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Rangers Make Nine Selections in 2005 NHL Entry Draft

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


Blueshirts Select Eight Canadian Hockey League Skaters, One US High Schooler

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather, along with Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Personnel Don Maloney, oversaw the club's activity in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft this afternoon in Ottawa, Ontario. The club, which began the day with nine picks, made two transactions and finished the day with nine selections.

"Outside of winning the draft lottery, we could not have been happier with the way the 2005 draft went today," stated Maloney. "The opportunity to add a player like Marc Staal, whom we had slotted as a lottery pick, was a very positive moment for our organization. Overall, we feel we addressed the needs of our hockey club and selected skaters with all the qualities of what a Ranger should be: competitive, proactive and gritty with skill and ability."

The Rangers began the day by making a trade with the Atlanta Thrashers, exchanging their 16th and 41st overall selections in this year's draft to move up to the Thrashers 12th overall position. Following the announcement of the deal, New York tabbed Sudbury Wolves defenseman Marc Staal. The 6-3, 196-pounder participated in the 2005 CHL Top Prospects game in Vancouver and also played in the 2005 OHL All-Star Game in Owen Sound. Staal is the younger brother of Eric, who was selected second overall by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2003. The selection marked the first time the Rangers have chosen a defenseman in the first round since picking Jeff Brown 22nd overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. New York used their first selection in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft (second round, 64th overall) to tab blueliner Filip Novak.

In the second round, New York chose defenseman Michael Sauer from the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the 40th overall selection. Michael's older brother Kurt was Colorado's fifth choice, 88th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft and skated in 69 games for the Avalanche in 2003-04. After trading the 45th pick to the Montreal Canadiens for the 56th and 66th selections, New York tabbed right wing Marc-Andre Cliche from the Lewiston MAINEiacs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) at the 56th position and then center Brodie Dupont from the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League (WHL) at 66. The Rangers finished the third round by choosing defenseman Dalyn Flatt of the Saskatoon Blades (WHL) in the 77th position.

New York selected Saginaw Spirit (OHL) center Tom Pyatt in the fourth round, 107th overall. In the fifth round, the Rangers used the 147th overall pick to select defenseman Trevor Koverko of the Owen Sound Attack (OHL). Left Wing Greg Beller of Lake of the Woods High School in Minnesota was selected 178th overall. For the club's final choice of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, New York picked Kootenay Ice (WHL) center Ryan Russell with the 211th pick.

Overall, the Rangers selected four defenseman, five forwards, eight Canadian Hockey League players, one high school player, one American and eight Canadians. The average weight of the Rangers draft picks was 190 pounds, while the average height of the 2005 New York draft class was 6-1.

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