What should the NYR Draft Board look like.

Since GM Jeff Gorton started the process for this rebuild a few things have become clear. The New York Rangers will be drafting in the first-round multiple times (with a possibility to trade up), and they will most likely not be in the playoffs, giving them a lottery pick. Now, before we review the draft board let’s take a look at how the NHL lottery works. The lottery is not as simple as one may believe. Before the changes made in 2013, only five teams were able to participate in the NHL lottery to land the number one overall pick, which are the five with the fewest points at the end of the regular season; now the lottery is wide open to any team who does not qualify for the playoffs. At the end of the regular season, each team that did not make the playoffs are assigned odds to win the pick via randomly selected ping pong balls. The team with the worst record will have a 20% chance whereas the best team who did not qualify will receive a 1% chance. Sounds simple right? But wait, there’s more as the NHL uses these same odds to select draft slots 1 through 3, so essentially there are 2 lotteries in one night. After the first 3 picks have been randomly selected draft slots 4 through 15 are assigned based on their regular season point total from lowest to highest respectively. These rules were put in place to prevent a team from tanking hard enough to have a lopsided chance at landing the first overall pick. Now that we know how the draft works, let's peek at what the New York Rangers board should look like.

 

1. Rasmus Dahlin, D

2. Andrei Svechnikov, RW

3. Filip Zadina, RW

4. Quinn Hughes, D

5. Oliver Wahlstrom, RW

6. Adam Boqvist, D

7. Noah Dobson, D

8. Brady Tkachuk, C

9. Jesperi Kotkaniemi, C

10. Ty Smith, D

11. Vitali Kravtsov, RW

11. Joel Farabee, LW

12. Evan Bouchard, D

13. Joe Veleno, C

14. Dominik Bokk, RW

15. Rasmus Kupari, C