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Rangers’ Gordie Clark doesn’t see much talent in the second half of 2012 Draft

Jun 21, 2012, 10:56 AM EDT

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The New York Rangers only have four picks going into the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. Their best selection is the 28th overall pick and they have nothing after the fourth round. However, the Rangers director of player personnel Gordie Clark doesn’t seem bothered by that.

“I don’t think there’s any (more) pressure (with just the four picks),” Clark told Andrew Gross of The Bergen Record. “It’s probably, in the last four five drafts, the best to do it because there isn’t a lot of talent in this draft, the second half of this draft, whereas we’ve always been excited about somebody to pick up (in the later rounds). We don’t really have that.”

Clark admitted that it’s still tough to see young, talented athletes get scooped up in the first round by other franchises while New York waits for its turn. Of course, the Rangers are in that position because they were superb in 2011-12.

Clark also wouldn’t rule out the possibility of the Rangers trading up “if there someone’s that going to slip to an area where we think we could get them.” That being said, the Rangers can only realistically jump up so high from their current position.

“At 28, we might be able to get into 20, maybe 20-25,” Clark speculated.

The Rangers two most recent first-round selections, J.T. Miller and Dylan McIlrath, haven’t broken into the NHL yet. However, their top pick in 2009, Chris Kreider, turned heads during the New York Rangers’ playoff run. On top of that, their first and second-round picks in 2008, Michael Del Zotto and Derek Stepan, have become big contributors for the Rangers.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    He’s right, the last few drafts haven’t been great and this one doesn’t look to be any different.

    • bcisleman - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      Actually I believe he said that previous drafts did have players he was excited about in the late rounds. Isles already have three ELCs from last year’s draft, for example, and may have at least one more before the off season ends.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:05 PM

        Right, I misread that, but I don’t think the last few drafts have been too good after the top 5.

    • lordfletcher - Jun 21, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      I will disagree and or say it’s till way too early to justify any thoughts on the 2010 draft and or 2011. Most haven’t even played in their first NHL game yet. Look at the 2010 draft, there are several players missing from my list below that show good promise and still haven’t seen the NHL yet, will soon, or in the next 2 years

      Granlund / Kuznetsov / Coyle / Tinordi / Bjugstad

      Granlund, high prospect
      Kuznetsov – top prospect, staying in KHL
      Coyle – High prospect, deveolping
      and so on and so on.

      Let’s wait another 2-3 years before we say anything… The only draft we can start to look at is the 2008. Be patient, your not a scout and don’t see 99% of these kids play. Give them time to prove you / others they are quality players and their years draft was good or bad. Can’t just take the top guys who were busts or calder style guys

  2. rainyday56 - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    NHL should sit this draft out and let the German, Swiss and Austrian leagues draft this sorry lot directly.

    That is where they will end up playing if at all.

    • freneticgarfieldfan - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:39 AM

      One round would be enough then ;-)
      At least in Germany and Switzerland there are maximum numbers of foreign players per team/year in place…

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:23 PM

      IMO, it might be a good thing that expectations aren’t sky high on a lot of these prospects. They’ll experience less pressure to make it from the get-go and consequently, I’d assume, be able to develop and improve without having constant media distractions surrounding them. There’s a whole bunch of good, hard-working kids this draft, as in every draft, and while many won’t pan out, there will be those who do. It’s presumptuous to call these guys a “sorry lot.” I know I’m excited to see what happens this year.

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