Rangers' 2008 Entry Draft Picks at a Glance

Saturday, 06.21.2008 / 10:37 AM / Prospects Central
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Rangers\' 2008 Entry Draft Picks at a Glance
    
Complete List of 2008 NHL Entry Draft Picks
Day 1 Recap: Rangers Choose Blueliner Del Zotto
Day 2 Recap: Rangers Add High-Scoring Forwards

Here is a look at the seven players taken by the Rangers in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Players are listed by the round in which they were drafted:


PLAYERS DRAFTED BY RANGERS
RANKINGS

1. Michael Del Zotto --  Pick No. 20 Overall
Defense (Oshawa Generals, OHL)
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 211 - Shot: Left - Born: 1/24/90
2007-08: 64 games; 16 goals; 47 assists; 63 points; 82 PIM
NOTES: Projects as an offensive specialist, but as he gains experience, he'll become more of an all-around defenseman.
Hometown: Stouffville, Ontario (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 15
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
15 23 32

2. Derek Stepan -- Pick No. 51 Overall
Center (Shattuck-St. Mary's Sabres, Minn. Prep Sch.)
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 168 - Shot: Right - Born: 6/18/90
2007-08: 54 games; 36 goals; 55 assists; 91 points; 16 PIM
NOTES: Very good skater who accelerates quickly, pulling away from defense. Good hands. Will go to U. of Wisconsin.
Hometown: Hastings, Minnesota (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 58
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
-- 74 167

3. Evgeny Grachev -- Pick No. 75 Overall
Center (Yaroslavl Lokomotiv, Russian Elite League)
Height: 6-3 - Weight: 202 - Shot: Right - Born: 2/21/90
2007-08: 1 game; 0 goals; 0 assists; 0 points; 0 PIM
NOTES: Power forward with a good physical presence had five points in six games at the '08 World U-18 Championship.
Hometown: Khabarovsk, Russia (Russian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 9
(European skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
74 24 34

3. Tomas Kundratek -- Pick No. 90 Overall
Defense (Trinec, Czech Extraliga)
Height: 6-1 - Weight: 180 - Sh.: Right - Born: 12/26/89
2007-08: 14 games; 0 goals; 1 assist; 1 point; 10 PIM
NOTES: Good at starting the rush; plays aggressive game and at his best challenging forwards early along the boards.
Hometown: Prerov, Czech Republic (Czech)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 12
(European skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
63 140 42

4. Dale Weise -- Pick No. 111 Overall
Right Wing (Swift Current Broncos, WHL)
Height: 6-2- Weight: 206 - Shot: Right - Born: 8/5/88
2007-08: 53 games; 29 goals; 22 assists; 51 points; 84 PIM
NOTES: High-scoring winger had true breakout season at 19 after having passed through two previous NHL drafts.
Hometown: Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 153
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
-- -- --

5. Chris Doyle -- Pick No. 141 Overall
Center (Prince Edward Island Rocket, QMJHL)
Height: 6-0 - Weight: 193 - Shot: Left - Born: 3/22/90
2007-08: 63 games; 27 goals; 36 assists; 63 points; 81 PIM
NOTES: Participated in 2008 CHL-NHL Top Prospects Game in Edmonton. His CS ranking fell from No. 80 at mid-season.
Hometown: Charlottetown, PEI (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 130
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
92 133 50

6. Mitch Gaulton -- Pick No. 171 Overall
Defense (Erie Otters, OHL)
Height: 5-11 - Weight: 210 - Shot: Left - Born: 4/25/90
2007-08: 20 games; 2 goals; 5 assists; 7 points; 19 PIM
NOTES: Missed most of season due to an elbow injury, but receives big praise from 2008 Hockey News draft preview.
Hometown: Grimsby, Ontario (Canadian)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Not Ranked
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
54 120 276

NOTE:
The Rangers traded Alex Bourret to Phoenix in exchange for Pittsburgh's third-round pick (No. 90), which Phoenix had obtained in an earlier trade with the Penguins. The Rangers also  traded their seventh-round pick (No. 201 overall) to Nashville as part of a deal that enabled them to reclaim their own fourth-round pick at No. 111 overall. That pick had been previously relinquished in the Feb. 26 trade for Christian Backman. In exchange for the No. 111 pick, the Rangers also dealt Nashville next year's fourth-round selection.

 




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