Rangers Invest In Future, Draft Seven Prospects

After wheeling and dealing all morning long, the New York Rangers have officially said farewell to Carl Hagelin and Cam Talbot—both of whom helped the Rangers earn the President’s Trophy this season—while welcoming Emerson Etem and seven new prospects.

Acquiring both Etem and the 41st-round pick from Anaheim in exchange for Hagelin was clearly a priority decision for Rangers’ Assistant GM Jeff Gorton, who later tweeted,”[Etem’s] an explosive skater and has a history of scoring… he’s a guy we’ve liked going back to his draft.”

With their pick, the Rangers selected Left-Winger Ryan Gropp of the Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL). In the 2014-15 season, the 18-year-old forward put up 58 points—30 goals and 28 assists—in 67 games played.

In another snap decision, the Rangers would acquire the 57th, 79th and 184th picks from Edmonton for backup goaltender Cam Talbot. But that’s not all Rangers’ GM Glen Sather and company had up their sleeves. They then exchanged the No. 57 pick for two more—No. 62 and No. 113—from the Washington Capitals.

To kick-off the third-round of the NHL Draft, the Rangers selected 62nd Right Winger Robin Kovacs from Sweden. In the 2014-15 season Kovacs netted 28 points—17 goals and 11 assists—in 52 games played. “I’m a big offensive player, love scoring, and try to make my teammates better,” Kovacs said in a tweet.

At No. 79, the Rangers selected Sergey Zborovskiy from the Regina Pats (WHL). The 18-year-old defensemen had an outstanding year for the Pats, finishing the 2014-15 season a +15; he also put up 19-points—3 goals and 16 assists—in 71 games played.

For the 89th pick, the Rangers selected center Aleski Saarela from the Ässät Hockey Club in Pori, Finland, where he netted 12 points—six goals and six assists—in his last 51 games.

With the 113th pick, the Rangers selected Brad Morrison of the Prince George Cougars (WHL). Morrison, who got his start with Cougars at just 16-years-old, went on to net 12 goals—the highest amongst the teams rookies. In the 2014-15 season, Morrison put up a total of 50 points—23 goals and 27 assists—in 67 games played.

The Rangers would go on to select Daniel Bernhardt of Sweden as a 119th pick and Goalie Adam Huska of the Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) as their 184th selection.

For more, check out Assistant General Manager Jeff Gorton’s reaction to the results of the NHL Draft.


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