Report: Rangers Open To Trading A First-Round Pick
According to a report from Craig Custance in The Athletic, Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton has said that he is willing to trade a first-round pick in the upcoming NHL draft.
.@CraigCustance on GMs' offseason priorities: Rangers open to moving a first-round pick https://t.co/9kl6kbnQk6
— The Athletic NHL (@TheAthleticNHL) March 21, 2018
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, with the Rangers looking to rebuild as quickly as possible. The Blueshirts currently have three picks in the opening round of the draft, with two of those picks coming in the later portion of the round. The question becomes which pick to move. The Rangers can trade their own pick for a second-line player, but then they will be giving up their best chance of getting one of the top talents in the draft. If they trade one of the later picks acquired from the Bruins and Lightning, the return might not be as good, but they won’t be mortgaging away a potential top talent.
Time will tell what Jeff Gorton and Rangers management decide on doing, but don’t be shocked if the team only ends up with two first-round picks come June 22.