Three recent Rangers draft picks were chosen by Canadian Hockey League teams at last week's CHL Import Draft. All three now have the option of continuing their careers in North American major-junior hockey this fall rather than returning to their European club teams.Lukas Zeliska
, the Blueshirts' seventh-round pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, was the first of the Rangers draftees to be selected by a CHL team. He was chosen 11th overall by the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League.
Zeliska, who played for Trinec of the Czech league, hails from Slovakia. Raiders general manager Donn Clark said the team hopes to have him play either center or right wing.
The Ranger draftee chosen was center David Kveton
at No. 13. Kveton, the Rangers' fourth-round choice in Vancouver, was selected by the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Last season, Kveton played for HC Vsetin of the Czech league.
Tomas Zaborsky, the Blueshirts' fifth-rounder, was chosen 36th overall by the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League. A left winger, Zaborsky spent the 2005-096 season with his hometown Trencin team in the Slovakia league. He would become the second recent Rangers draftee to play for the Spirit, joining 2005 pick Tom Pyatt.