The New York Rangers have selected goaltender Dylan Garand with the 103rd pick of the 2020 NHL Draft.
Pick No. 103: Dylan Garand ☑️ pic.twitter.com/0qknpanyaj— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 7, 2020
Garand was ranked No. 69 by Elite Prospects, No. 165 by Future Considerations, No. 154 by McKeen’s Hockey, and was the sixth ranked North American goaltender by NHL Central Scouting.
"The pride of Victoria, British Columbia."— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 7, 2020
The lowdown on Garand ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/Ke7HkIDfnT
In 42 appearances during the shortened 2019-20 campaign – his first as a starter in the WHL – Garand went 28-10-2-1 with a 2.21 goals-against average, .921 save percentage, and four shutouts. He was among the WHL leaders in two vital goaltending categories – GAA (third) and SV% (third). His four shutouts were tied for fourth.
“I just try to keep it simple, take it one day at a time, and just try to get better each day,” Garand said. “We’ll see where that ends up. I’m not focusing on anything too specific, I just want to get better and continue to give my team a chance to win each night.”
Here are some additional thoughts on the Rangers’ newest prospect.
Dylan Garand, Kamloops G is off the board to the @NYRangers small, highly athletic goaltender in the crease with some good tools as his disposal. Can put his team on his back or lay an egg any given night. Consistency in his approach is needed. Busy in the crease @FCHockey— Justin Froese (@FroeseFC) October 7, 2020
Dylan Garand goes to #NYR. I’m sure MSG would go nuts if they saw this...#NHLDraft #WHL pic.twitter.com/pSou6p5yaJ— Stephen Hawco (@stephenhawco7) October 7, 2020
Stay tuned for more in-depth information on this pick in the days to come.