New York Rangers luck out as Gabriel Perreault falls to 23

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The New York Rangers should count their lucky stars that forward Gabriel Perreault fell to them at 23rd overall. According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s final rankings, he was ranked 10th.

As several teams drafted for need in front of them, this dynamic winger and son to former NHL player Yanic Perreault, was available after an incredible season for the US National Team Development Program.

“He’s got really good hockey IQ,” Yanic told the Toronto Star. “One of his strengths is, he’s able to make plays at high speed, so his execution is really fast.”

This year, Perreault scored 53 goals and 79 assists for 132 points in 63 games. Those numbers shattered the previous mark of 117 set by Maple Leafs superstar Auston Mattews in 2014-15.

Gabriel Perreault (RW, 5-11′, 165 lbs)

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Perreault, 18, is already committed to play next season at Boston College. This is perfect and will allow him to develop.

The Rangers’ organizational needs heading into this draft were centers and right wings. By drafting Perreault, it will certainly help their future.

“I’m just so excited to be a Ranger,” Perreault said afterwards.

So what are the Rangers getting? A player that has decent speed but a keen awareness of what’s happening on the ice. He also has great hands and vision that allows him to be in the right place at the right time. Coupled with his excellent hockeyIQ, that some say may be the best in the draft, he generates scoring opportunities for himself and others.

Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore

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