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.