Rory Boylen at The Hockey News takes a look at how the Rangers drafting has improved tremendously post lockout...
"The Rangers have a total of 10 homegrown players on their NHL roster with 2004 picks Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan leading the team in scoring, while stars Chris Drury, Vaclav Prospal and Marian Gaborik recover from injuries. While the team’s management takes a lot of heat for how they handle (or mishandle) the salary cap, GM Glen Sather’s squad deserves credit for how it has patiently brought along its youth and allowed them to rise to prominent roles, a theme that will become more apparent as the post-lockout group of prospects develop."
Gordie Clark, Rangers' Director of Player Personnel, describes the change...
“When I sat down with Glen (Sather) and Don Maloney at that time they clearly made it evident that with the way everything was going with the cap and the future, everybody is going to be somewhat equal now,” said Rangers director, player personnel Gordie Clark, who runs draft day for the team. “(Sather) made a real decision to say the way you can try and outdo the opposition is hopefully draft properly and then raise them.”
...glad it only took Sather five years to figure that out. In all seriousness for all the bad free agent signings you have to give Sather (ok mostly Clark) lots of credit for stockpiling the Rangers organization with top prospects.
...although as Clark points out the reason the Rangers might be drafting better is because the team is struggling and they are getting higher picks which equals better players. So I guess Sather still stinks.
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