Just got off the phone with Rangers director of player personnel Gordie Clark, who as a former UNH Wildcat, is obviously the smartest member of the team’s front office.
A couple of nuggets:
“That option is always there and in most cases you need your second round pick, and we have it,” Clark said.
“A lot of it’s projection in the NHL, and with the character and skill and the maturity the other three have, they’re going to project he’s going to have that, too,” Clark said.
It would be a stretch for the Rangers to snag Staal seeing how the forward is ranked outside the top 30 by most scouting services. But he also may have more of an upside since he’s still fairly early in his development, especially since, as Clark noted, he didn’t play much at all his first season of juniors.