In the previous 41 National Hockey League Drafts, the Rangers have held the sixth overall spot only twice - in 1965 (goaltender George Surmay) and again in 1976 (right wing Don Murdoch - right). In addition, the Blueshirts have also held the 24th overall pick only twice in their history - in 1976 (defenseman Dave Farrish) and in 1992 (forward Peter Ferraro).
Here's a look at those picks as well as each of the last sixth and 24th overall picks in recent years.
RANGERS AND THE SIXTH SPOT: On April 27, 1965, the Rangers selected Manitoba (MJHL) goaltender George Surmay with the sixth overall pick in the NHL Draft in Montreal. The 5-10, 170-pound Winnipeg native who never played a game in the NHL, spent the rest of his playing career with: Winnipeg (MJHL); Winnipeg (WCHL); Kitchener (OHA); Salem (EHL); Omaha (CHL)and Seattle (WHL).
On June 1, 1976, New York selected Medicine Hat (WCHL) right wing Don Murdoch with the sixth overall selection in the NHL Draft in Montreal. The 5-11, 180-pound Cranbrook, British Columbia native posted a league-high 88 goals during his fianl junior season in Medicine Hat, collecting 165 points and 202 penalty minutes in 70 games in 1975-76. The First Team WCHL All-Star was also rated in The Hockey News Draft Preview issue as the WCHL's No. 2 prospect for the 1976 Draft (Saskatoon right wing Blair Chapman was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins second overall ... In addition, Saskatoon center Bernie Federko was selected seventh overall by the St. Louis Blues). In 221 career regular season games with the Rangers from 1976-77 to 1979-80, Murdoch tallied 97 goals and 93 assists for 190 points, along with 110 penalty minutes. In 21 post-season matches, he added 16 points (eight goals, eight assists) and 16 penalty minutes.
A LOOK AT THE 6TH SPOT: 1985 - 2003 2003 - Milan Michalek / RW Ceske Budejovice (Czech Rep) - SJ 2002 - Scottie Upshall / RW Kamloops (WHL) - NSH 2001 - Mikko Koivu / C TPS Turku (Finland) - MIN 2000 - Scott Harnell / LW Prince Albert (WHL) - NSH 1999 - Brian Finley / G Barrie (OHL) - NSH 1998 - Rico Fata / RW London (OHL) - CGY 1997 - Daniel Tkaczuk / C Barrie (OHL) - CGY 1996 - Boyd Devereaux / C Kitchener (OHL) - EDM 1995 - Steve Kelly / C Prince Albert (WHL) - EDM 1994 - Ryan Smith / LW Moose Jaw (WHL) - EDM 1993 - Viktor Kozlov / C Dynamo (Russia) - SJ 1992 - Cory Stillman / LW Windsor (OHL) - CGY 1991 - Peter Forsberg / C MoDo (Sweden) - PHI 1990 - Scott Scissons / C Saskatoon (WHL) - NYI 1989 - Adam Bennett / D Sudbury (OHL) - CHI 1988 - Scott Pearson / LW Kingston (OHL) - TOR 1987 - Dave Archibald / F Portland (WHL) - MIN 1886 - Vincent Damphouse / C Laval (QMJHL) - TOR 1985 - Brad Dalgarno / RW Hamilton (OHL) - NYI
A LOOK AT THE 24TH SPOT: 1992 - 2003 2003 - Mike Richards / C Kitchener (OHL) - PHI 2002 - Alexander Steen / C Vastra Frolunda (Sweden) - TOR 2001 - Lukas Krajicek / D Peterborough (OHL) - FLA 2000 - Brad Boyes / C Erie (OHL) - TOR 1999 - Luca Cereda / C Ambri (Switzerland) - TOR 1998 - Christian Backman / D Vastra Frolunda Jr. (Sweden) - STL 1997 - J-F Damphousse / G Moncton (QMJHL) - NJ 1996 - Daniel Briere / C Drummondville (QMJHL) - PHX 1995 - Aleksey Morozov / RW Krylija Sovetov (Russia) - PIT 1994 - Chris Wells / C Seattle (WHL) - PIT 1993 - Eric Lecompte / LW Hull (QMJHL) - CHI 1992 - Peter Ferraro / LW Waterloo Jr. A (USJHL) - NYR
DID YOU KNOW ... * The last time the Rangers held two first round picks in a NHL Draft was ... 1999. The Blueshirts selected Calgary (WHL) right wing Pavel Brendl with the fourth overall pick and Moose Jaw (WHL) center Jamie Lundmark with the ninth overall selection.
* The Rangers have had two first round picks in four other NHL Drafts: 1971 (Toronto (OHA) left wing Steve Vickers, Toronto (OHA) defenseman Steve Durbano); 1972 (Kitchener (OHA) right wing Al Blanchard, St. Catherines (OHA) center Bob MacMillan); 1977 (Sorel (QMJHL) right wing Lucein DeBlois, Sudbury (OHA) center Ron Duguay); 1999 (Brendl, Lundmark).
* The last time the Rangers held at least two second round picks was ... 1988. New York selected Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) center Troy Malette with the 22nd overall pick and Spokane (WHL) defenseman Murray Duval with the 26th overall choice.
* The Blueshirts also had two second round picks in the 1972 NHL Draft, selecting Saskatoon (WHL) defenseman Larry Sacharuk 21st overall and Shawinigan (QMJHL) left wing Rene Villemure 31st overall.