New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired a conditional second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and a conditional third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft from the Dallas Stars in exchange for Mats Zuccarello.
Including the conditional second-round pick acquired from the Stars, the Rangers currently have four picks in the first two rounds of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft (the team also has its own first-round pick, its own second-round pick, and either Tampa Bay's second-round pick or first-round pick). The Blueshirts also made four selections in the first two rounds of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
Zuccarello skated in 509 games with the Rangers over parts of nine seasons, registering 113 goals and 239 assists for 352 points, along with 215 penalty minutes. Zuccarello is a three-time winner of the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award (2013-14, 2015-16, 2016-17), which is given annually to the Ranger who, as chosen by the fans, "goes above and beyond the call of duty". He ranks 15th on the franchise's all-time assists list and 26th on the franchise's all-time points list. Zuccarello led the Rangers in points in four different seasons during his tenure in New York, including three consecutive seasons from 2015-16 to 2017-18. He also recorded 31 points (11 goals, 20 assists) in 60 playoff games with the Rangers, and helped the Rangers advance to the Stanley Cup Final in 2013-14 by recording 13 points (five goals, eight assists) during the team's playoff run. A native of Oslo, Norway, Zuccarello is the all-time leader in games played, goals, assists, and points by a Norwegian-born player in NHL history.