Rangers Combine interviews: Jack Hughes, Cole Caufield, Philip Broberg and others
The New York Rangers have released a one minute video where Adam Graves talks about the process of interviewing prospects at the combine. Each year, players meet with different teams, and while it is no guarantee by any means, it does give an indication of who they talk to and what it might mean.
In the video, we can see the following prospects:
0:16: Moritz Seider (Adler Mannheim – DEL)
0:18: Ryan Suzuki (Barrie Colts – OHL)
0:20: Jack Hughes (US NTDP)
0:23: Cole Caufield (US NTDP)
0:27: Cade Webber (The Rivers School -USHS)
0:31: Ryder Donovan (Duluth East High -USHS)
0:38: Peyton Krebs (Kootenay Ice – WHL)
0:43: Philip Broberg (AIK – Allsvenskan)
0:45: Jordan Spence (Moncton Wildcats – QMJHL)
Most of these players are projected to be drafted in the first round, with of course Jack Hughes projected to go first overall. But why would the Rangers interview him? The real question is: Why not? The combine is a great opportunity not only for players to show what they can do but for teams to talk to players before they are drafted and their rights belong to other teams. Some players might hit free agency in four or five years, or maybe they are on the trade block. Why not have the interview with them now and learn what you want to know, file the report and have it in case you ever need it?
At the end of the day, it doesn’t necessarily mean the Rangers are all in or are going to target these prospects, but it’s fun to speculate about it. I am certain these aren’t all the players they interview. From reports of previous combines, teams interview sometimes up to 80 or 100 players during the event. But which of these prospects would you like to see on the Rangers? Is there anyone in that video you think the Rangers should target? Let us know in the comments.