseason will be the NHL Draft, coming up on June 30th. The Rangers don’t have first or second round choices thanks to trades for Rick Nash and Ryane Clowe, but they do have three third round picks. The good news is that the 2013 draft is considered extremely deep, but by the third round there won’t be any sure things. Here’s a look at three guys that could interest the Rangers, but are definitely high-risk, high reward players.
- Keaton Thompson
Position: D Height: 6-0 Weight: 187
Thompson is one of the youngest players in this year’s draft – in fact, he’s only two days away from being ineligible and having to wait another year. He doesn’t excel in any one area, but he’s a solid all-around player and plays a pretty smart game for his age. Thompson’s greatest strength is his skating; a must-have for Rangers defensive prospects over the last few years. Thompson is adept at moving the puck out of his own end and shows poise with it, but he’s also demonstrated some greater offensive potential. Thompson is good positionally in his own end and uses his quick stick effectively. He is not a very aggressive player and has drawn criticism for his hesitancy to clear the front of the net. Read more »