2021 Rangers Offseason

The Rangers 5th and 7th round picks

At 144, the Rangers selected Jaroslav Chmelar a RW from the Czech Republic.

He is 6-4, 198, and played last season in the Finnish Junior league.

He was ranked 100th on Central Scouting’s list of European players.


Chmelar had 5 goals and 8 assists in 13 games.

He had 1 goal and 1 assist in five games for the Czech Republic at the U18s.

From the Rangers, “Chmelar, 18, skated in 15 games with Jokerit’s U18 team in U18 SM-sarja in Finland this past season, registering five goals and eight assists for 13 points, along with eight penalty minutes. The 6-4, 198-pounder joined Jokerit’s organization for the 2020-21 season after playing with Kiekko-Vantaa’s organization in Finland during the 2019-20 season. Chmelar tallied 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 42 games with Kiekko-Vantaa’s U18 team in 2019-20. Internationally, the Nove Mesto nad Metuji, Czech Republic native recorded two points (one goal, one assist) and a plus-three rating in five games while representing his country at the 2021 IIHF U18 World Championship.”

At 208, the Rangers chose defenseman American Hank Kempf.

He is 6-2, 190 and played in the USHL. He will play at Cornell this season.

He is ranked 190th by McKeens.

McKeens writes, “A well-built all-situations defender, Kempf somehow stood out more in his second year of eligibility than he did his first time around, despite missing over half of the season to injury. From what I have seen, the difference this year is that the Cornell commit grew more comfortable playing aggressively in his own zone. He is a decent puck mover, but really starts to pop when the opponent has the puck. He was one of the best in the USHL at winning puck battles, and he can lock opposing forwards in place if they try to attack his side.”

From the Rangers, “Kempf, 19, skated in 26 games with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League (USHL) this past season, registering four goals and six assists for 10 points, along with a plus-five rating and 27 penalty minutes. He established a USHL career-high in goals in 2020-21, and he served as one of Muskegon’s alternate captains during the season. The 6-2, 191-pounder played parts of the last three seasons in the USHL (2018-19 – 2020-21), all with Muskegon, registering 28 points (four goals, 24 assists) and a plus-21 rating in 81 games. Kempf was named to the USHL All-Academic Team and the USHL All-Rookie Second Team in 2019-20. Internationally, the Chicago, Illinois native represented the United States at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup.”