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Rangers Make Eight Selections in 2019 NHL Entry Draft

Blueshirts select five forwards and three defensemen

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

During the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, which was held at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22, the Rangers selected eight players. With their eight picks in the Draft, the Blueshirts selected five forwards and three defensemen.

The Rangers entered the 2019 NHL Entry Draft with the second overall pick. The Blueshirts selected second or higher in the Draft for only the third time since the NHL Amateur/Entry Draft's inception in 1963 and for the first time since 1966, when the team chose Brad Park with the second overall pick.

On Friday, the Rangers used the second overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft to select forward Kaapo Kakko. Kakko, 18, skated in 45 games with TPS of Liiga (Finnish Elite League) this past season, registering 22 goals and 16 assists for 38 points, along with a plus-one rating and 10 penalty minutes. Kakko's 22 goals in 2018-19 were the most any U18 player has registered in one season in the history of Finland's top league, breaking the record of 21 set by Aleksander Barkov in 2012-13. The 6-2, 194-pounder was named the Rookie of the Year in Liiga in 2018-19.

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Rangers Select Kaapo Kakko

Blueshirts select 6-2, 194-pound forward with the second overall pick of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

With the second overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the Rangers selected forward Kaapo Kakko.

Kakko, 18, skated in 45 games with TPS of Liiga (Finnish Elite League) this past season, registering 22 goals and 16 assists for 38 points, along with a plus-one rating and 10 penalty minutes. Kakko's 22 goals in 2018-19 were the most any U18 player has registered in one season in the history of Finland's top league, breaking the record of 21 set by Aleksander Barkov in 2012-13. In addition, Kakko's 38 points this past season were the third-most in one season by a U18 player in the history of Finland's top league, trailing only Barkov (48 in 2012-13) and Mikael Granlund (40 in 2009-10).

The 6-2, 194-pounder was named the Rookie of the Year in Liiga in 2018-19. Kakko tied for sixth in Liiga (and led all rookies) in goals during the past season. He also tied for second in the league in game-winning goals (seven). Kakko led TPS in goals and game-winning goals, tied for second on the team in shot attempts (228), and tied for third in points this past season, and he also ranked second among team forwards in average ice time in 2018-19 (18:11). He ranked third among all Liiga rookies (and led Liiga rookie forwards) in average ice time during the past season. Kakko also skated in five games with TPS during the 2019 Playoffs, registering four goals and one assist for five points. His four goals during the 2019 Playoffs were tied for the second-most by a U18 player in one year in the history of Liiga (Patrik Laine holds the record - 10 during the 2016 Playoffs). Kakko tied for fourth among all players in Liiga - and led all rookies in the league - in goals during the playoffs this past year. Including the playoffs, he registered 20 points (14 goals, six assists) over his final 18 games of the season.

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Rangers Scheduled to Make Eight Selections in 2019 NHL Entry Draft

Blueshirts hold second overall selection for the first time since 1966

by New York Rangers @NYRangers

Entering the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, which takes place at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia on Friday, June 21 and Saturday, June 22, the New York Rangers are scheduled to make eight selections. New York currently has one pick in the first round, two picks in the second round, and one pick each in the third round, fourth round, fifth round, sixth round, and seventh round.

On April 9, 2019, the Rangers won the second overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft through the NHL's Draft Lottery. New York won a lottery pick (first, second, or third overall) for the first time since the inception of the Draft Lottery. By securing the second overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the Rangers are picking second or higher in the Draft for only the third time since the NHL Amateur/Entry Draft's inception in 1963. Prior to 2019, the last time the Rangers had the second overall pick or higher was in 1966, when the Blueshirts selected Brad Park with the second overall pick.         

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Rangers Announce 2019 Pre-Season Schedule

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The New York Rangers announced their 2019 pre-season schedule today. During the pre-season, the Blueshirts will play three games at Madison Square Garden and six contests in 11 days. The start time for all six games is 7:00 p.m.

The Rangers will play against three Metropolitan Division opponents during the pre-season: New Jersey, the NY Islanders, and Philadelphia. The Blueshirts begin the pre-season with a home-and-home set against the Devils on Wednesday, September 18 at MSG and Friday, September 20 at Prudential Center. After the Rangers' contest in New Jersey on September 20, the team will travel to Philadelphia to complete a back-to-back set on Saturday, September 21 at Wells Fargo Center.

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Rangers Acquire Jacob Trouba

Blueshirts trade Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft to Winnipeg

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New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Jacob Trouba from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

Trouba, 25, skated in 82 games with Winnipeg this past season, registering eight goals and 42 assists for 50 points, along with a plus-eight rating and 58 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2018-19, including games played, assists, and points. Trouba was tied for ninth among NHL defensemen in assists during the past season (tied with Erik Karlsson and Victor Hedman), and he also ranked 13th among NHL defensemen in points during the season. Of the 13 NHL defensemen who recorded 50 or more points in 2018-19, Trouba received the least amount of power play ice time during the season (168:52; next lowest was Thomas Chabot - 205:41). In addition, Trouba's 42 assists were the second-most by an NHL defenseman 25 years old or younger this past season (trailing only Morgan Rielly), and his 50 points were the third-most by an NHL defenseman 25 years old or younger (trailing only Rielly and Chabot). He also ranked sixth in the NHL in blocked shots in 2018-19 (171).

The 6-3, 202-pounder led the Jets in total ice time (1,876:00), total shorthanded ice time (201:57), and blocked shots, ranked second in average ice time (22:53) and average shorthanded ice time (2:28), tied for second in power play assists (15), ranked third in assists and even strength assists (25), and tied for fourth in points (50; tied with Patrik Laine) in 2018-19. Trouba tallied 35 points (five goals, 30 assists) over the final 44 games of the regular season. He helped Winnipeg advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs during the past season, and he recorded one assist in six playoff contests.

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Rangers Agree to Terms With Defenseman Tarmo Reunanen

Rangers' fourth-round pick in 2016 NHL Entry Draft signs entry-level contract

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New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Tarmo Reunanen on an entry-level contract.

Reunanen, 21 (turned 21 years old on March 1), skated in 58 games with Lukko in Liiga this past season, registering six goals and 19 assists for 25 points, along with 40 penalty minutes. He established Liiga career-highs in several categories in 2018-19, including games played, goals, assists, and points. Reunanen led Liiga defensemen in their U21 season or younger in goals and points, and he also ranked second among Liiga defensemen in their U21 season or younger in assists in 2018-19. Reunanen is one of five Liiga defensemen who have recorded at least 25 points during the regular season in either their U21 season or younger since 2009-10 (along with Sami Vatanen, Esa Lindell, Ville Pokka, and Sami Niku). In addition, he ranked 12th among all players in Liiga - and ranked second among players in their U21 season or younger - in average ice time in 2018-19 (21:14). Reunanen logged at least 24:00 of ice time in 19 of his final 31 regular season games, including 12 consecutive games from Dec. 11 to Jan. 17.

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Rangers Agree to Terms With Defenseman Yegor Rykov

22-year-old signs entry-level contract

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New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Yegor Rykov on an entry-level contract.

Rykov, 22 (turned 22 years old on April 14), skated in 47 games with HC Sochi of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) this past season, registering three goals and six assists for nine points, along with eight penalty minutes. Among KHL defensemen younger than 22 years old, Rykov tied for second in points, tied for third in goals and assists, and tied for fifth in games played in 2018-19. He tied for second on HC Sochi in average ice time this past season (19:24), and he was also tied for second among team defensemen in goals in 2018-19. Rykov tallied seven of his nine points during the season over his final 20 regular season games (two goals, five assists in those 20 contests).

The 6-3, 225-pounder also skated in six games during the 2019 Gagarin Cup Playoffs with HC Sochi, recording three assists. Rykov led KHL defensemen younger than 22 years old in assists and points in the playoffs. He led HC Sochi in average ice time (21:36) in the playoffs, and he logged at least 23:00 of ice time in four of the six games. Rykov ranked second on HC Sochi in assists and tied for third on the team in points in the playoffs, and he led defensemen on the team in both categories.

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John Davidson Named Rangers President

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The Madison Square Garden Company Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer James L. Dolan announced today that John Davidson has been named Rangers President.

"Today is the start of a new and exciting chapter in New York Rangers history," Mr. Dolan said. "John Davidson is one of the premier executives in the National Hockey League. As we continue to build a team that can consistently compete for the Stanley Cup, John's knowledge of the game and his experience and passion for the Rangers logo make him the ideal choice to oversee our Hockey Operations department. I am thrilled to welcome "JD" and his family home."

"I am excited and humbled to be named the President of the New York Rangers," Davidson said. "The opportunity of rejoining the Rangers organization and returning home to New York, where my family and I have spent so many wonderful years, was one I simply could not pass up. I want to thank James Dolan for offering me this chance to come home. I would also like to thank John P. McConnell for the opportunity to join the Blue Jackets organization in 2012, his guidance, support, and friendship over the last seven years, and for allowing my family and me to embark on this new journey with the Rangers. Additionally, I would like to thank the St. Louis Blues organization for giving me an opportunity to join their front office in 2006 and spend six fantastic years there."    

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Jim Schoenfeld Steps Down

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Rangers Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager Jim Schoenfeld stepped down from his position today.

"In nearly two decades with the Rangers, Jim made an impact on every level of the organization," Rangers President Glen Sather said. "His tireless efforts and contributions were vital to the extended run of success we experienced during his tenure in New York."

Schoenfeld was a member of the Rangers organization for 17 seasons (2002-03 - 2018-19), dating back to when he was named an Assistant Coach with the Blueshirts on June 12, 2002. During his tenure in the Rangers organization, he served in several capacities, including as an Assistant Coach with the Rangers, the Rangers' Assistant General Manager, the General Manager of the Rangers' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate (either the Hartford Wolf Pack or the Connecticut Whale), and the Wolf Pack's Head Coach. He served eight seasons as the Rangers' Assistant General Manager, Player Personnel prior to being promoted to Senior Vice President and Assistant General Manager on July 1, 2015.

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Six Rangers to Participate in the 2019 IIHF World Championship

Henrik Lundqvist, Filip Chytil, Alexandar Georgiev, Chris Kreider, Brady Skjei, and Adam Fox will represent their respective countries in the tournament; Chris Drury serving as General Manager for the United States

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Six New York Rangers players will represent their respective countries in the 2019 IIHF World Championship. Henrik Lundqvist (Sweden), Filip Chytil (Czech Republic), Alexandar Georgiev (Russia), Chris Kreider (United States), Brady Skjei (United States), and Adam Fox (United States) will represent their respective countries in the tournament, which takes place in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia from May 10 to May 26.

Lundqvist will represent Sweden at the IIHF World Championship for the sixth time (2003 - did not appear in a game, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2017, 2019). He helped Sweden earn a gold medal at the 2017 IIHF World Championship, as he posted a 5-0-0 record, along with a 1.31 GAA and a .946 SV% in five appearances in the tournament. Lundqvist led all goaltenders in GAA and SV% during the 2017 IIHF World Championship. He earned a silver medal at the 2004 IIHF World Championship, as he posted a 1.64 GAA and a .925 SV% in eight appearances, and he was named to the Tournament All-Star Team. He was a member of Sweden's silver medal-winning team at the 2003 IIHF World Championship.

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