2021 Rangers Offseason Jayden Grubbe

Rangers select Jayden Grubbe at #65

The Rangers have selected center Jayden Grubbe at #65.

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Dave Reid said on the NHL Network “he played and got injured and had to have his ACL replaced. He’s 6-2, 200lbs and plays in Red Deer. He was named captain at 17-years old. Extremely strong in the faceoff position, 57% in his rookie year. He’s excellent at both ends of the ice and at 6-2, 200lbs, conditioning is something, at 17-years old, he will have to continue to work on, but I like this pick. A little bit risky sometimes when a young guy guys an ACL replacement but the Rangers aren’t worried about it.”

McKeens writes “Coming into the 2021 NHL Draft season, Grubbe was one of the highly regarded forwards coming out of the WHL. However, a torn ACL and subsequent surgery limited him to only five games this season. Already the captain in Red Deer (which is impressive), Grubbe is your prototypical power center who can impact the game at both ends with skill and physicality. The concern is that Grubbe already needed to make improvements to his stide and overall skating power. Given the nature of his knee injury, will his skating have the opportunity to improve the way it needs to?”

From the Rangers, “Grubbe, 18, skated in five games with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this past season, registering one goal and two assists for three points, along with nine penalty minutes. The 6-2, 200-pounder recorded 29 points (six goals, 23 assists) in 57 games in his rookie season in the WHL in 2019-20. Grubbe served as Red Deer’s captain this past season. Internationally, the Calgary, Alberta native recorded three points (two goals, one assist) in five games with Canada-Black at the 2019 World U17 Hockey Challenge.”