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Rangers 2012 Entry Draft Picks at a Glance

Blueshirts scheduled to pick up two more players in Pittsburgh today

Saturday, 06.23.2012 / 10:32 AM / 2012 NHL Entry Draft
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Here is a look at the players taken by the Rangers in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The Rangers made a total of four picks (No. 28, No. 59, No. 119, and No. 142). Players are listed by the round in which they were drafted:

Brady Skjei
Brady Skjei ROUND 1, NO. 28
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Defense (U.S. National Team Development Program)
Height: 6-3 - Weight: 200 - Shot: Left - Born: March 26, 1994
2011-12: 56 games; 4 goals; 18 assists; 22 points; 32 PIM
NOTES: Stay-at-home blueliner is best skater among defensemen in draft but needs to use his big frame better. Plus-10 for gold medalist U.S. team at World Under 18s. Will begin his college career at Minnesota in the fall.
Hometown: Lakeville, Minnesota (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 19
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
26
26 29
Boo Nieves
Cristoval "Boo" Nieves ROUND 2, NO. 59
Center (Kent School, Connecticut Prep)
Height: 6-3 - Weight: 184 - Shot: Left - Born: January 23, 1994
2011-12: 26 games; 7 goals; 32 assists; 39 points; 24 PIM
NOTES: Remarkably fast skater with good hockey sense who needs to improve as a finisher to reach NHL. Ended his season by playing 13 USHL games for Indiana Ice and is set to begin college career at Michigan in fall.
Hometown: Syracuse, New York (American)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 27
(North American skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
55
63 93

Calle Andersson
Calle Andersson ROUND 4, NO. 119
Defense (Karlstad, Sweden Under-20 League)
Height: 6-2 - Weight: 208 - Shot: Right - Born: May 16, 1994
2011-12: 49 games; 12 goals; 24 assists; 36 points; 56 PIM
NOTES: The son of former Rangers defenseman Peter Andersson grew up in Malmo while his father was completing his career in Elitserien. Also scored nine points in 10 games for Karlstad's Under-18 team this season.
Hometown: Malmo, Sweden (Swedish)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 15
(European skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
87
48 144

Thomas Spelling
Thomas Spelling ROUND 5, NO. 142
Right Wing (Herning Blue Fox, Denmark Oddset Ligaen)
Height: 6-1 - Weight: 176 - Shot: Left - Born: February 9, 1993
2011-12: 33 games; 21 goals; 16 assists; 37 points; 6 PIM
NOTES: Strong transition player who is highly skilled with a very quick release. Had a goal, three assists in six games at 2012 World Juniors. Member of 2012 Danish champs will play in Swedish Elitserien next year.
Hometown: Herning, Denmark (Danish)
CENTRAL SCOUTING Ranked No. 90
(European skaters)
OTHER RANKINGS
THN ISS RLR
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NOTES: During Saturday's draft, the Rangers traded their 2012 third-round pick (No. 59 overall) to Nashville in exchange for the Predators' third-round pick in 2013, a draft that will be much deeper than this year's. Nashville selected center Brendan Leipsic with the 2012 choice obtained from the Blueshirts. The Rangers also traded their 2013 fifth-round pick to Nashville in exchange for the Predators' 2012 fifth-round pick, which was used to draft Danish right wing Thomas Spelling at No. 142 overall.
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