The Rangers went with 6-foot, 168-pound Minnesota high school forward Derek Stepan with their 51st pick in the NHL draft. Stepan had 91 points in 54 games for power Shattuck-St. Mary’s. The Central Scouting Bureau had Stepan ranked 58th.
The Rangers have four more picks today. The only round they skip is the fourth, having dealt that pick at the trade deadline for Christian Backman.
Phoenix GM Don Maloney, who was instrumental in the Rangers trading up to to draft Marc Staal in the first round in 2005, took Jared Staal with the 49th pick.