In a continuation of our Mock Drafts, the gents over at Total Pro Sports did their own Mock Draft, which you can view here. The great thing about these mock drafts is that every single mock draft is different. In this draft, Landon Ferraro moves up a few slots to the Rangers at #19. Ferraro was profiled here a few weeks ago, and TSP compares him to Geoff Sanderson in terms of playing style:
Quick speedy forward who isn’t afraid to get into the corners and play feisty when need be. Has become one of, if not the, best penalty killer in the WHL.
Quick and speedy is definitely what the Rangers need. The only downside to these quick and speedy guys is that they tend to be a bit undersized. However, as Marty St. Louis has taught us, undersized means nothing if you are strong on the puck. If he is only projecting out to be a speedy penalty kill guy, I think the Rangers should pass on him though. They don’t need another 3rd liner. They need someone who can put the puck in the net. He has shown offensive talent this year on a bad team (as mentioned in our BSB profile, link above), and it would be really interesting to see how he does with some talent alongside him.
Other interesting bits from this mock draft:
- Jordan Schroeder, who dropped relatively far in the TSN draft, projects out to #11 to Nashville.
- Scott Glennie, who moved up to #11 in TSN’s draft, drops a bit to #15 to Anaheim
- Drew Shore, who TSN had the Rangers drafting, drops one spot to #20 to Phoenix
June 27th will be an interesting day. I’m looking forward to it.
TSN has a nice wrap up of this year’s draft combine. A few points on the prospects I want the Rangers to draft:
3:24 pm et – Schenn came in and did the same thing as Tavares, skipping the upper-body exercises and leaving onlookers to speculate that he may have an upper-body/shoulder injury.
Landon Ferraro (#18) then followed suit, opting out of the bench press and push-ups.
I wouldn’t really look to deep into opting out of an exercise. It won’t really hurt his draft position.
10:42 am et – Jordan Schroeder, a top prospect at #5, did his wingate test and vomited once it was complete. He also completed 17 bench presses at 150 pounds, one of the best showings we’ve seen through two groups so far. Schroeder, who measured in at 5’8, seemed to enjoy the Combine experience.
“It’s a lot of fun,” Schroeder told TSN’s James Cybulski afterwards. “A little nervous at first but once you get going into the workout, it’s pretty intense. Everyone will say the bikes are definitely the hardest. You’re a little dizzy afterwards.”
Schroeder was even able to joke about his involuntarily physical response to the wingate, saying, “A little bit came up – I have to admit, a little bit came up.”
Schroeder’s stock has risen considerably since the piece I wrote on the draft. He won’t fall to the Rangers.
Brandon winger Scott Glennie (ranked #7) had a solid vertical, though his upper body strength was questionable, though that could very well be a reflection of his missing time this season with a broken elbow.
This may be helpful to the Rangers, as the poor performance could cause him to slip. However, I don’t think it will make him slide that much, considering the broken elbow.
I’ll still be happy with Ferraro if Glennie doesn’t fall to the Rangers, but Glennie, to me, is the prize of the mid first round. For more of my thoughts on Glennie, read the posts here and here.
With the Rangers bowing out in the first round, and being a 7 seed, it is a fair assumption that they will have a late teens pick, probably somewhere from 17-20. They won’t have a shot at the top picks, so naturally, you have to look a little deeper into the draft to see who might potentially fall to the to those picks.
As these playoffs have indicated, the NHL is shifting back to a speed and goal scoring game. Long gone are the clutch and grab teams that win Stanley Cups. Young, speedy teams with goal scoring ability up and down the lineup are the ones that are progressing through the playoffs. As the ISS Top 30 shows us, the projected first rounders are just that, speedy players with a natural goal scoring ability.
The Rangers have been plagued by ineffective first round picks, whether it is Hugh Jessiman, the only 2003 first rounder to never play in the NHL, or Al Montoya, who was passed on the Ranger depth chart by Mika Wiikman, and thus shipped to Phoenix, or Lauri Korpikoski, who has yet to show the Rangers why they traded up for him in 2004. In fact, the only first rounder to make a difference on the Rangers in the past decade is Marc Staal. Needless to say, the first round is crucial to the Rangers, as they need to rebuild their offensive depth after the tragic passing of Alexei Cherepanov.
Seeing the logjam at center, and the myriad of solid prospects on the blue line, the Rangers most glaring need will be a goal scoring winger with speed. Here are a few that are first round projections that the Rangers should take a flier on.
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