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June 21, 2008


darn it ... I shall have to do something I normally don't do and that is REPOST ... Jess? You jinxed me!

Here are some off-beat stats on the kid:

Center. Shoots Right. 6'0", 168 lbs. Born: Hastings, Minnesota, USA, June 18, 1990.
Hometown: Hastings, Minnesota

· Will attend the University of Wisconsin in the fall of 2008.

· His dad, Brad, was selected 91st overall by the New York Rangers in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft – he played in the OHL for Sault Ste. Marie and Windsor.

· Patterns his game after Dallas Stars' Mike Modano – "I like the way he makes things happen and is just a natural goal scorer".

· Played on his first hockey team with the Hastings Mites and credits his dad for having had the most influence on his career – "I grew up around the game and loved it".

· Jumping rope is part of his pre-game routine and his most memorable hockey moment was winning the 2006-07 National Championships.

· His nickname is "Dstep" and if he wasn't playing hockey he would be a tap dancer.

· The most embarrassing song on his iPod is "Breaking Free" from High School Musical and the one thing he couldn't live without are his family and friends.

natural goal scorer i'll take that lol

We took another Center ... C EVGENY GRACHEV from Russia but I haven't been able to find out anything about him ...



· Scored the game-winning goal to help Russia beat Team Canada in round-robin play at the 2008 IIHF Under-18 World Championships. He finished the tournament with five points (2-3-5) in six games, helping Russia win a silver medal.

"Evgeny is a power forward with a good physical presence and ability to come up with the puck in traffic areas. He displays strong puck skills and the ability to make plays all over the ice, but needs to improve his acceleration and overall speed."

Grachev played well at the world's 18

Evgeny Grachev is a tempting project prospect due to his size, physical presence and offensive skills. The young forward is an above average skater.

Evgeni Grachev is a very promising prospect who would be a strong wild-card selection late in the first round or early in the second round.

this is his profile

Sounds as though Petrov is already making big money in Russia. Prolly a good thing we didn't take him.


Height: 6-3

Weight: 202

NOTES: Is the ninth-rated European skater by NHL Central Scouting...Has played
most of his hockey in the lower divisions of Russian professional hockey, but
was promoted to Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Super League for one game this past
season...Had a strong series for Team Russia at the 2008 World Junior
Championships in the Czech Republic, posting two goals and three assists in
six games for the bronze-medal winners...Has excellent size and above average
offensive weapons to go along with that build.

this is what i found when searching:

European Skater. Final Ranking: 9 Mid-term Ranking: 2

"Evgeny is a power forward with a good physical presence and ability to come up with the puck in traffic areas. He displays strong puck skills and the ability to make plays all over the ice, but needs to improve his acceleration and overall speed."

source: http://www.nhlentrydraft2008.com/featuredPlayersScoutingReport.aspx?type=sel&page=scouting&playerID=2009

i like this pick sounds like a good guy that we dont need to rush let him take a few years and we can mold him to how we want then let him play

i cant find much on the 3rd selection....

European Skater. Final Ranking: 12 Mid-term Ranking: 10 Trinec, CzRep

Defense. Shoots Right. 6'1", 180 lbs. Born: Prerov, Czechoslovakia, December 26, 1989.


Season Team League GP G A PTS PIM
2007-08 Trinec Czrep 14 0 1 1 10

rangers get another 3rd round pick from pitts,don't know trade yet and draft a czech defenceman ssTOMAS KUNDRATEK

Its actually from PHX i believe since PHX had that Pitt pick then it went to us

Tomas Kundratek

Position: D

Team (League): Trinec (Czech Republic)

Height: 6-1

Weight: 180

NOTES: Is the 12th-rated European skater by NHL Central Scouting and the fifth
defenseman on that list...Posted one assist in 14 games with HC Trinec of the
Extraliga, Czech Republic's top professional league...Had a goal in six games
for Team Czech Republic at the 2008 World Junior Championships.

The Draft is a total crapshoot! To get worked up about it is silly IMHO. But, when it comes down to the staff that chose Girardi, Callahan, Dubinsky, Staal and with a VERY late pick, Lundquivst, who will I trust??? Hmmmmmmm, lets think about this. Do I trust NHL professional scouts (and I realize that different people were in on different players during the past few years) OR, do I get worked up about the opinion of a person who is an AMATUER and has an AMATUER blog on the internet? Hmmmmmmmm, let's see, what a tough decision.

Not sure about you guys, but I am going to put my faith in the Rangers staff. They will have some hits and some misses as all staffs do, but I sure trust their professional judgment more than a blogger on the internet.

Any word on the trade

The Rangers have done much better over the past 4-5 drafts because of Tom Renney. He "fixed" the problem, increased the size of the scouting staff and brought in better people. We are not perfect, but much better. So once again we wait to see. I wish we would have gotten Niemi.

New pick Dale Wise. Any word? reports?

I like what I'm hearing about Grachev. I guess we'll see in about 3 - 4 years just how good a pick he was.

Rangers could have sleeper with Evgeny Grachev at No. 75...

The 6-3, 202 Russian center really slid down, but here's what THN has to say:

"He has the size all scouts love but it is his supreme skill level that could make him one of the sleepers of the 2008 selection process... may be the second-best Russian forward eligible for the '08 draft, behind Nikita Filatov, but rated ninth among International skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings... can play either wing position but projects mainly as a center in the NHL... has already expressed a lot of interest in moving to North America early, so he may play in the CHL in 2008-09.

Rangers now sit back until the fifth round...


from Rangersreview.com :Rangers traded up to #90 and took Tomas Kundratek

-”The 6-1, 180 pounder was a member of the Czech Republic’s world under-18 squad in 2007, and followed that up with an appearance for his country at the 2008 WJC in his home land. He produced one goal, two penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating in the tournament… has already appeared in 36 games in the Czech Republic Extraliga, and could be a full-time member of HC Trinec in 2008-09… has some offensive potential, sound instincts for the defense position and is also right-handed–an added bonus… ”

Is Prucha still with the team???

i've been watching the draft on NHL network and they have yet to talk about anything Ranger related.

The team took DALE WEISE Aug 5, 1988 WINNIPEG, MB CA 6' 2" 206 WHL SWIFT CURRENT RW in round 4 with pick 111 ... funny thing is that NHL.Com that they get this pick from themselves LOL

There's a Ranger blogger at the draft giving updates.


According to Rangerreview.com...
"The Predators swung their third trade of the day sending the 111th pick to the NY Rangers for the 201st pick and the Rangers’ fourth round pick next year. So apparently thats how we got Weise. Not sure how we got Kundratek."

Rangerreview and HF boards say
"Apparently Rangers dealt Bourret for the #90 pick, if so, just a disgusting move for the Rangers. You don’t give up on the kid so quickly. Give him at least 1 more season before you give up on him and move him for a 3rd rounder.gerreview and HF boards say" '

if it's true, boy...did Bourret really piss off the rangers last year when he showed up puff up at training camp...wow...

Rangers dealt Alex Bourret for the #90 pick.

Rangers take Chris Doyle in the 5th, a point a game player in the Q.


oh boy....

Chris Doyle: Can't skate. That's it.

Just look at the trade as: Dominic Moore -> Adam Hall -> Pascal Dupuis -> Alex Bourret->Tomas Kundratek

rangerreview says about Chris Doyle:
-”In his second QMJHL campaign, he placed second on the Rocket with 63 points in 63 games. He also finished second with 27 goals… participated in the 2008 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Edmonton… the 6-0, 193 pounder was rated 130th among North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings… has two-way potential but must play with greater consistency–both with and without the puck–in order to maximize his value as an NHL prospect… needs to add bulk so as to become a better pro…”

Chris Doyle - He was okay..he was competitive. He's the "go to the net", third-line type.

Chris Doyle F PEI - "I've been expecting a little more this season. I think he's come up a little short. You can't deny his talent. He can score as good as anybody, and he's got good hockey sense, but his skating's got to get better."

So far, Doyle’s development has run from bantam in Charlottetown to midget AAA in Notre Dame Academy to a top-line forward spot on the Rocket to national play on P.E.I.’s men’s hockey team at the 2007 Canada Winter Games to an international stint as a member of Team Canada’s under-18 team.
But becoming NHL worthy starts with the basics.
“I have to work on my skating and be in the best shape that I can,” he said.
Doyle has talked to a couple of NHL squads, but he wouldn’t reveal them.

from the hockey boards

"The Phoenix Coyotes acquired right wing Alex Bourret from the New York Rangers on Saturday for a third-round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
With the pick, the 90th overall selection, the Rangers drafted defenseman Tomas Kundratek from Trinec of the Czech Republic.
Drafted 16th overall by Atlanta in 2005, Bourret was obtained by New York in February 2007. The 21-year-old spent last season with Hartford of the American Hockey League, recording nine goals and 24 assists in 54 games.
A native of Quebec, Bourret has yet to make his NHL debut."

Bourret was terrible. He was never going to make this team.

As always....interesting day. Does not look like we reached much, which is good. Added a d-man with a ton of potential, finally picked a big winger, a Russian and Czech. We might have a Russky line in a few years with Anisimov, Cherepanov and Grushev. As always, we'll see. Wish we would have traded Bourret for the rights to Staal.

Here's a link for the Bourret trade: http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news?slug=txcoyotesrangersdeal&prov=st&type=lgns

I have very mixed feelings about trading Bourret. On one hand, he had a terrible, terrible season in Hartford this season. On the other, he had more upside than most of the forwards there. But I'm not sure he's ever going to get his head together enough to become the player he COULD be.

I LOVE the Grachev pick. Yaroslavl has a really good hockey school and a good track record for developing good, young players. They're not always the best about integrating that young talent into the big club, though, which is why Grachev only got into one game this season. Here's hoping they decide to be gracious again and let him come over before his contract is up (he's signed through 2011) like they did with Anisimov (who's still signed through 2010)!

Not going to get into a fight over any of these picks so here it is what I know about them, take them any way you want.

2-Stephan is a player who is projected to be a winger, should grow another 1-2 inches and should step right in as a Badger. Give him 3 seasons before trying to sign him because Wisconsin has lost a ton of talent and will rebuild this season

3-Gratchev is a victim of the IIHF/NHL PTA, with the deal gone then the Rangers can let him stay in Russia for 3-4 years before bringing him over. People will question his desire which is the typical label dumped on a Russian. Has to learn consistency

3-Kundratek don't know him nobody is consistent on his reports which translates into most only saw him play 1-2 times over last year. This has Sather written all over him

4- Weise is a work in progress, very physical who loves contact, has to stay healthy which is why he fell to the 4th. Swift Current is on the rise so Weise will be expected to have a big season.

5- Doyle was an underachiever on a not so good Prince Edward Island team. Does not always show up every night but that is the MO for PEI. Should be a player but needs a wake up call because this is talent being wasted

6- Gaulton missed most of the season due to a dislocated left elbow, has skill but if anyone says what kind of player he will become they are crazy because nobody really knows. Does not have a strong supporting cast as Erie is a tough place to play hockey in the OHL as it is hard to attract players willing to play there.

7-Lajunen ???????????????????????????,

Very strange draft for the Rangers as the Rangers went for high high risk with the selections of Del Zotto and Grachev who if they pan out could be stars

2 players are coming back from injuries

2 Europeans who are very unknowns

Doyle has talent but the biggest question is his desire. PEI was a major disappointment last season


The expectation with the PTA is that the NHL wants to go back to the old days where the rights to a European does not expire.

As for Bourret, there is talent that has gone to waste. No matter what they tried to do nothing sunk in so Maloney wants to try again.


Lajunen is not ours...he went to Nashville. There seems to be some confusion, but NYR.com does not have the Rangers with a 7th.


I missed that thanks, I just refreshed and saw that as well.

The Rangers always make some strange picks don't they. Drafting guys who are poor skaters is never really a good idea and there seem to be two or three here who have that knock on them. Remids me of the year they drafted several stiffs from the Green Bay Gamblers. Rangers seem to love Euro D and American High School kids going to College. Only time will tell, but this is not a draft that gets me excited. Bring on Mats Sundin!

The Rangers always make some strange picks don't they. Drafting guys who are poor skaters is never really a good idea and there seem to be two or three here who have that knock on them. Reminds me of the year they drafted several stiffs from the Green Bay Gamblers. Rangers seem to love Euro D and American High School kids going to College. Only time will tell, but this is not a draft that gets me excited. Bring on Mats Sundin!

Stamkos , Taverse and Zotto all on the same team , wow lots of firepower !! Thats why Zotto is so skilled . Get excited , he will be taking over in Hartford then up to the big club . Defense is his downside , strange to have that with a defensman...oh well , im dissapointed we never got Staal .

Best move made on Draft day ... Not giving up Dubinsky and callahan to un-proven draft picks!!! Rangers have a ton of players who will be better this year . With-out avery and Jagr the team loses alot of character and may to be going down , but then again this team is full of up-side . The new NHL is younger and faster and you need a good goalie . We have that.
We have young Centers , wingers , defensemen and goalies.

Greg -- Do you actually think that Dubinsky was a trade possibility?

not really scinoc , i was just stating that sometimes keeping what you have is the best move you can make . Dubinsky should be un touchable , but then again Avery should be signed .

has anyone noticed that on the rangers official site mentions nothing about both the bourret trade AND the tomas kundratek pick? even though I see the picture of him wearing the jersey and hat on blueshirtbulletin its like he doesn't exist on the official site. it says the rangers pick 5. wtf?
also will SOMEBODY please explain why they haven't mentioned the andreas jamtin signing yet?

Having the CAPTAIN un-signed still is absolutly insane . Last season 11 players were forming new bonds with different lines and chemestry was being made. Finally we were jelling , made the playoffs and didn't do too bad in there too.

All theses young players drafted and young Rangers still in europe waiting to come ... wont do a Hill of beans this year for us!!! Nice to have all that hope , it's great ...but realize that we need those vets that are free agents .

Sign the guy who gives us a better record with him than with-out him . Sign OUR captain . Tell Shanny ,something?...just get him sorted . This team with all the potential it showed last year with sick defensmen was unbelievable , ty Hank!!

The Draft just makes us stronger ...Not signing our vets does not.

You have to check out this website.


You can click on "Previous NHL Drafts" dating back to 1980. I know we all have our Yearbooks, etc. But this is a quick snapshot of how interesting the draft is and like some are saying, "you never know." What is clear is that the Rangers 1st round drafting - from 1980 to 2004 - was absolutely atrocious! Besides the bad picks, look at those that they and others passed up on too.

Just a quick mind-blowing summary. During those 24 years, 4 years we did not own a 1st round pick. So in 20 years we only produced: ONE star (Leetch) and FOUR serviceable NYR players (Patrick, Dahlen, Kovalev*, and Sundstrom)!! The 15 other picks either wore the jersey very briefly and did not pan out or never wore the jersey at all (which is the majority).

What a brutal memory lane this navigation was!

With Staal (2005) to the current draft, hopefully this incredible trend has changed.

The Ranger site stinks because it is run by the NHL now. So they are still promoting Crosby and co...to wory about Ranger draft picks...
I remember last year, as soon as a pick was made, details on that player were on the ranger site within a few minutes.

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