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NYR Draft Pick Hits n’ Misses
Posted By Margaret DeJesus On Nov 15 2010 @ 7:58 pm In New York Rangers | 2 Comments
The “hits” are obvious. Late round gems  like Brandon Dubinsky, Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan along with ’05 first rounder Marc Staal have made their mark in New York.
But what about the missed opportunities? The coulda, shoulda, wouldas if you will. At the 2010 NHL draft this summer in Los Angeles the Rangers selected tough guy D-man Dylan McIlrath 10th overall. This left many scratching their head as the seemingly NHL ready offensive defenseman Cam Fowler was still on the market. Time will tell if this was the best move, (which I highly doubt it was).
The Rangers face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight, a team whose success is owed to their superstar draft picks ( see Marc-Andre Fleury, Evgeny Malkin, Sidney Crosby, Jordan Staal) after long years of sitting in the basement. No pain, no gain.
The Rangers had some dark days without playoff berths and losing records. Lots of pain, but where’s the first round glory gains? By now the Rangers could have had a squad that consisted of Mike Green on the blue line and Zach Parise on the left wing.
Below are some Blueshirt draft pick flops. Where are they now:
Dan Blackburn, G 10th overall
Other options: Ales Hemsky 13th, Derek Roy 32nd, Mike Cammarelli 49th, Craig Anderson 73rd.
Hugh Jessiman, RW 12th overall
Missed out on: Dustin Brown 13th, Zach Parise 17th, Ryan Getzlaf 19th, Ryan Kesler 23rd, Corey Perry 28th.
Al Montoya, G, 6th overall
Missed out on: Mike Green 29th, Travis Zajac 20th, Wojtek Wolski 21st, David Krecji 63rd
Sure, it may be easy to scroll down the draft pick lists and think what could have been. Scouts and general managers don’t have a magic crystal ball. But one can’t help but wonder, what if?
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