From the Rangers:
RANGERS MAKE SIX SELECTIONS IN 2011 NHL DRAFT
Blueshirts select 4 forwards and 2 defensemen
New York, June 25, 2011 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather, along with Director of Player Personnel, Gordie Clark, oversaw the club’s activity in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The club, which held six picks in the draft, selected four forwards and two defensemen.
The Rangers began the draft Friday by selecting forward J.T. Miller with the 15th overall pick. The 6-1, 200-pounder led Team USA in scoring with 13 points in six tournament contests en route to capturing the gold medal at the 2011 IIHF U-18 World Junior Championship in Germany. He was selected by tournament coaches as Team USA’s top player during the elite tournament after leading Team USA in points and assists (nine), and finishing second on the team in goals (four) and plus/minus rating (plus-eight). Miller skated in 48 games with the U.S. National Under-18 Team (USHL) last season, registering 11 goals and 26 assists for 37 points, along with 80 penalty minutes. He established USHL career-highs in games played, assists, points, and penalty minutes, and ranked third on the team in points, and second in assists and penalty minutes. The East Palestine, Ohio native entered the 2011 NHL Entry Draft as the third-highest ranked U.S.-born skater and 23rd overall among North American skaters in the final Central Scouting Rankings.
The second day of the draft began with a trade for New York, sending forward Evgeny Grachev to St. Louis in exchange for a third round choice (72nd overall). The Rangers selected Edina Hornets (High-MN) forward Steven Fogarty with the pick. Fogarty led the Hornets with career-highs in goals (23), points (40), plus/minus rating (plus-14), game-winning goals (four), and shorthanded goals (two), tied for second with a career-high in assists (17), and third in power play goals (three). He recorded a career-high, nine multi-point performances, including three hat tricks. He notched a career-high, four goals, and added two assists to tie his career-high with six points on January 27 vs. Hopkins. The Chambersburg, Pennsylvania native also led the Hornets with 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in six playoff games en route to a fourth-place finish in the High-MN Class AA State Tournament.
In the fourth round at the 106th position, the Rangers tabbed Winnipeg, Manitoba native Michael St. Croix from the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings. St. Croix established career-highs in games played (68), goals (27), assists (48), points (75), power play goals (nine), penalty minutes (48), and plus/minus rating (plus-28) last season. He led the Oil Kings in assists, ranked second in points and power play goals, and third in goals and plus/minus rating. The 5-11, 179-pounder was ranked as high as 36th overall among North American skaters in the Central Scouting midterm rankings.
The Blueshirts held a pair of picks in the fifth round, selecting forward Shane McColgan with the 134th overall choice and defenseman Samuel Noreau with the 136th overall selection. McColgan registered 21 goals and 45 assists for 66 points, along with 62 penalty minutes in 67 games with the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) last season. He led Kelowna in points, ranked second in assists and fifth in goals. Noreau tallied 10 points (five goals, five assists) and 141 penalty minutes in 67 games with Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL) last season. The 6-5, 215-pounder ranked seventh in the league and second on Baie-Comeau in penalty minutes. New York closed out their 2011 draft by selecting Trencin Jr. (Slovakia-JR.) defenseman Peter Ceresnak in the sixth round (172nd overall). The Rangers acquired the pick earlier in the day from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a sixth round selection in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Overall, the Rangers selected four forwards and two defensemen, three from Canadian junior hockey leagues, two from U.S. hockey leagues and one from a European hockey league, and three Americans, two Canadians and one European. The average weight of the Rangers draft picks was 195 pounds, while the average height of the 2011 New York draft class was 6’1”.
New York Rangers 2011 NHL Entry Draft Selections
Name Round Overall 2010-11 Team Pos. Ht. Wt. Born Birthplace
J.T. Miller 1 15 USA U-18 (USHL) C 6’1” 200 3/14/93 East Palestine, OH
Steve Fogarty 3 72 Edina HS (High-MN) C 6’3” 200 4/19/93 Chambersburg, PA
Michael St. Croix 4 106 Edmonton (WHL) C 5’11” 179 4/10/93 Winnipeg, MB
Shane McColgan 5 134 Kelowna (WHL) RW 5’9” 165 1/1/93 Torrace, CA
Samuel Noreau 5 136 Baie-Comeau (QMJHL) D 6’5” 215 1/31/93 Montreal, QC
Peter Ceresnak 6 172 Trencin Jr. (Slovakia-JR.) D 6’3” 209 1/26/93 Trencin, SVK
From the NHL:
NOTES FROM THE 2011 NHL ENTRY DRAFT
ST. PAUL, Minn. (June 25, 2011) — A total of 210 players from 14 countries were selected at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, which concluded today at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Following is a breakdown of Entry Draft selections by birthplace:
United States 64
Czech Republic 8
TRADES, JUNE 24 AND 25
June 24: Colorado traded D John-Michael Liles to Toronto for Bostonâ€™s 2nd-round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft (previously acquired).
June 24: Minnesota traded D Brent Burns and its 2nd-round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft to San Jose for RW Devin Setoguchi, C Charlie Coyle and San Jose’s 1st-round pick in 2011 (28th overall).
June 24: Chicago traded LW Troy Brouwer to Washington for Washington’s 1st-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft (26th overall).
June 24: Anaheim traded its 1st-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft (22nd overall) to Toronto for Boston’s 1st-round pick in 2011 (previously acquired, 30th overall) and Toronto’s 2nd-round pick in 2011 (39th overall).
June 24: Detroit traded its 1st-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft (24th overall) to Ottawa for Ottawa’s 2nd-round pick in 2011 (35th overall) and Chicago’s 2nd-round pick in 2011 (previously acquired, 48th overall).
June 25: Chicago traded D Brian Campbell to Florida for LW Rostislav Olesz.
June 25: Calgary traded D Robyn Regehr, RW Ales Kotalik and its 2nd-round pick in the 2012 Entry Draft to Buffalo for D Chris Butler and C Paul Byron.
June 25: Florida traded Montreal’s 2nd-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft (previously acquired, 47th overall) to San Jose for San Jose’s 2nd-round pick in 2011 (59th overall) and 3rd-round pick in 2012.
June 25: Columbus traded LW Nikita Filatov to Ottawa for Ottawa’s 3rd-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft (66th overall).
June 25: Vancouver traded its 2nd-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft (60th overall) to Minnesota for Minnesota’s 3rd-round pick in 2011 (71st overall) and 4th-round pick in 2011 (101st overall).
June 25: NY Rangers traded C Evgeny Grachev to St. Louis for St. Louis’ 3rd-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft (72nd overall).
June 25: Montreal traded its 3rd-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft (78th overall) to Winnipeg for Winnipeg’s 4th-round pick in 2011 (97th overall) and Montreal’s 4th-round pick in 2011 (previously acquired, 108th overall).
June 25: Nashville traded its 3rd-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft (82nd overall) to Los Angeles for Los Angeles’ 6th-round pick in 2011 (170th overall) and Toronto’s 3rd-round pick in 2012 (previously acquired).
June 25: New York Islanders traded D Bruno Gervais to Tampa Bay for future considerations.
June 25: San Jose traded its 4th-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft (119th overall) to Winnipeg for Carolina’s 5th-round pick in 2011 (previously acquired, 133rd overall) and Calgary’s 7th-round pick in 2011 (previously acquired, 194th overall).
June 25: Toronto traded its 6th-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft (160th overall) to Anaheim for Anaheim’s 6th-round pick in 2012.
June 25: Nashville traded its 6th-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft (172nd overall) to NY Rangers for the Rangers’ 6th-round pick in 2012.
June 25: Phoenix traded its 7th-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft (201st overall) to Tampa Bay for C Marc-Antoine Pouliot.