With an impressive 12 correct selections for the Vegas Golden Knights, Alex has won the contest. E-mail me your address at email@example.com and I will send your prize package over.
The rest of you will be relieved to know that this was the last contest I will run. Excuse me for trying to do something fun and/or nice.
Entry draft is tonight. With all of the excitement surrounding the expansion draft, related trades, and shopping Derek Stepan, I haven’t been able to dive into the prospects as closely as I normally like to do. That being said, it will be an interesting draft to watch because there are some potentially higher rated players that may slide, like Timothy Liljegren. The most common names for the Rangers I’ve seen in mock drafts are Erik Brannstrom, Ryan Poehling, and Kailer Yamamoto. I definitely prefer one of Yamamoto or Brannstrom over the lower-ceiling Poehling, but I admit that Poehling checks a lot of Rangers draft history boxes (NCAA, strong center, responsible two-way game). Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see us try and trade down for multiple picks in the second round or trade up if a guy like Liljegren starts to slide. In any event, given the dearth of high end talent in our prospect pool, they should be drafting the best available prospects regardless of position or perceived organizational need.
I should also probably mention Cal Foote, who I know a lot of people around here have mentioned as a preferred selection. First, let’s get this out of the way: he isn’t his father. He will be a pretty good player, but he won’t be the defensive anchor that Adam was. He will be a solid second pairing defenseman. I think he’s an OK pick if other higher ceiling prospects are taken before we get to him.