In anticipation of the Rangers' first No. 1 selection of the draft era, General Manager Jeff Gorton answered your questions about the draft, the club's strategy, its biggest needs and its expectations. Enjoy the Front Office Mailbag, presented by GEICO.
Have you had any initial conversations with Alexis Lafrenière and if so, what have those been like?
Jeff Gorton: We're really impressed with him. We've had a few Zooms with him. Obviously we've done our homework on him. We've talked to a lot of people around him, and he's a really humble kid that gives credit to everybody around him. He's a good family kid. He works really hard. He's really focused. Obviously he's in a different situation where he's been considered a high pick for a very long time; that's now extended into a few more months, so it's a little bit of a crazy process for him. But I think a lot of the kids in the top part of the draft, they're all great kids - really focused on what they're trying to do, and we've been nothing but impressed.
Are there specific needs you want to address in this draft?
Jeff Gorton: I think all teams probably have something they want to change. I think we talked a little bit when we came out of the bubble about how disappointed we were with with how we played, and we have to address some things. So we're certainly looking at our team every day and talking to teams and seeing what we can do to address those needs. I like the way we play. I like the way we try to play a fast game, a skill game, and I don't think we want to change that. I think we could add. If you look at the team that wins it all in Tampa and the adjustments they made to be a better team and to win in the playoffs, I think that we're pretty mindful of what they've done and have to keep an eye on that also.