Sunday, June 30, 2013

NHL Draft Day Snap Shots: Rangers, Flyers, Islanders, Devils

The New York Rangers are unlikely to make any transactions during today's draft, according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post.   The Rangers aren't slated to select until the 65th overall pick today.

The Philadelphia Flyers will be looking to draft a big, physical defenseman reports Sam Carchidi on philly.com.  The Flyers would like to pick Darnell Nurse, but it's thought that he will be off the board by the time they select at 11th overall.   Also on their radar is Rasmus Ristolainen out of Finland.  According to the talent analysis of Ristolainen at Hockey's Future, he looks to fit the Flyers' needs:
Rasmus Ristolainen has the size, skating ability and shooting and stick handling skills that make him an outstanding offensive defenseman prospect.
The New York Islanders will have their first non-lottery draft pick in six years, due to their success in making the playoffs, reports Arthur Staple at newsday.com.  The Islanders may be looking for a goaltender as current netminder Evgeni Nabakov is a free agent and may not be back.  A potential target for the Islanders will be the number one ranked North American goalie in the draft, Zachary Fucale.  

Tom Gulitti writes on his Fire and Ice blog that highly rated defenseman, and nephew of NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb, Darnell Nurse, would like to work with New Jersey Devils' assistant coach Scott Stevens if selected at number nine overall:
“I love the Devils,” he said. “Ever since I was young, they were my favorite team, especially Scott Stevens when they won the Cup. They’ve always been my favorite.” 

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