A draft analysis of our newly drafted rangers from a website I found
Joey Bones' Draft Analysis - "Fallen Talent"
Fallen talent was the trend for NYR at the draft in Buffalo. Gordie Clark and Co. have be known in recent years to find gems that tend to drop during the draft. This year, the Rangers indulged into exactly the same strategy and snagged two fallen 1st round talents in the later rounds. Without further ado, here's my analysis of the Rangers 2016 draft class....
D: Sean Day (3rd Round: 81st Overall/CAN) - Day is one magnificent skater. One of the few players elected with the "exceptional status" tag in Canadian Juniors, Day's speed on the backend is amazing to watch, along with a 5-star hockey IQ and offensive sense. Makes slick and crisp passes to his forwards while also possessing a lethal wrist shot from the point. He isn't shy from physical play and will lay the body. The issue with him is drive and off-ice problems. Seems at times to lazily make a play, which would ultimately bite his team in the butt. Negative weight gain also impacted his play and ultimately had him drop into Broadway Blue's lap. According to his interview, those "problems" are over and he is focused on becoming the "exceptional" player he was originally considered. If put together, the Rangers got a steal here. Either way you split it, Day will be an NHL player at some point.
Upside: Top Pair, Elite Defender
Downside: Bottom 6 Defender
NHL Comparable: Duncan Keith
D: Tarmo Reunanen (4th Round: 98th Overall/FIN) - An offensive minded defender who has world class hockey IQ, puck skills and offensive prowess. Is very good at the transition game, as well, as he isn't a liability on defense and won't shy away from physical play (although needing to bulk up some). Has a very steady hand and mind while playing. Nine times out of ten, he will make the smart play over a stupid one. Had an injury riddled season this year with limited viewings by many, which ultimately stunted his original 1st round bid. It is no secret that when healthy, Reunanen is a solid defending product and prospect.
Upside: Top 4, Two-Way Defender
Downside: Plug-In PP QB/Depth
NHL Comparable: Jared Spurgeon
LW/RW: Tim Gettinger (5th Round: 141st Overall/USA) - A big winger listing around 6'5"/200lbs., Gettinger is a project pick. Has great hands and power to get to the dirty areas of the net and score. Is a pure goal scorer and has a blistering wrister, snapper and slapper. Won't hesitate to drop the gloves, but very rarely does. Hockey IQ isn't that great and speed isn't so much a factor, however, he has an average speed for a big guy. Won't drive the physical play, but won't shy away from a hit, either. Could be a very intriguing power forward in the NHL, but needs the time to grow into his body.
Upside: Top 9 Power Forward
NHL Comparable: Taylor Pyatt
C: Gabriel Fontaine (6th Round: 171st Overall/CAN) - Overage centerman who carried a lot of the workload for the QMJHL's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies this year. A pure center, Fontaine has the talent for a complete game in the NHL. Good two-way player, can pot goals, play make and can be reliable for predominate PK duties. Drives to the net hard and is always in front chipping in dirty goals. He is a pest to play against and is very physical. Will come at you like a freight train and lay huge, yet clean, blows to the opposition. When the play is over, he sure will find an opponent to chirp to. Has fan favorite potential and could be a reliable grinder for a cup winning team. Could work on skating, as it's above average.
Upside: Top 9, Shut Down Center
Downside: 4th Line Grinder/Depth
NHL Comparable: Nate Thompson
G: Tyler Wall (6th Round: 174th Overall/CAN) - The prospect I know the least about, is added to the ever so voluptuous goaltending cupboard for the Rangers. Supposedly plays deep in his net and had good stats to go along with an outstanding season for him. UMass-Lowell commit in the NHL expansion season, will probably play in the BCHL or USHL next season. Benny gets his annual project.
NHL Comparable: N/A
* Would rather be fair and not give speculative info on a prospect I've never seen.
LW/RW: Ty Ronning (7th Round: 201st Overall/CAN) - Although undersized at 5'8", he surely doesn't play like it. Has the overall skill to make the players around him better. Is shifty and won't be scuffed out of a play. Compete level is high and strive for the game is high. Another highly rated prospect that fell due to his size and roster spot on the failing Vancouver Giants organization. Knows his role and will thrive at it. This kid wasn't drafted so much of NHL bloodlines, but because he can flat out play.
Upside: Top 6 Skilled Winger
NHL Comparable: Tyler Johnson
Overall Grade: B
The scouting staff has once again found some good prospects fallen into the later rounds, making the trades of sending out 1st and 2nd round picks easier to swallow. They also added some puck-moving defenders and filled in some needs at forward. While the Rangers did find some nice, new, shiny toys, they are still without any true and safe pick to become a game changer for the club in the near future. Although Sean Day has that potential, it remains to be seen for the time being. The Rangers would be better off not trading their top picks if they would ultimately like to get younger and faster in a quick manner.
It was a fun draft year NYR fans, hope this info could help get some sort of idea of the newcomers the Rangers have to offer. Here's to the 2016 class.... and say hello to the 2017 draft!!!
Not bad considering where we were drafting from again. Will be an interesting week leading up to the July 1st free agency frenzy and hoping Gorton makes a few moves to start the ranger retool that is necessary going forward. Hopefully he can find a way to dump girardi or staal on someone