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The Rangers have the 15th pick in the 2021 NHL Draft

The Rangers have the 15th pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

The Rangers had the lowest odds to get the #1 pick at 1%. They were slated to pick at #16, but moved up one spot because Arizona’s pick was forfeited.

In prior years the Rangers have had the 15th pick:

  • 2011 : JT Miller.
  • 1991: Alexei Kovalev.
  • 1982: Chris Kontos.

The Draft will be held on July 23 and 24th.

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The Rangers have a 1% chance at #1 in tonight’s draft lottery

At tonight’s NHL Draft Lottery the Rangers have the 16th best odds, 1%, at getting the first overall pick.

The Rangers will either pick #1, #2 or  16th* overall.

The NHL will only hold drawings for the #1 and #2 picks as opposed to the three lottery drawings they have in prior years.

The Rangers won the second lottery drawing in 2019 and selected Kaapo Kakko and they won the first overall pick last year and selected Alexis Lafreniere.

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The Rangers will pick #1 overall in the 2020 Draft

6:17PM: The New York Rangers have won Phase Two of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery and will pick #1 overall.

LW Alexis Lafreniere is expected to be selected #1 overall.

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The Rangers had a 12.5% chance at picking #1, 25% chance of picking #10 and a 62.5% chance at picking #11.

Jeff Gorton spoke right after the drawing and said:

  • Does this soften the blow of losing to Carolina, “no question about that, anytime you can pick first, especially this year, it’s a special year we all know that. It was tough up in the bubble, those three games Carolina gave it to us pretty good but surely excited to have this happen tonight.”
  • What stands out about Lafreniere, “Along with the skills, his competitiveness. If you go back to the World Juniors and follow him in Rimouski, right away you can see he has the kind of talent that we are all looking for but he also drags everyone into battle with him and we are all looking for a player like that.”

Lafreniere spoke right after the drawing and said:

  • On his reaction on it being the Rangers, “Really good news, Rangers are an unreal team with really good players, a really nice city. It’s really good news and I’m really happy.”
  • On joining the Rangers, “it really is exciting, for sure. Like you said, Panarin is one of the best players in the league and Zibanejad, guys like that. For sure, they are a really good team and a lot of success in the next couple of years so, for sure, it’s pretty fun.”

The Rangers also own Carolina’s 1st Round Pick and that pick number will be determined by when and where Carolina finishes in the playoffs.

This will be the third time in the past four drafts where the Rangers have more than one selection in the first round. The Rangers were slated to have two selections in the first round last year but traded it back to Winnipeg in the deal for Jacob Trouba.

Adam Rotter: Well this certainly makes up for last week against Carolina. Lafreniere adds another dynamic player to the rebuild and joins Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, Kaapo Kakko, Filip Chytil, Adam Fox, Jacob Trouba and Igor Shesterkin in forming the likely long-term core.

There will be time to wonder about Panarin and Kreider already having the top two LW spots, time to wonder if they should engage Ottawa in trying to trade the pick for picks #3, #5 and more, whether they should keep the pick and select 6-4 center Quinton Byfield and what other moves may come as a domino effect, but those are all for another day. Right now the Rangers own #1 and have a massive asset that they can take in any direction they want. It will most likely be Lafreniere though and he and Kaapo Kakko will hopefully be skating and scoring circles around defensemen for many, many, many years to come.

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The options for the Rangers pick tonight

The Second Phase of the NHL’s Draft Lottery is tonight at 6PM and the Rangers will either be awarded the #1 overall pick, #10 or #11.

  • They can get the #1 pick by winning the draft lottery. Each team that lost in the qualifying round has an equal 12.5% chance at #1.
  • They can pick #10 if either Minnesota OR Winnipeg, who are below them in the standings, win the lottery. If either of those two teams win, they would jump to #1 and everyone else would move up a slot.
  • They would pick #11 if any of the teams above the Rangers, that lost in the qualifying round (Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Florida, Nashville, Toronto), win the lottery.

The losses in the qualifying round by Pittsburgh, Edmonton and Nashville allowed the Rangers to move up from what would have been the 14th pick.

The Rangers also own Carolina’s first round pick but that selection won’t be determined until Carolina’s season ends.

The Rangers are slated to have two picks in the first round, two in the third round, one in the 4th, 5th and 6th rounds, and three in the seventh round.

The Rangers second round pick was sent to Carolina earlier this season to complete the Adam Fox trade.

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Phase Two of the NHL Draft Lottery, where the Rangers have a 12.5% chance at #1, is Monday at 6

8/8/20 | Vancouver defeated Minnesota so the Rangers are now only able to select #1, #10 or #11 depending on who wins the lottery.

8/7/20 | 9:31PM: Chicago has defeated Edmonton so the Rangers pick will now be either #1, #9, #10 or #11. If Minnesota comes back to defeat Vancouver in their series than the Rangers will pick no later than 10. If Minnesota loses and either they or Winnipeg win the lottery than the Rangers will pick #10.
6:35PM: Montreal defeated Pittsburgh which should mean that the Rangers can pick either #1 or between 9 and 12 depending on other outcomes and who wins the lottery.

5:36PM: Arizona defeated Nashville.

8:58AM: Calgary defeated Winnipeg to move on to the playoffs.

8/6/20 | 10AM: The NHL has announced that Phase Two of the NHL Draft Lottery, which will award the #1 overall pick in this October’s draft will take place on Monday August 10th at 6PM.

The Rangers, along with every team that loses in the qualifying round, will have a 12.5% chance at getting #1.

From the NHL, “the seven teams not selected in Phase 2, in inverse order of their points percentages at the time of the pause in the regular season, will be assigned 2020 NHL Draft positions 9 through 15.”

The lowest the Rangers can pick though is 13th since the Flames and Jets are both below them in points percentage and those two teams are playing each other.

Adam Rotter: There are a lot of different scenarios but it really breaks down like this, the Rangers get #1 if they win the lottery and, if they don’t win the lottery, their pick is determined by how the teams in front of them do. If Montreal or Chicago or Arizona or Minnesota win their series then the lowest the Rangers can pick goes down from 13 by one. The loser or Calgary/Winnipeg will always be ahead of the Rangers unless the Rangers get #1. So while the Rangers couldn’t pull off an upset, it’s in their best interest to root for Montreal, Chicago, Arizona and Minnesota to all win. That said, Montreal winning would give the Penguins a chance at #1 and that wouldn’t be great, so it’s best to let the Montreal series play out as it will and root for Western Conference upsets.

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If the Rangers lose to Carolina then they will have a 12.5% chance at #1 overall

The NHL Draft Lottery has revealed that a team that loses in the qualifying round of the return to play plan will select #1 overall.

If the Rangers lose to Carolina they will be in the running to win the #1 overall pick in the Phase Two lottery draw.

Each of the eight teams that lose in the qualifying round will have a 12.5% chance at #1 overall.

Should the Rangers lose in the qualifying round and not win the Phase Two lottery drawing, they will pick between 9 and 15 in the inverse order of their regular season points percentage compared to the other teams that lost in the qualifying round. They are likely to pick #13th in this scenario if all of the higher seeds defeat the lower seeds.

The Rangers also hold the later of Carolina’s two first round picks, via the Brady Skjei trade, but can not get the #1 overall pick from it. If the Rangers beat Carolina and Columbus beats Toronto then the Rangers would be guaranteed a top-15 pick. If the Rangers beat Carolina and Toronto beats Columbus then the Rangers would get the pick that corresponds to when Toronto is knocked out of the playoffs.


If the NHL does not return to play then the Rangers, along with the seven other teams that would have missed the playoffs, would have a 12.5% chance at #1 overall. (TSN)


Adam Rotter: The best case scenario if the Rangers lose to Carolina is, obviously, to get the #1 overall pick and add Alexis Lafrenière to this group. The best case scenario if they win is for Columbus to beat Toronto so that they would be guaranteed a top-15 pick, still own their own pick and get a chance for this group to gain experience. It’s all pretty positive for the Rangers.