New York Rangers 2015 NHL Draft Recap

iss_recapnyrangersWith the 2015 NHL Draft completed, International Scouting Services recaps and identifies key up and coming prospects. 

September 2, 2015 [Waterloo, ON] ISS Hockey recaps the top prospects drafted by New York Rangers in the 2015 NHL Draft, held on June 26-27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida:

Top Prospects Drafted by the New York Rangers in the 2015 NHL Draft

ISSOv.NamePosBirth DateHeightWeightTeamLeague
5041GROPP, RyanLW9/16/19966.02187SeattleWHL
5362KOVACS, RobinRW11/16/19966.00172AIK IFSweAl
14579ZBOROVSKIY, SergeyRD2/21/19976.03198ReginaWHL
10389SAARELA, AleksiC1/7/19975.10.5198AssatFinE
173113MORRISON, BradC1/4/19975.11.5154Prince GeorgeWHL
NA119BERNHARDT, DanielRW4/11/19966.02.5187DjurgardenSweE
G7184HUSKA, AdamG5/12/19976.03.25189Green BayUSHL
June 26-27, BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida

ISS Scouts have been tracking prospects eligible for the NHL Draft for years (typically from the age of fourteen), so they have unique knowledge of strengths, weaknesses and probabilities for success at the NHL level. ISS Hockey scouts identify prospects that have been chosen by the New York Rangers in past drafts and provide a brief summary of how these drafted players will influence the team:

Brady Skjei (ISS Ranked #26 in 2012, Overall drafted #28 in 2012 NHL Draft) – Recently signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Rangers following his junior season at the University of Minnesota. The 2012 1st round pick is a reliable two-way defender who can play in all situations. Expected to start the year with Hartford but should be with the Rangers before the season is over.

Dylan Mcilrath (ISS Ranked #31 in 2010, Overall drafted #10 in 2010 NHL Draft) – One of the toughest players in AHL the past several seasons. An intense blue liner that plays with an edge and relishes the physical game. McIlrath had six goals, 17 points and 165 penalty minutes in 73 games for Hartford in the American Hockey League last season.

J.T. Miller (ISS Ranked #17 in 2011, Overall drafted #15 in 2011 NHL Draft) – Miller has forced his way into more of the spotlight through determined play night in and night out. Established career-highs in games played (58), goals (10), assists (13), points (23). Expect his level of play and production to rise next year as he takes on a bigger role in the offense.

 

BEST VALUE PICK SINCE 2010:

Pavel Buchnevich (ISS Ranked #34 in 2013, Overall drafted #75 in 2013 NHL Draft) – Prototypical power forward that is still developing his offensive game. Bangs and chips in offensively plus has the ability to spot in on higher lines and special teams. Buchnevich’s combination of size and skill make him the Rangers’s best forward prospect. Buchnevich will return to the KHL for the 2015-16 season and spend at least one more season in Russia.

“The New York Rangers for the third year in a row, had no first-round pick. The Rangers had sent that 2015 first-round selection to Tampa Bay in the trade that brought Marty St. Louis to New York in March of 2014”, says ISS Hockey Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis. “Although not having a 1st round pick the Rangers filled some holes in their prospect pool by selecting solid two way forward Ryan Gropp in the 2nd round. Not afraid to go into tough areas to create plays. Excellent wrist shot. After that they added forward depth, selecting versatile winger Robin Kovacs, who possesses good speed and developing skill-set, two-way center Brad Morrison plus play making center Aleksi Saarela who was highly rated at the start of the season but struggled to put it altogether. Another good value pick has to be, Sergey Zborovskiy, big mobile shutdown d-men who should challenge for NHL job after some seasoning in the AHL.”

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