On the draft, Jeff Gorton said (NYR):
- “I think, as we move forward, we addressed a lot of needs, some emphasis on size, we took a lot of Canadians, which, lately, it’s worked out that we have a lot of Europeans, it’s one of those years where it worked out with some players from North America.”
- “We definitely want to be harder to play against and identified some players that had that and some grit, size but some skill. A lot of those bigger players, we feel like there is some upside too, some skill. That is definitely a need we identified and think we’ve addressed.”
- “Any time we are moving up, the list has a big part to do with that, we are going after players that we think have slipped in the draft and we are going to go after then, we like them a little higher than what the spot was. It happened a lot, a couple of times we moved up to get people we thought were falling. Usually when you have a list and a draft, each team is going to sit here like I am and say that we got all of our guys in the top-50. Everyone’s list is different, it’s unique to each team but we are confident that we’ve identified players. We had a list that we went off of and felt comfortable moving in and out of spots to get the players we needed.”
With the 92nd pick, the Rangers chose Swedish center Oliver Tarnstrom.
He is 6-0, 165lbs.
Last season in Swedish juniors he scored 11 goals and 23 assists in 41 games.
He is the son of former NHL defenseman Dick Tarnstrom.
From the Rangers: “Tarnstrom, 18, skated in 41 games with AIK’s J20 team in SuperElit this past season, registering 11 goals and 23 assists for 34 points, along with a plus-eight rating and eight penalty minutes. Among all draft eligible players in SuperElit in 2019-20, he tied for sixth in assists and tied for seventh in points during the season. Tarnstrom led AIK’s J20 team in assists, ranked second in points, and ranked third in goals during the past season. He also skated in eight games with AIK in Allsvenskan in 2019-20, and he ranked fifth among draft eligible players in games played in Allsvenskan during the season.”
“The 6-1, 169-pounder has also skated in two games with AIK in Allsvenskan and two games with AIK’s J20 team in J20 Nationell to begin the 2020-21 season. A native of Stockholm, Sweden, Tarnstrom skated in three games with Sweden’s U18 team during the 2020 Five Nations Tournament. Tarnstrom’s father, Dick Tarnstrom, played parts of five seasons in the NHL.”
With the 103rd pick, the Rangers chose goalie Dylan Garand.
He was the sixth ranked goalie on Central Scouting’s North American goalie list.
Last season he was 28-10-2 in 42 games with a 2.21 GAA and .921 save percentage.
Sam Cosentino said on The NHL Network, “his story starts two-years ago as the Kamloops Blazers needed wins and plenty of them down the stretch, they got points in each of their last seven games and that got them into a one-game playoff with the Kelowna Rockets. It was Garand carrying the load there because their number one goalie got hurt, so as a 16-year old he’s thrown into the situation, they win the one-game playoff 5-1 before bowing out in the next round, but a huge accomplishment and he went into the offseason with the confidence like ‘hey guys, I can do this, I’m worthy of being the number one goalie.” He plays last season, 28-wins for Kamloops, a really good team, .921 save percentage before the pause shut things down. This guy loves hockey, he goes back to Victoria in the offseason, he wants a way to get better. Can’t really do a whole lot on the ice, so what does he do, gets a job at Costco and says he wants to buy one of those high-end bikes and that is how he is working out this offseason, he’s got his eye on the prize. A little on the smaller side for today’s standard of goaltenders, 6-1, 185 but a lot of drive and motivation with this young man.”
In the one-game playoff Cosentino mentions, Garand stopped 27 of 28 shots in the win.
From the Rangers: “Internationally, the Victoria, British Columbia native has represented Canada in several tournaments. Garand helped Canada earn a silver medal at the 2019 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, as he posted a 1.51 GAA in two appearances and earned one shutout. He also posted a 2-1-0 record, along with a 2.33 GAA and a .930 SV% in four appearances with Canada-Red at the 2018 World U17 Hockey Challenge.”
The Rangers acquired pick 127 from San Jose for picks 196 and 206.
At 127, the Rangers chose center Evan Vierling. He is 6-0, 167 and plays for the Barrie Colts in the OHL.
The Hockey News wrote, “trade from Flint energized him, led to a big second half. Needs to work on his shot.
He had 12 goals and 22 assists in 28 games for Barrie after the trade.
Adnan Virk said on the NHL Network that some people call Vierling a “poor mans Ryan-Nugent Hopkins”
McKeen’s listed him as a “Sleeper,” and wrote that he is a “well-rounded offensive pivot who controls the middle of the ice well. He competes hard along the wall for pucks and despite not possessing elite size or quickness, manages to prolong plays and create from nothing.”
He is a former second overall selection in the OHL Priority Draft.
At 134, the Rangers chose LW Brett Berard of the US National Program.
He is 5-9, 155 and Central Scouting says that he models his game after Brad Marchand.
The Hockey News lists his “best case” as Jesper Bratt and write “On one hand, Berard plays the game with no fear, and he goes to the net with reckless abandon. Scouts love that about him. On the other hand, he’s really small, and absorbing all that contact can wear down the players of his size. ‘He’s really competitive, probably too competitive for his own good, especially considering his body,’ said one scout. ‘I love the way he plays. He’s a guy who wants to win and wants to make a difference. He’s got a chance to be one of those fourth-line energy guys who actually makes a difference. If he doesn’t get killed first.”
He will play at Providence College and is one of the youngest players in the draft. (The Hockey News)
McKeen’s writes “However small he is, pound-for-pound he has as much skill and hockey sense as anyone. He is an exceptional stickhandler, patient with the puck and remarkably difficult to separate from the puck. His hand are soft and quick. He is active across all three zones and a high-end play driver….He loves to drive the net, and doesn’t rely on straight-line speed to do so, but cuts and changes his angle of approach to keep the defense and the goalie guessing.”
At 165, the Rangers picked center Matt Rempe.
Rempe is 6-7, 207 and plays for Seattle in the WHL.
Rempe told the Seattle Times that he now weighs 235 after adding 30 pounds due to weight training.
He had 12 goals and 19 assists in 47 games.
He is not ranked by any of the scouting services, including Central Scouting.
Rempe told the Seattle Times, “all the teams like my height because I can also skate very well and that he has gotten stronger and faster.
From the Rangers: “Rempe, 18, skated in 47 games with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this past season, registering 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points, along with 53 penalty minutes. He ranked 13th among WHL rookies in points and ranked seventh among WHL rookies in penalty minutes in 2019-20. Rempe also ranked sixth on Seattle (second among team rookies) in points this past season, and he ranked third on the team in power play goals (five) in 2019-20. Rempe also led the team in faceoffs taken (653) and ranked second on the team in faceoff wins (301) this past season.”
At 197, the Rangers picked goalie Hugo Ollas.
He is 6-7, 220 lbs.
From the Rangers: “Ollas, 18, appeared in 20 games with Linkoping’s junior (J20) team in SuperElit this past season, posting a 2.43 GAA. The 6-8, 238-pounder has also appeared in seven games with Linkoping’s junior team thus far in 2020-21, posting a 2.40 GAA. A native of Linkoping, Sweden, Ollas was named the Best Goaltender U18 goaltender in Sweden’s J18 league in 2018-19.”