2021 NHL Draft

The order of the picks the Rangers have in next week’s draft

The NHL has announced the official selection order for next Friday’s Draft.

The Rangers have the following picks*

  • Round 1: 16
  • Round 3: 65 (from Buffalo for Jimmy Vesey), 80
  • Round 4: 104 (from LA for Brendan Lemieux, 106 (from Ottawa for Vlad Namestnikov), 112
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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 have a 1% chance at the #1 overall pick

The NHL has announced the NHL Draft Lottery odds for the June 2nd lottery drawing and the Rangers rank 16th with a 1.0% chance at the #1 overall pick.

The Rangers will either pick #1 overall, #2 overall, or 15th* overall.

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What to expect from the Rangers with Free Agency Opening

1:01PM: The Rangers have re-signed Brandon Crawley.

11:48AM: Officially the Rangers UFAs are: Matt Beleskey, J-F Berube, Jesper Fast, Steven Fogarty, Micheal Haley, Nicklas Jensen, Greg McKegg, Nick Ebert, Vinni Lettieri, Boo Nieves, Danny O’Regan, Ryan Gropp, Dawson Leedahl.

Officially, the Rangers RFAs are: “Brandon Crawley, Tony DeAngelo, Phillip Di Giuseppe, Gabriel Fontaine, Alexandar Georgiev, Brendan Lemieux, Darren Raddysh, Ryan Strome.”

8:43AM: Free Agency begins at 12PM today and the following Rangers are slated to become Unrestricted Free Agents:

  • Jesper Fast, Greg McKegg, Micheal Haley
  • Minor leaguers: Matt Beleskey, Steven Fogarty, Boo Nieves, Vinni Lettieri, Danny O’Regan, Ryan Gropp, Dawson Leedahl

The Rangers have just over $23 million in cap space, according to Cap Friendly, but due to them being over the  performance bonus limit* the number is likely closer to somewhere between $17 million and $20 million depending on roster construction. (NY Post, Frank Seravalli)

When asked after the draft about Jesper Fast’s status, Jeff Gorton said “that is probably a better question for Kurt Overhardt and Jesper at this point, they probably know better whether he is going to market. At this point, we are so close, it’s hard to think that it’s probably not going to at least see what is out there and we will see what happens with the Rangers after that.” (NYR)

It was reported last weekend that the Rangers and Fast have not had any contract talks.

When asked about being active when Free Agency opens, Gorton said “certainly we will be looking to see what will happen. We have some players that we’ve identified could help us. We will talk to those people at the right time and go from there, I don’t know one way or the other. I don’t think it will be like last year, that is for sure. We’ll see.”

Tony DeAngelo, Ryan Strome, Brendan Lemieux, Alex Georgiev and Phil Di Giuseppe are all RFAs with arbitration rights.

Henrik Lundqvist is expected to sign with the Capitals.

*Performance bonuses for a team can not exceed 7.5% of the salary cap ($6,112,500). The Rangers, right now, according to Cap Friendly have $7,212,500 in potential performance bonuses. This does not include the likely $2.85 million in potential bonuses for Alexis Lafreniere, $850,000 for Morgan Barron, $500,000 for Vitali Kravtsov or $300,000 for K’Andre Miller.

Adam Rotter: Unlike last year’s free agency opening, which landed Artemi Panarin, the expectation is that the Rangers will be nibbling around the edges, looking for depth players and won’t be involved with any of the big fish like Taylor Hall, Alex Pietrangelo or Torey Krug. The Rangers have a need on the left side of their defense but Jeff Gorton said that the coaching staff has been discussing moving Tony DeAngelo or Adam Fox to the left side. Still, the expectation is that the Rangers will add a veteran left shot defenseman, if not two of them. Center remains more of a long-term issue, especially if Ryan Strome ends up staying, but it’s an area the Rangers are still expected to pursue. With the goal of being both physically tougher and tougher to play against, there has been talk for a while linking the Islanders Matt Martin to the Rangers, but Larry Brooks says that the Rangers aren’t expected “to be in the hunt.”  Unlike most years when things tend to quiet down after the first couple of days in July, many around the league believe that with so many teams trying to move money that things will stay active for a while, if not until right before training camps begin.

Jesper Fast likely won’t return and, if they can clear the space, could join Henrik Lundqvist in Washington. Fast is going to draw a lot of interest from around the league. Michael Grabner was bought out by Arizona and his return would soften losing Fast, a little, especially on the PK.

The performance bonus thing is a real issue for the Rangers and will limit what they can do outside of signing their RFAs. If the Rangers have every player with potential performances on their roster on opening night then they will need to have  $5.6 million to cover that. Essentially all of the money the Rangers saved by moving Marc Staal to Detroit would go toward covering the bonus money to make sure the Rangers stay under the cap. It’s why there is still a question of whether Ryan Strome will be with the Rangers and there has been so much talk about what he could get in arbitration. Strome, and Tony DeAngelo, could still be moved, some around the league think that Pavel Buchnevich is drawing interest and could be moved. It’s going to be a very interesting offseason not just for the Rangers but the whole league.

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The rest of the Rangers picks on Day 2

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.”