2010 NHL Draft: Keep An Eye on Vladimir Tarasenko

April 20th, 2010 by Broadway Hockey Daily Leave a reply »

The Rangers have the 10th overall pick in the upcoming draft which is low enough to get a decent pick, but typically all of the really stand-out talent is already taken by then. Unfortunately this is what defines the Rangers lately, they have been drafting well, but have never been able to obtain the really elite talent.

However there is something that in the past the Rangers have been willing to do that ,while it’s a little risky, it would have worked out for them in the past if not for a freak accident. I’m talking about drafting a player who falls down the draft board because of signability issues.

The Rangers did it with Alexei Cherepanov a few years back. At the time Cherepanov was considered a talent worth of being drafted with the first few picks. The problem was that teams were weary of him being able to come to America because of a lack of transfer agreement between the United States and Russia. The Rangers picked him anyway and it would have really worked out for them had it not been for Cherepanov’s untimely death.

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