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Rangers Select Nils Lundkvist

Blueshirts select 17-year-old defenseman with the 28th overall pick of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft

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With the third of three first round selections in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, the New York Rangers selected defenseman Nils Lundkvist with the 28th overall pick.

Lundkvist, 17 (turns 18 years old on July 27), split this past season between Lulea in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) and Lulea's junior team in SuperElit. He skated in 28 SHL games with Lulea, registering two goals and three assists for five points, along with a plus-two rating. He ranked third among SHL players younger than 18 years old in goals and points in 2017-18, trailing only Rasmus Dahlin and David Gustafsson, and he also tied for third among SHL players younger than 18 years old in assists. Lundkvist was one of only 10 defensemen younger than 18 years old who skated in at least one SHL game during the past season, and his 28 games played were tied for the second-most among SHL defensemen younger than 18 years old in 2017-18 (Dahlin - 41). He averaged 16:00 of ice time in his 28 SHL games and posted a plus/minus rating of even or better in 22 of the 28 contests. Lundkvist made his SHL debut on Oct. 26, 2017 against Malmo, and he tallied his first career SHL goal/point on Dec. 30, 2017 against Skelleftea. In addition, he skated in two SHL playoff contests with Lulea.

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Rangers Select K'Andre Miller

Blueshirts select 6-3, 199-pound defenseman with the 22nd overall pick of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft

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After acquiring the 22nd overall pick of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft in a trade with the Ottawa Senators, the New York Rangers selected defenseman K'Andre Miller.

Miller, 18, skated in 58 regular season and tournament games with the U.S. National U18 Team in the United States Development Program (USNTDP) this past season, registering nine goals and 20 assists for 29 points, along with a plus-23 rating and 26 penalty minutes. He ranked third among defensemen on the U.S. National U18 Team in goals, points, and plus/minus rating in 2017-18. In addition, Miller skated in 22 games with Team USA in the United States Hockey League (USHL) during the past season, registering 16 points (four goals, 12 assists) and a plus-13 rating. He led all defensemen on Team USA (min. two games played) - and ranked fifth among USHL defensemen - in points per game in 2017-18 (0.73). Miller was named the USHL Defenseman of the Week on Nov. 20, as he posted back-to-back, three-point games on Nov. 17 at Youngstown (three assists) and on Nov. 18 vs. Central Illinois (two goals, one assist). In September of 2017, he participated in the 2017 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game.

 

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Rangers Select Vitali Kravtsov

Blueshirts select 6-3, 184-pound forward with the ninth overall pick of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft

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With the first of three first round selections in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, the New York Rangers selected forward Vitali Kravtsov with the ninth overall pick.

Kravtsov, 18, received the Alexei Cherepanov Award as the Kontinental Hockey League's Rookie of the Year in 2017-18. In 16 games with Traktor Chelyabinsk during the 2018 Gagarin Cup Playoffs, Kravtsov registered six goals and five assists for 11 points. Kravtsov's 11 points were the most a KHL junior player (younger than 20 years old) has registered in one playoff year in the league's history, eclipsing the previous record of nine held by Evgeny Kuznetsov and Valeri Nichushkin. In addition, Kravtsov's six goals in the 2018 Gagarin Cup Playoffs were tied for the second-most a KHL junior player has recorded in one playoff year in the league's history. Other than Kravtsov, the only three KHL players younger than 20 years old who have tallied six or more goals in one playoff year are Kuznetsov (seven), Nichushkin (six), and Eeli Tolvanen (six). In addition, the 18-year-old Kravtsov became one of only three players younger than 22 years old in KHL history to register at least 11 points in one playoff year (Vladimir Tarasenko - 16 points as a 21-year-old; Kuznetsov - 11 points as a 20-year-old). Including the Russian Superleague (RSL), which was in existence from 1992-93 - 2007-08, Kravtsov's 11 points in the 2018 Gagarin Cup Playoffs were tied for the third-most by a teenager in one playoff year since 1992-93. Since 1992-93, the only teenagers who recorded more points than Kravtsov in one playoff year in Russia's highest league of professional hockey are Maxim Afinogenov (16 in 1998-99) and Evgeni Malkin (15 in 2005-06), and he is tied for first among 18-year-olds in points in one playoff year over the span.

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Rangers Announce 2018-19 Schedule

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The New York Rangers announced their 2018-19 regular season schedule today. The Blueshirts will begin their 92nd NHL season on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 against the Nashville Predators at Madison Square Garden. The Rangers are beginning the regular season at home for the third consecutive season and for the 27th time in franchise history. The last time the Rangers began three or more consecutive seasons with a home game was a seven-season stretch from 1981-82 - 1987-88.

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The Rangers will play a total of 28 games against Metropolitan Division opponents this season, as they face each of the other seven teams in the Metropolitan Division (Carolina, Columbus, New Jersey, NY Islanders, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington) four times apiece. New York will play 24 games against teams in the Atlantic Division, facing each of its eight Atlantic Division opponents three times apiece. The Rangers will play two home games against four Atlantic Division opponents (Florida, Montreal, Ottawa, and Tampa Bay) and two road games against four Atlantic Division opponents (Boston, Buffalo, Detroit, and Toronto). The Blueshirts will play 30 games against Western Conference opponents, facing each of the 15 teams in the Western Conference twice in 2018-19.

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Rangers Announce 2018 Pre-season Schedule

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The New York Rangers announced their 2018 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 three games at MSG 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 on Monday, September 17 against the Devils at Prudential Center and will play their first home game of the pre-season on Wednesday, September 19 vs. Philadelphia.

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Rangers Agree to Terms With Marek Mazanec

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New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent goaltender Marek Mazanec on a one-year contract.

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David Quinn Named Rangers Head Coach

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New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has named David Quinn the team's new Head Coach.

"I am very pleased to welcome David Quinn to the New York Rangers," said James Dolan, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Madison Square Garden Company. "David brings a diverse and successful coaching resume that includes extensive work in developing young talent. I am confident he is an excellent fit for our team, and know he will work tirelessly with Glen, Jeff and our entire organization to execute our plan to build the next Rangers Stanley Cup contending team."

"We are excited to announce that David will become the next Head Coach of the New York Rangers," Gorton said. "In a coaching career that has spanned over two decades at the collegiate, pro, and international level, David has helped his teams achieve success while simultaneously teaching the game and helping his players develop on and off the ice. He is the ideal choice to bring our loyal and passionate fans the winning hockey they deserve."

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Rangers Agree to Terms With Forward Ville Meskanen

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New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Ville Meskanen.

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Rangers Agree to Terms with forward Michael Lindqvist

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New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Michael Lindqvist.

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Alain Vigneault Relieved of Coaching Duties

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New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that Head Coach Alain Vigneault has been relieved of his coaching duties.

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