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Rangers' pick Kakko welcomed to New York by Knicks' selection Barrett

Highly touted prospects project bright future at Garden

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

The New York Rangers and New York Knicks share much more than Madison Square Garden. They share big hopes for the future with a pair of super-talented rookies.

The Rangers selected high-scoring Finnish forward Kaapo Kakko with the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft on Friday. Just 24 hours earlier, the Knicks selected high-scoring Canadian forward R.J. Barrett out of Duke University with the No. 3 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

The second-newest member of the Garden family welcomed the Rangers' fellow top-3 pick, and the Knicks shared the video on Twitter.

Tweet from @nyknicks: Welcome to @TheGarden family, Kakko! @NYRangers pic.twitter.com/rOcz1WdGEW

After both teams missed their respective playoffs last season, things are definitely looking up after the 48-hour stretch.

 

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