The estimable Josh Thomson has “this profile”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070622/SPORTS01/706220400/1034/SPORTS of New Rochelle native Kevin Shattenkirk, a defenseman out of the U.S. National Development Team whose stock has quietly risen in recent weeks.
Feel free to be skeptical of any first round draft picks with local ties seeing how one, “Hugh Jessiman”:http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/draft2007/columns/story?id=2910106 has proven to be a bust, while another, Bobby Sanguinetti, is still a work-in-progress.
It’s unlikely to be an issue anyway. For one, scouting head Gordie Clark (a UNH product, by the way, which immediately makes him a genius) has already made clear the Rangers are more interested in forwards; and two, Shattenkirk will probably have already been snagged by the time the 17th pick rolls around.
Of course, as Josh notes, the Rangers did work the defenseman out at the Training Center recently, and Shattenkirk said it’d be a dream to play his home games at the Garden. That’s got to count for something, right? Hello? Anyone?