The New York Rangers sat quietly at their table during the 1st round of the 2015 NHL Draft, but made up for that with some surprising moves to kick off day number two. Before making their first pick, the Rangers made a pair of trades sending Carl Hagelin to the Anaheim Ducks, and Cam Talbot to the Edmonton Oilers. Finally, after the smoke cleared the air, the Rangers made their first selection of the draft at #41.
#41 - Ryan Gropp (Seattle Thunderbirds - WHL)
Gropp was the leading scorer for Seattle in his second season with the Thunderbirds — handling much of the load due to injuries to high profile scorers Roberts Lipsbergs and fellow first-year draft-eligible forward Mathew Barzal. Gropp led Seattle with 30 goals and had 28 assists with a +9 plus/minus and 44 penalty minutes in 67 regular season games.
via Hockey's Future
#62 - Robin Kovacs (AIK IF - Sweden-2)
Robin Kovacs was the top scorer of his AIK Stockholm pro team, popping in a total of 19 goals and 35 points in 62 games while posting a -4 for a team that almost found itself being relegated. A tenacious player of adequate height whose 67 penalty minutes also attest to his feistiness, Kovacs will need to fill out considerably in the years to come if he's to survive in the NHL at some point. His skating can be considered above-average and he gets off to very good starts while not being afraid to test opposing defenders and push them back.
#79 - Sergey Zborovskiy (Regina Pats - WHL)
#89 - Aleksi Saarela (Assat - Finland)
A smart and creative offensive playmaker......skating stride is fluid and powerful, has no problems getting from Point A to Point B...is slick and slippery with the puck...has strong vision and puck-distribution skills, but can go through stretches of hanging out on the perimeter a little too much...willing to play physical and battle for the puck...has a strong and accurate wrist shot that he gets off quickly
#113 - Brad Morrison (Prince George Cougars - WHL)
A clever, dexterous forward who plays with jump and jam. Possesses the speed and cunning to create separation, and has the individual skills and puckhandling ability to make the best use of any time and space earned. Works hard in the corners, but can get rubbed out when not careful. All-in-all, a speedy, skilled forward who can carry and direct plays with ease.
via Elite Prospects
#119 - Daniel Bernhardt (Djurgarden Jr. - Sweden-Jr.)
In juniors, the top scorer comes from Djurgarden's U20 program and he's got 32 points and a +9 rating in 24 games. His name is Daniel Bernhardt and he already checks in at 6'2" and 190 pounds. His point total is equaled by linemate Jacob Eriksson (19), and exceeded by Bernhardt's other linemate, Lukas Lofquist (18), who has 30 points, making it the league's most effective offensive unit.
via Hockey's Future
Barring any last minute deals to move up, the New York Rangers will have one final pick in the 7th round at #184.
We will have a ton of coverage on these prospects in the very near future, so be sure to stay tuned!