With the 75th overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft, the New York Rangers selected center Ryder Korczak from the Moosejaw Warriors of the WHL.
The Rangers moved up from 80 after making a deal with the Washington Capitals.
WASH trade 75 to NYR for 80 and 176— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 24, 2021
Congrats, Ryder! pic.twitter.com/QMfVlbAWm8— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) July 24, 2021
Ryder Korczak-NYR is a volume creator with above-average passing, shooting, and handling skills. Still figuring out how to weaponize pressure and play in contact. Defence improved a ton. Solid upside bet at this stage. pic.twitter.com/i2t70QZjd2— Mitch Brown (@MitchLBrown) July 24, 2021
#NYR select Ryder Korczak 75th overall. I ranked him 32nd.— Patrick Bacon (@TopDownHockey) July 24, 2021
Top Remaining Forwards:
1. Alex Suvorov (18th)
2. Oliver Nadeau (24th)
3. Connor Kurth (25th)
Top Remaining Defensemen:
1. Sebastian Jasecko (26th)
2. Jacob Guevin (28th)
3. Simon Motew (40th) pic.twitter.com/OfGrnoyZ5V
With the No. 75 pick in the 2021 #NHLDraft, the New York Rangers select C Ryder Korczak of Moose Jaw.https://t.co/eclntkzSCY— FCHockey (@FCHockey) July 24, 2021
"His poise with possession and passing abilities are impactful in all three zones. He should grow into an ideal middle-six all-situations forward." pic.twitter.com/OZ7E0SWrSf
Rangers go back to the WHL and select Moose Jaw Warriors C Ryder Korczak at 75. He was 21st on my personal list @FCHockey pic.twitter.com/QBeXKFjC4X— Justin Froese (@froesehky) July 24, 2021
Korczak was ranked 69th by Elite Prospects, 75th by Bob McKenzie, 65th by FC Hockey, and 39th by McKeen’s Hockey. He was also 34th by NHL Central Scouting among North American skaters.
The Rangers’ newest prospect stands 5’10” and is 159 pounds, and described by Elite Prospects like this.
Puck-handling is Korczak’s defining skill, using a combination of herky-jerky movement, deception, and pace to beat defenders. On the power play, his deception reaches another level, threatening shots to set up cross-slot feeds. And the shot’s dangerous, too. He changes the angle on his shots, and occasionally rifles a curl-and-drag wrister around a defender.
Korczak tallied 16 points in 17 games this season (3-13-16), and the year prior finished with 18 goals, 49 assists, and 67 points in 62 games.