The New York Rangers’ crazy first-round continues with the No.28 overall pick.
Despite already having a talented NHL roster and high-end prospects in their system, the Rangers are really putting themselves in a nice position with the 2018 draft.
We have them selecting Adam Boqvist with the No.9 overall pick—their own selection—Dominik Bokk with the No.26 pick—the Boston Bruins pick from the Rick Nash trade and now this pick is from the Tampa Bay Lightning as a part of the Ryan McDonagh/J.T. Miller deal.
With the No.28 Overall Pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, the New York Islanders select…
Ty Dellandrea — C — Canada ????????
In his second season with the Flint Firebirds, assistant captain Ty Dellandrea scored 27 goals with 32 assists (59 points) in 67 games. After taking a dynamic defenseman and playmaking winger with their first two picks, a two-way centre with offensive flair makes perfect sense with their third selection.
Dellandrea is the type of player you want on your team. He possesses decent size (6-foot, 183 lbs.) and works his tail off on every shift. What sets him apart from other two-way centres, is his offensive game. Despite playing on the worst team in the OHL’s Western Conference, Dellandrea was able to raise his draft stock by leading the team in goals and finishing second in points.
The limited stats hurt his scout rankings, but Dellandrea has the potential to be a steal in this draft. Centres like Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Barrett Hayton, Joe Veleno, and Rasmus Kupari may come off the board before him, but he’s every bit as talented.
I’m sure most Rangers fans would be very happy with this outcome. Regardless, with three picks in the first round, they should walk away with three impact NHLers.
“Brings a perfect mix of skill and grit to the ice, Dellandrea has all the tools to be a pro in the very near future. Offensive instincts are off the charts, and he competes at a very high level, sacrificing his body to make a play. Potential top-25 pick in 2018.”— Future Considerations
“If there was one prospect who I was actively rooting for from a fan’s perspective, it was this two-way center whose solid season in terms of draft rankings has gone relatively unnoticed. Dellandrea is a big kid with above-average puck skills, but there’s a lot more to his game than just scoring. Positioning for forwards is something often overlooked, but Dellandrea is one of the smarter centers in that regard.” — Steve Kournianos (SportingNews)
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