Rangers Roundup: Trading Buchnevich, Alexis Lafreniere impact, and more news

The New York Rangers are in a great spot thanks to winning the lottery. Adding Alexis Lafreniere to the lineup next season is like signing a free agent. The kid is NHL ready. Matter of fact, Craig Button of TSN who heads up their scouting believes he will score 60+ points in his rookie year. Wow!

TSN Breaksdown NY Rangers and Alexis Lafreniere

The crew at TSN breaks down the Rangers winning the draft and how Alexis Lafreniere is “dialed into winning”. Craig Button who was once the Flames GM truly believes that this is one of the best possible situations for the Lafreniere.

Check out the full segment below.

Should the Rangers trade Buchnevich to find the right mix

Yesterday, I put out a feature discussing the Rangers needing to find the right mix of talent and toughness going forward to win in the playoffs. I spoke with Ron Duguay on a recent podcast who shared that sentiment, and an agent under the condition of anonymity. Here’s what I learned.

It was pointed out to me that Alexis Lafreniere will bring that toughness with skill. Additionally, the agent stated the Rangers will save money on Henrik Lundqvist next season, and should look to use some of the 10 picks they have in the draft to make changes.

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Buchnevich (Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

One player that in particular makes more sense now to trade with Lafreniere joining the team is Pavel Buchnevich. He is a talented forward but is too similar in style to Kaapo Kakko and Vitali Kravtsov who are projected to be top six wingers.

What if they trade Buchnevich and a pick to land a top left defenseman to pair with Jacob Trouba? Or maybe look at a trade for RFA, Josh Anderson in Columbus. The bottom line is the Rangers now have a lot of options.

More NY Rangers news (and NHL Headlines)

Larry Brooks talks to some hockey icons about Lafreniere

The Daily Goal Horn shows Jack Edwards troubled past of horrible comments

Yesterday, The Draft Analyst analyzed why no matter what, Lafreniere is the pick