The NHL Draft officially starts on 10/6

The NHL has officially announced that the 2020 NHL Draft will begin on Tuesday October 6 at 7PM. Rounds 2-7 will take place on 10/7, beginning at 11:30AM. The Rangers own the #1 and #22 in the First Round and have two picks in the Third Round, one each in rounds 4, 5, 6 and three in the Seventh Round. The draft will be held virtually. The NHL also announced…

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The Rangers will have the 22nd Pick

9/5/20 | With the Islanders defeating the Flyers, the Rangers will pick at #22. 9/4/20 | Vegas defeated Vancouver, so the Rangers will pick either #22 or #23. With Dallas beating Colorado, the first round pick the Rangers acquired from Carolina for Brady Skjei won’t be lower than #23. If Vancouver beats Vegas in Game 7 tonight OR the Islanders beat the Flyers in Game 7 tomorrow, the Rangers pick…

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Carolina eliminated from playoffs, Rangers pick won’t be worse than 24th

The Boston Bruins eliminated the Carolina Hurricanes from the 2020 playoffs and the 1st round pick that Carolina sent the Rangers in the Brady Skjei trade won’t be lower than 24th overall. The exact pick won’t be finalized until after the second round of the playoffs and the teams advancing to the Conference Finals have been determined. NHL.com explains the draft order for playoff teams as, “non-division winning teams eliminated…

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Ottawa says they won’t be trading #3 and #5 to try for #1

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyck said that the idea of the Sens trading #3 and #5 for the #1 overall from the Rangers is “nonsensical.” (Ottawa Sun) There has been speculation since the Rangers won the #1 overall pick last week that teams may try to trade for it and allow the Rangers to move back and select a center. Bruce Garrioch does write that there is an expectation that…

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The idea of the Rangers trading #1 overall

Since getting the #1 overall pick on Monday, both Jeff Gorton and John Davidson have been asked about whether the Rangers would keep the pick and likely select Alexis Lafreniere or potentially trade the pick and move down to select a center. Davidson said on ESPN Radio that “I would think, when you look at something like this, you make the pick but you can’t sit here today and say…

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What John Davidson said on Tuesday about #1, the Carolina series and Henrik Lundqvist

7:30PM: On MSG, John Davidson said: Is Lafreniere a lock or will you listen to offers, “We just got it yesterday and as Jeff Gorton said, we’ve done a multitude of zooms with kids eligible for the draft, he’s an exceptional hockey player, for a young man he has exceptional leadership value. There is a package there that is pretty complete but it’s our job to look through the whole…

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