The Rangers have selected center Ryder Korczak at #75. They traded #80 and #176 to Washington to move up.
- TSN: 75
- The Hockey News: 40
- McKeens: 39
- Corey Pronman (The Athletic): 64
- Scott Wheeler (The Athletic): 57
- The Athletic: 62
He is 5-11, 175 and had 3 goals and 13 assists in 17 games last season for Moose Jaw in the WHL.
The Hockey News lists his best case as Filip Chytil.
McKeens wrote that:
- he is a “talented playmaker” that is “at his best working the half wall area, and despite his lack of size (5’10, 160lbs), consistently shows an ability to prolong possession in the offensive zone by working the cycle with his quick feet and hands.
- He is a very precise passer who always keeps his head up and on a swivel in the offensive zone and rarely makes a poor decision with the puck in the offensive zone.
- More quick and shifty than explosive, Korczak can also be an impact player in transition due to his agility and puck control abilities. This allows him to consistently gain the offensive zone with ease.
- Where Korczak tends to struggle is the middle of the ice. He can be swallowed up and forced off the puck when he attempts to fight through checks in the slot area. As such, even when operating in transition, he tends to stick to the perimeter. Korczak is also a pass first player to a fault at times and will need to find greater confidence in his shooting ability to add more of an element of unpredictability to his game.
- That said, those weaknesses could certainly improve as he builds up strength and matures physically. Given his high IQ and vision, he does have a projection as a top six forward, if his development goes according to plan.”
The Hockey News writes “In Korczak, scouts see a savvy operator who is capable on the PP but struggles when games get tight and when he has to penetrate scoring areas for chances. That might come with experience and maturity, but it will have to come if he’s going to excel at a higher level. One scouts said “it’s easier to produce from the outside in junior than in the NHL. That’s something he’s going to have to learn to do, and as a guy with his size he’s going to have to learn to do it in a more difficult manner or a more complex manner. He’s really good on the PP and really good if you give him space, but he doesn’t earn a lot of space, and if you take it away from him he still hasn’t reached the point where he would help create it.”
From the Rangers, “Korczak, 18, skated in 17 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this past season, registering three goals and 13 assists for 16 points, along with four penalty minutes. He led Moose Jaw in assists and tied for fourth on the team in points in 2020-21. The 5-11, 174-pounder has skated in 132 career WHL games over parts of four seasons (2017-18 – 2020-21), registering 29 goals and 69 assists for 98 points, along with 36 penalty minutes. The Yorkton, Saskatchewan native established WHL career-highs with 18 goals, 49 assists, and 67 points with Moose Jaw in 2019-20. Korczak has served as one of Moose Jaw’s alternate captains in each of the last two seasons.”