Rangers Go Heavily For Defensemen on Day 2 of the Draft

On Day 2 of the 2018 NHL Draft, the Rangers used four of their seven picks on defensemen, and picked a young goaltender. In their ten picks over the two-day NHL Draft, six of their selections were used to draft defensemen.

In Round 2, with Pick #39, the Blueshirts drafted Swedish goalie Olof Lindbom. The Rangers were the first team in this year’s Draft to take a goalie. The team then used both of their picks in Round 3 on defensemen, taking Jacob Ragnarsson at #70, and Joey Keane at #88, a pick acquired from Boston for Nick Holden.

In Round 4, the Rangers went defense again with pick #101, selecting Nico Gross, who played for the Oshawa Generals of the OHL. In the 5th Round, the Blueshirts took Finnish right-winger Lauri Pajuniemi at #131. In the 6th, the team drafted American defensemen Simon Kjellberg at #163.

The Rangers, who came into the weekend without a 7th Round pick, traded back into the round just before it ended, to take right-winger Riley Hughes at #216, a pick acquired from Carolina.

All told, the team drafted six defenseman [K’Andre Miller(22)¬†and Nils Lundkvist(28) Friday, plus Ragnarsson(70), Keane(88), Gross(101) and Kjellberg(163) Saturday], three forwards [Vitali Kravtsov(9) Friday, plus Pajuniemi(132) and Hughes(216) Saturday], and one goaltender [Lindbom(39)].