New York Rangers guide to 2023 NHL Draft

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Jun 21, 2019; Vancouver, BC, Canada; Kaapo Kakko poses for a photo after being selected as the number two overall pick to the New York Rangers in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL Draft is an opportunity for the New York Rangers to add to their prospect pipeline. Originally called the NHL Amateur Draft, it was first held on June 5, 1963 in Montreal. Starting in the 1995 season, the league introduced the NHL Draft Lottery which is still in place today.

When and Where is the 2023 NHL Draft

The 2023 NHL Draft will take place at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee from June 28-29.

Day One of the NHL Draft will begin at 7 pm et on ESPN, Sportsnet, and TVAS covering the first round.

Day Two will start at 11 am et and be broadcasted on NHL Network, Sportsnet, and TVAS covering rounds two through seven.

Related: Top prospect where Rangers are picking

What is the First Round Draft Order

The final draft order based on the results of the draft lottery, playoff finishes, and standings is as follows:

1. Chicago
2. Anaheim
3. Columbus
4. San Jose
5. Montreal
6. Arizona
7. Philadelphia
8. Washington
9. Detroit
10. St. Louis
11. Vancouver
12. Arizona (from OTT)
13. Buffalo
14. Pittsburgh
15. Nashville
16. Calgary
17. Detroit (from NYI via VAN)
18. Winnipeg
19. Chicago (from TBL)
20. Seattle
21. Minnesota
22. Philadelphia (from LAK via CBJ)
23. NY Rangers
24. Nashville (from EDM)
25. St. Louis (from TOR)
26. San Jose (from NJD)
27. Colorado
28. Toronto (from BOS via WSH)
29. St. Louis (from DAL via NYR)
30. Carolina
31. Montreal (from FLA)
32. Vegas

Full Draft Order can be found on the NHL’s website.

Who is ranked #1

Connor Bedard

Bedard, who turns 18 next month, put up staggering numbers this past season for the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League. In 57 games, he posted 71 goals and 72 assists for 143 points.

How many picks do the New York Rangers have

The New York Rangers will have a total of five picks in the 2023 NHL Draft.

Here are Rangers current selections barring any trades:

  • 1st Round – 23rd Overall
  • 3rd Round – 91st Overall
  • 5th Round – 152nd Overall
  • 6th Round – 178th Overall
  • 6th Round – 183rd Overall

Who is the Rangers highest ever selection?

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Alexis Lafrenière

In their history, the New York Rangers have only selected first overall twice. In 1965, they took Andre Veilleux with the first pick of the draft but he never played for the Blueshirts.

In 2020, the Rangers won the NHL Draft Lottery to move all the way up to number one and used it to select Lafrenière.

The Quebec native was impressive in juniors amassing 114 goals and 297 points in 173 career QMJHL games with the Rimouski Oceanic.

List of Rangers First Round Draft Picks

YEARRDPICKPLAYER
2022No First Round Pick
2021116Brennan Othmann
202011Alexis Lafrenière
2020119Braden Schneider
201912Kaapo Kakko
201819Vitali Kravtsov
2018122K’Andre Miller
2018128Nils Lundkvist
201717Lias Andersson
2017121Filip Chytil
2016-2013No First Round Pick
2012128Brady Skjei
2011115J. T. Miller
2010110Dylan McIlrath
2009119Chris Kreider
2008120Michael Del Zotto
2007117Alexei Cherepanov
2006121Bob Sanguinetti
2005112Marc Staal
200416Al Montoya
2004119Lauri Korpikoski
2003112Hugh Jessiman
2002No First Round Pick
2001110Dan Blackburn
199914Pavel Brendl
199919Jamie Lundmark
199817Manny Malhotra
1997119Stefan Cherneski
1996122Jeff Brown
1995No First Round Pick
1994126Dan Cloutier
199318Niklas Sundstrom
1992124Peter Ferraro
1991115Alexei Kovalev
1990113Michael Stewart
1989120Steven Rice
1988No First Round Pick
1987110Jayson More
198619Brian Leetch
198517Ulf Dahlen
1984114Terry Carkner
1983112Dave Gagner
1982115Chris Kontos
198119James Patrick
1980114Jim Malone
1979113Doug Sulliman
1978No First Round Pick
197718Lucien DeBlois
1977113Ron Duguay
197616Don Murdoch
1975112Wayne Dillon
1974114Dave Maloney
1973114Rick Middleton
1972110Al Blanchard
1972115Bob MacMillan
1971110Steve Vickers
1971113Steve Durbano
1970111Norm Gratton
196918Andre Dupont
1969112Pierre Jarry
1968No First Round Pick
196716Bob Dickson
196612Brad Park
196511Andre Veilleux
196413Bob Graham
196314Al Osborne

Notes: NHL.com and Wikipedia were used for reference