Thursday, June 23, 2011

A Look At The Rangers First Round Picks Since 1994


I think it's safe to say that over the past decade and a half the Rangers draft success with their first round picks has been pretty bad [that's putting it nicely]. Here are the New York Rangers first round picks in each NHL Entry Draft since the 1994 Draft. Especially the disaster in 2003, one of the most talented draft classes in recent years and the Rangers managed to select Hugh Jessiman. The picks after 2007 can hopefully continue to show progress.

Below are the picks that were made and players that the Rangers passed on who were later selected in the first round. I only listed the players who were passed on before 2007, because it's too early to make determinations on those draft years just yet.

1994 #26 Overall - Dan Cloutier [G]

1996 #22 Overall - Jeff Brown [D] passed on Daniel Briere

1997 #19 Overall - Stefan Cherneski [RW] passed on Brenden Morrow

1998 #7 Overall - Manny Malhotra [C] passed on Scott Gomez, Simon Gagne, Alex Tanguay & Nik Antropov

1999 #4 Overall - Pavel Brendl [RW] passed on Tim Connolly, Martin Havlat & Nick Boynton

1999 #9 Overall - Jamie Lundmark [C] passed on Martin Havlat & Nick Boynton

2001 #10 Overall - Dan Blackburn [G] passed on Ales Hemsky & R.J. Umberger

2003 #12 Overall - Hugh Jessiman [RW] passed on Patrick Eaves, Mike Richards, Ryan Kesler, Dustin Brown, Brent Seabrook, Steve Bernier, Zach Parise, Brent Burns & Ryan Getzlef

2004 #6 Overall - Al Montoya [G] passed on Mike Green, Andrej Meszaros, Travis Zajac, Cory Schneider & Alexander Radulov

2004 #19 Overall - Lauri Korpikoski [LW] passed on Mike Green, Andrej Meszaros, Travis Zajac & Cory Schneider

2005 #12 Overall - Marc Staal* [D]

2006 #21 Overall - Bob Sanguinetti [D] passed on Claude Giroux, Semyon Varlamov and Nick Foligno

2007 #17 Overall - Alexei Cherepanov RIP [RW]

2008 #20 Overall - Michael Del Zotto* [D]

2009 #19 Overall - Chris Kreider* [C]

2010 #10 Overall - Dylan McIlrath* [D]

* Player still NY Rangers property

Originally posted June 2009 prior to the 2009 NHL Entry Draft with last two draft picks updated

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