July 31-in-31: New York Rangers





The 2017 draft was the first time the New York Rangers selected in the first round since 2012; and more than ten years since they had two first round selections.  Overall the Rangers had a positive draft with two potential impact players selected early on in Andersson and Chytil.  In the later round the Rangers selected several overage players which will help stock the minor pro cupboards sooner rather than later. 



2017 Draft Selections


Lias Andersson: 1st round, 7th overall


Andersson entered the draft with a mid first round projection and jumped into the top-10 when the Rangers selected him 7th overall.  There is a lot to like about Andersson’s game and the fact it has matured in Sweden’s top league the last 1.5 seasons.  Andersson produced 9 goals and 10 assists in 42 games in 2016-17 playing for HV71 in the SHL where his team went on to win the league championship.  Impressively he also finished the season +21 which placed him top-10 league wide.  Internationally Lias was even stronger chipping in 15 points in 17 games at the U20 level.  Overall Lias is projected to be a top six forward with top line potential and may prove to be even more valuable in multi category fantasy league’s due to the strength of his all around game.


Filip Chytil: 1st round, 21st overall