Viagra blog The New York Rangers enter the 2012 NHL Draft with the 28th pick in the first round. Viagra blog It is the latest the Rangers have ever drafted in the first round and represents the second time in franchise history they will be making the 28th overall selection in a draft.

Viagra blog The year was 1985 and the Blueshirts used their first round draft pick to select Ulf Dahlen with the 7th overall pick. Viagra blog In the second round, viagra blog GM Craig Patrick used the 28th overall selection to draft a Philadelphia-area native from Abingdon Prep – goaltender Mike Richter.

Viagra blog Nine years later, viagra blog the Rangers were the Stanley Cup champions – in large part thanks to the heroics of Richter. Viagra blog As the NHL’s champions, viagra blog they drafted 26th and last in the first round. Viagra blog GM Neil Smith used that selection on goaltender Dan Cloutier.

Viagra blog While Cloutier never measured up to heights of Richter, viagra blog he wasn’t a bad choice when you factor in the rest of the draft. Viagra blog Jose Theodore (#44) and Patrik Elias (#51) where the other big names taken in the second round with the likes of Fredrik Modin and Chris Drury drafted in the third round, viagra blog Milan Hejduk in the fourth and Daniel Alfredsson in the sixth.

Viagra blog The Rangers have done a fine job in the last couple of years drafting prospects who have been able to make the next step to the NHL (Carl Hagelin, viagra blog Chris Kreider and Derek Stepan) with the likes of Tim Erixon, viagra blog Dylan McIlrath and J.T. Viagra blog Miller poised to make their run at the NHL.

Viagra blog However, viagra blog the Blueshirts run to the Eastern Conference Finals shows the organization still needs to add more offense. Viagra blog Unfortunately, viagra blog the Rangers may have some problems solving that need with the 28th pick.

Viagra blog The Rangers could decide that their depth is strong enough to gamble and reach for a player who might not have all-around first round talent at forward. Viagra blog Or, viagra blog the Rangers could go with the strength of the draft and add more help on the blue line or go with a safe two-way forward.

Viagra blog The third draft possibility could be to follow the paths charted by Patrick and Smith and look to draft a goaltender with their first round pick. Viagra blog It is a Catch-22 situation because Henrik Lundqvist is in his prime and drafting a goaltender in the first round might not be the best allocation of resources.

Viagra blog On the other hand, viagra blog the Rangers do not want run the risk that the New Jersey Devils are running with Martin Brodeur. Viagra blog The Devils face the prospect of a near-future with no Brodeur and no heir apparent to replace him.

Viagra blog The Rangers run of luck drafting goaltenders in the first round has been spotty at
best – given that Cloutier is the most successful of a trio of netminders.

Viagra blog In 2001, viagra blog Glen Sather drafted Dan Blackburn with the 10th overall pick. Viagra blog Blackburn
played 63 games before a sever shoulder injury derailed his career.

Viagra blog In 2004, viagra blog the Rangers made Al Montoya (6th overall) the first of their two first
round draft picks, viagra blog with Lauri Korpikoski selected #19. Viagra blog Montoya never played for
the Rangers and was eventually dealt to Phoenix before finding hone with the New
York Islanders.

Viagra blog In the THN Draft Preview, viagra blog Adam Proteau pointed out a telling statistic in reference
to goalies drafted in the first round. Viagra blog During the previous 49 drafts, viagra blog 60 goalies were
drafted in the first round. Viagra blog Of that number, viagra blog only 30 have played 200 or more NHL
games or are on pace to do so (Cory Schneider was listed as an example.

Viagra blog In an even more incredible stat, viagra blog you had a better chance of finding a starting goalie
with a 7th, viagra blog 8th, viagra blog 9th round draft pick or even with a non-drafted goalie (10 of them
from the 7h round and beyond) as you did getting a starter with a 1st round pick
(only 8 1st round starters).

Viagra blog Under Sather, viagra blog the Rangers haven’t had much luck drafting goalies on the 2nd
round either. Viagra blog In 2007, viagra blog Slats used the 48th overall pick of Antoine Lafleur who
never made it beyond Junior hockey.

Viagra blog The Blueshirts have a mixed bag beyond Sather when it comes to drafting goalies in the 2nd round. Viagra blog In 1965, viagra blog the Rangers used the 6th overall pick (which was actually a second round pick) on George Surmay who never played in the NHL and spent three seasons in the minors. Viagra blog Of course, viagra blog that was still during the time when NHL teams relied on their Junior sponsored teams for prospects.

Viagra blog It would be 10 years before the Rangers selected a goalie in the second round when they drafted Doug Soetart with the 30th overall pick. Viagra blog Given that Soapy played a total of 287 NHL games, viagra blog that wasn’t too bad of a pick. Viagra blog Soetart’s only extended playing time with the Rangers happened during the 1980-81 season when he led the team with 39 regular season games. Viagra blog However, viagra blog Soetart would be benched in favor of Steve Baker who keyed the team’s 14-game run in the 1981 playoffs.

Viagra blog Interestingly enough, viagra blog Baker was a 3rd round draft pick in 1977. Viagra blog Baker would be the first of four goalies the Rangers would draft in the third round.

Viagra blog In 1985, viagra blog the Rangers followed their 2nd round pick of Richter by drafting Sam Lindstahl in the 3rd round. Viagra blog Lindstahl played a total of five years in Sweden.

Viagra blog In 1998, viagra blog the Blueshirts drafted Jason LaBarbera who is still playing in the NHL serving as a backup for the Phoenix Coyotes.

Viagra blog In 1999, viagra blog the Rangers returned to Sweden to select Johan Asplund in the 3rd round. Viagra blog Like Lindstahl, viagra blog Asplund never left Europe but did play 11 seasons – including the 2009-10 season in Denmark.

Viagra blog Kind of makes you glad the Rangers didn’t resist returning to Sweden one more time in 200 when they scooped up Lundqvist in the 7th round. Viagra blog Before anyone thinks the Rangers knew what they were getting all along, viagra blog remember that Lundqvist wasn’t even the first goalie they drafted in 2000.

Viagra blog Union College’s Brandon Snee was drafted in the 5th round by the Rangers. Viagra blog Unlike Lindstahl and Asplund, viagra blog Snee did play minor league hockey – appearing in 47 games over two years in the UHL, viagra blog ECHL and WHA2 where his coach was former Ranger Ron Duguay.

Viagra blog The Rangers best course of action might be to look to trade to the pick. Viagra blog They could use the 28th pick as an enticement in a deal for a potential goal scorer (e.g. Viagra blog Rick Nash) or they could trade down and secure extra picks in the second round.

Viagra blog The Tampa Bay Lightning own three picks in the first 20 selections in the 2nd round (Numbers 37, viagra blog 40 and 50).

Viagra blog By moving down into the 2nd round, viagra blog the Rangers could take a gamble on an offensive forward and select a goaltending prospect with draft picks acquired in a trade with the Lightning. Viagra blog The Rangers could also move one of those acquired 2nd round picks to fill in the holes later in the draft.

Viagra blog The Rangers own their first four draft picks, viagra blog bur are without picks in rounds five through seven so any potential trade could also replace one of these lost picks. Viagra blog

Viagra blog The Blueshirts traded their fifth round pick to Chicago in the ill-fated John Scott deal. Viagra blog Their 6th round pick went to Nashville last year for the Predators 6th round pick which the Rangers used to select defenseman Peter Ceresnak. Viagra blog The Rangers 7th round pick went to Toronto for John Mitchell.

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