The Rangers announced the selection of Kootenay Ice (WHL) goaltender Dan Blackburn with their first round draft pick, selected 10th overall at the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Blackburn posted a 33-14-2 record, along with a 2.77 goals against average in 50 games last season. He was a finalist for the 2001 WHL Goaltender of the Year Award.
"It feels great to be selected by the Rangers," noted Blackburn moments after being selected. "They have a great tradition in New York being an original six team and I'm just really happy to be part of the organization."
Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather was very pleased with the selection of the talented goaltender.
"Dan Blackburn grew up in Alberta and I've known about him for a long time," said Sather. "I've watched his progress and development and we're excited to add him to the organization. He's a great goaltender. We had him rated as the top goaltender in the draft and we're excited to have him in New York."
SCOUTING REPORT ON DAN BLACKBURN: A good skater with excellent flexibility, agility and lateral movement ... Plays a semi-butterfly style and has an extremely quick recovery from scrambles ... His strong angle play and technique make him appear bigger than he is ... Has a very quick glove hand and good overall rebound control ... Makes effective use of the paddle-down technique in close and on wrap-arounds ... Handles the puck well to set up the defensemen or to pass up to forwards ... Is very good at challenging the shooter ... A very consistent goaltender who is strong in his crease ... A very focused competitor who has a business-like approach to the game ... A big-game goaltender.