NHL.com is really making itself useful with wall-to-wall draft preview stuff, including several mock drafts.
The Rangers will host a first-round draft party. Here’s the press release from the NYR:
JOIN THE NEW YORK RANGERS FOR THE ULTIMATE NHL DRAFT VIEWING PARTY WITH TOP PROSPECTS CHRIS KREIDER, ETHAN WEREK AND RYAN BOURQUE
New York Rangers have the 10th overall selection
New York, June 16, 2010 – On June 25th the New York Rangers invite fans to come celebrate the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at the ultimate Blueshirts viewing party at The Hill in New York City. The event will feature a handful of special guests, including the Rangers top three draft picks from last year’s draft – Chris Kreider, Ethan Werek and Ryan Bourque – as well as Rangers alumnus, Nick Fotiu. Fans can win prizes and giveaways, while watching extensive coverage of the NHL Draft. Draft coverage will begin at 7:00 p.m., and admission is free. The event will be hosted by MSG Network’s Scott Lasky.
WHO: 2009 Rangers draft picks Chris Kreider, Ethan Werek and Ryan Bourque, and Rangers Alumnus Nick Fotiu.
WHAT: New York Rangers Host Ultimate 2010 NHL Draft Viewing Party.
WHEN: Friday, June 25th, 2010 — 6:30 p.m. (Draft coverage begins at 7:00 p.m.).
WHERE: The Hill. 416 Third Avenue, between 29th & 30th.
Before I forget, NHL.com also has a video put together by CBC in Canada, to the tune of one of my all-time fave songs, Smashing Pumpkins’ “Tonight, Tonight” highlighting the entire Stanley Cup tournament. Awesome stuff. Plenty of shots of Big Buff, too. Gotta love that.
As for those internet reports (rumors, actually, and bad ones) yesterday that Ryan McDonough has signed … he HAS NOT signed. That’s not to say he won’t. But he sure hasn’t.