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    Should The New York Rangers Trade Into The First Round?

    By Joe Fortunato

    Last year we spent a lot of time wondering whether or not the Rangers should move up in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Without a first or second round pick, the Rangers were stuck without a pick until 65th overall, then two more picks (75th and 80th) in the third round. Glen Sather and his crew (lead by Gordie Clark) then did something magical. They took Adam Tambellini with the 65th overall pick. Then they took Pavel Buchnevich with the 75th overall pick. Then they took Anthony Duclair with the 80th overall pick.

    At the time, it seemed like the Rangers got three very, very good players with their three third round picks. A year later, the Rangers took one player who probably wouldn't escape the top 20 teams if they drafted again this year (Duclair), one player who probably wouldn't get past the first 40 picks (Buchnevich) and a player who I'm not sure would have lasted until 65th in Tambellini.

    Basically, the Rangers did an amazing job considering they didn't have a first or a second round pick.

    This year, the Rangers are in a similar position. After trading their first round pick to Tampa Bay in exchange for Martin St. Louis, the Rangers are without a pick until the second round. And since the Rangers went so deep in the postseason, that pick is 59th overall. Just seven slots ahead of where they first started picking in 2013.
    http://www.blueshirtbanter.com/2014/...into-the-first

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    No need to move just for the sake of moving and wasting assets/later picks. They should play it by ear, if there's a prospect high on their draft board approaching their pick (or someone slipping) that they covet, then make a move on draft day to move up a few spots to nab him. Weak draft this year, after Dal Colle it's basically a crapshoot the rest of the way anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MJL80 View Post
    No need to move just for the sake of moving and wasting assets/later picks. They should play it by ear, if there's a prospect high on their draft board approaching their pick (or someone slipping) that they covet, then make a move on draft day to move up a few spots to nab him. Weak draft this year, after Dal Colle it's basically a crapshoot the rest of the way anyway.

    Very well said. Smart planning!

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    Just heard on ESPN, Michael Kay show, that Dorsett was sent to Vancouver for a 3rd rounder tonight. Not a fan of this move unless Sather had zero intention of resigning him.

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    I think a 3rd is decent value for DD. We may be trying to save a tiny bit of money on that 4th line with a kid? Or do we sign Carcillo?

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    These hockey picks are so often miss rather than hit I don't think the Rangers have a sense of urgency to move into the first round.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YankeeFanAlways View Post
    Just heard on ESPN, Michael Kay show, that Dorsett was sent to Vancouver for a 3rd rounder tonight. Not a fan of this move unless Sather had zero intention of resigning him.
    Either that, or perhaps we're stocking up on some picks (as of this morning, we only had 4 total draft picks) because a 1 or 2 are needed for another trade for a center later tonight. Rumor has it there's a 50/50 chance Spezza gets traded tonight, as much as I don't want that to happen, it seems like such a Sather move.

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