1st Round Draft Targets

For this press release, we will assume the Rangers will not being trading their 1st round pick, even if there are rumors it could be moved. The Rangers will be selecting 9th and there will be a few players to keep an eye on as a potential target. Unless there is some kind of goalie run or some other oddity during the draft, it makes sense for the Rangers to replenish their blue line prospect pool. The Rangers donít believe that Derek Morris will fall to them at 9 so seeing Sami Salo go here would make a ton of sense for the Rangers. He would add some offensive punch to the blue line. If he and Morris are gone, expect the Rangers to nab the likes of Pavel Kubina or Tom Poti. If all four of those defensemen are off the board, that means a forward has fallen in the draft and the Rangers will have to take best available at that point. That means, if there is a run-on defenders, the Rangers could end up with Dainius Zubrus or JP Dumont. The Rangers are in a nice spot since they will be more than content with any of those six players.