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Rangers make seven selections in Entry Draft

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather, along with Director of Player Personnel, Gordie Clark, oversaw the club’s activity in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft on Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27 at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

The club, which held seven picks in the draft, selected four forwards, two defensemen and one goalie.

The Rangers began the draft Friday by selecting forward Chris Kreider with the 19th overall pick.  The 6-2, 205-pounder skated in 26 games with Phillips Academy in Andover of the New England Prep School Ice Hockey Association (HS-MA) this past season, registering 33 goals and 23 assists for 56 points, along with 10 penalty minutes.

He led Andover in goals (33), assists (23) and points (56).  He also finished sixth among all high school players in point per game average, scoring at a rate of 2.15 points per game.  Kreider entered the 2009 NHL Entry Draft as the highest ranked high school player, and 14th overall among North American skaters according to the final Central Scouting Rankings.  The selection marked just the second time in the last six years the Rangers have chosen a forward with their first pick in the draft.

On Saturday, New York chose forward Ethan Werek from Kingston of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in the second round with the 47th overall selection.  Werek finished fifth in OHL rookie scoring with 64 points this past season, while his 32 goals ranked second in the league among first year players.  He was also selected as an Eastern Conference All-Star, and notched two goals in the 2008-09 OHL All-Star Classic.

In the third round at the 80th position, the Rangers tabbed USA U-18 (USDP) forward Ryan Bourque, son of Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Ray Bourque.  Bourque helped Team USA capture the gold medal at the 2009 Under-18 World Championships in Fargo-Moorhead, recording one goal and six assists for seven points in seven games. The Blueshirts then selected forward Roman Horak of HC Ceske Budejovice Jr. in the Czech U-20 League with the 127th overall pick in the fifth round.

With their second pick in the fifth round, New York drafted goaltender Scott Stajcer of the Owen Sound Attack (OHL) with the 140th overall selection.  With their final two picks of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the Rangers chose a pair of defensemen in Daniel Maggio of the Sudbury Wolves (OHL) at 170th overall in the sixth round and Mikhail Pashnin of HC Mechel (RUS-2) at the 200 spot in the seventh round.

Overall, the Rangers selected four forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender, five from North American junior hockey leagues and two from European hockey leagues, and three Canadians, two Americans and two Europeans.  The average weight of the Rangers draft picks was 194 pounds, while the average height of the 2009 New York draft class was 6-1.
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