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

Chytil is viewed by many as an off the board pick this early in the first round however he does possess the rare combination of skill, speed and size (6’2” 196 lbs) that all teams covet down the middle.  Chytil was also only a few days from being part of the 2018 draft so he’s one of the youngest players selected in 2017.  Combine his age with the fact he’s playing against men in the Czech Republic’s top league and you won’t be blown away with his 4 goals and 4 assists in 38 games.  Chytil is known to be a strong and smooth skater which will transition well to the next level.  The North Bay Battalion of the OHL Chytil’s CHL rights so there is a possibility he will be skating in North America sooner rather than later. 


Brandon Crawley: 4th round; 123rd overall


Crawley was selected as a 20 year old by the Rangers after being passed over in the last couple of drafts.  Playing in London of the OHL Crawley was a key contributor on the blue line the last few seasons amassing 16 goals and 45 assists in 187 career regular season games.  In addition he has played another 40+ playoff games including a Memorial Cup championship.  Crawley possesses NHL ready size (6’1” 205lbs) and plays more of a