Rangers Select Kravtsov, Miller, Lundkvist in 1st Round of NHL Draft

The Rangers’ rebuild took another significant step last night. The Blueshirts kept all three of their 1st Round picks, selected a right-winger and two defensemen.

With the 9th overall pick, the Rangers passed on more-well-known players like Evan Bouchard, Oliver Wahlstrom, and Noah Dobson, opting for 6’2″ right-winger Vitali Kravtsov from the KHL. The Oilers would take Bouchard at #10, while the Islanders took Wahlstrom and Dobson with their back-to-back picks at #11 and #12.

Kravtsov, who was KHL Rookie of the Year,  still has one year remaining on his commitment to the KHL, unless

Later in the round, the Rangers made a trade with Ottawa to move up from the 26th pick [which they acquired from Boston in the Rick Nash deal]. They gave the Senators picks #26 and #48 in exchange for the #22 pick. With that Pick #22, the Blueshirts took American defenseman K’Andre Miller,¬†who is committed to attend the University of Wisconsin in the fall.

Finally, with the 28th pick [acquired from Tampa Bay in the Ryan McDonagh deal], the Rangers took Swedish defenseman Nils Lundkvist.

The three draftees, along with last year’s 1st Round selections Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil, are expected to form the nucleus of the Rangers’ roster for years to come.