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Rangers Trade Up to Nab Defenseman K'Andre Miller

Blueliner comes from US National Team Development Program

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

DALLAS -- There's few better ways for an organization to show they want their guy in a draft than trading up to select him.

And that's what the Rangers did Friday night when they flipped picks 26 and 48 to Ottawa to select defenseman K'Andre Miller.

The gesture was appreciated by Miller, an 18-year-old defenseman out of the U.S. National Team Development Program.

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Rangers Take Russia Forward Vitali Kravtsov Ninth at 2018 Draft

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

DALLAS -- Few players, if any, closed out the 2017-18 season stronger than winger Vitali Kravtsov, the Rangers' ninth overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

"I'm so happy," Kravtsov said of being taken by the Rangers, about two months after his historic playoff run with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the Kontinental Hockey League.

The 18-year-old turned in a postseason for the ages, recording six goals and five assists for 11 points in 16 contests, putting him in exclusive KHL company.

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Season in Review: Filip Chytil

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

How would forward Filip Chytil sum up last season, his first in North America with the Rangers, the team that drafted him 21st overall 12 months ago?

"It was the best season of my life," Chytil said with a laugh.

The 18-year-old did just about everything this past year, starting with last year's draft and leading to his NHL debut after making the Blueshirts out of training camp, something that took even Chytil by surprise.

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Season in Review: Lias Andersson

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

How would Lias Andersson describe the last four weeks?

"It's been one of the best months ever," the 19-year-old said in an interview with NYRangers.com.

It's hard to believe otherwise, as the seventh overall pick from last year's draft suited up for his home country of Sweden on its way to its second straight World Championship title. In the weeks since its victory over Switzerland to capture gold, Andersson and his teammates have been riding high relishing in their accomplishment.

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Season in Review: Tim Gettinger

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Forward Tim Gettinger went into what could be his final season in the Ontario Hockey League with the goal of improving on the previous season, not just individually but collectively with his Sault Ste. Marie teammates.

"I think all around it was a great year for not just me but the team," Gettinger told NYRangers.com. "We had a really good team and we went far in the playoffs.

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Season in Review: Igor Shesterkin

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Igor Shesterkin has won a lot more games than he's lost over the last two seasons with SKA of the Kontinental Hockey League.

In 67 games over the previous two campaigns, Shesterkin has found a W next his name in the box score 55 times, with just six regulation defeats to his name.

So, when Nick Bobrov, the Rangers' Director of European Scouting, said Shesterkin never has an off night, he's telling the truth.

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Season in Review: Libor Hajek

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

It was a season filled with unique experiences for defenseman Libor Hajek.

He shined for his native Czech Republic at the 2018 World Junior Championship tournament in Buffalo, and was immediately dealt by the Saskatoon Blades to the powerhouse Regina Pats in the Western Hockey League.

Just under two months later, he was involved in another move, this time going to the New York Rangers from Tampa Bay at the NHL trade deadline.

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Season in Review: Sean Day

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Defenseman Sean Day went into his final year of junior hockey with the goal of being a leader for his young teammates both on and off the ice.

"I've always wanted to be a leader on the ice," Day told NYRangers.com after the Kingston Frontenacs' season ended in the Ontario Hockey League's Conference Final to eventual champion Hamilton. "I've never been a good locker room hype man. This year was a little bit different. I was one of four players on the team that had the experience of winning a Memorial Cup. Us four played a big role inside and outside the locker room. I did take a big step in that role, which is huge when you want to move to the next level."

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Season in Review: Brandon Crawley

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Brandon Crawley's stint with the Rangers got off to a bang in September when he scored a goal in his first preseason game, in his home state of New Jersey no less.

The positive experience of that training camp led nicely into the regular season, his first as a pro in Hartford after three years with London (OHL). It's been about learning and maturing both on and off the ice for the 21-year-old, and the results are positive.

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Season in Review: Ryan Gropp

by Matt Calamia @MattCalamia / NYRangers.com

Ryan Gropp knows how to produce offensively. He did it for four seasons with Seattle of the Western Hockey League that included a league championship in 2017.

But with his junior career behind him and his first season of professional hockey in the rearview mirror, Gropp said he has a better understanding of how important strong play away from the offensive zone is to having success at the next level.

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