The Rangers are in the midst of a calculated rebuild that is based on stockpiling quality draft picks, and so far, the strategy is looking good. New York has had five first-round selections in the past two drafts and will have at least two – and up to four, depending on conditions – this summer. The first pick is No. 2 overall after the balls fell their way in the draft lottery. The Rangers have gone hard at centers and defensemen with their recent first-round picks, so they’re getting strong at the most important positions.
IMMEDIATE NEEDS: Since the plan is in place, the Rangers aren’t looking so much at instant upgrades as they are experience and growth from the next generation. To that end, giving meaningful minutes to youngsters such as Filip Chytil, Lias Andersson and Brett Howden...
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Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.