The Rangers have given up on the Hugh Jessiman Experiment, trading the first round draft pick from 2003 to Nashville for future considerations.
Needless to say, given how high Jessiman was picked (12th overall) and how little they’re getting in return, this is an admission on the Rangers’ part that taking a chance on the Manhattan-born, Darien-raised Jessiman was a mistake.
Of the 30 players taken five years ago, Jessiman is the only player to never have appeared in an NHL game. (If you want to torture yourself with the names of players taken after Jessiman, here are a few: Zach Parise, Ryam Getzlaf, Mike Richards, and Brian Boyle)
Moreover, what Jessiman hoped would be a pivotal training camp for him this fall ended with him playing in just one preseason game (and not very well at that).
It’s too bad it never worked out since the 6-foot-6 Jessiman was at least putting in the time in trying to be a legitimate NHL power forward. But it was clear he had been surpassed by a number of forwards in the Rangers’ system, including the recently drafted Dale Weise.
Here’s hoping he gets a chance in Music City.