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With just four picks, Rangers have draft day questions

Rangers general manager Glen Sather addresses the media

Rangers general manager Glen Sather addresses the media prior to their game against the New Jersey Devils. (Feb. 27, 2012) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

         By my calculations, the Rangers currently have picks in the first four rounds of the draft in Pittsburgh on June 22-23: The 28th, 59th, 89th and 119th overall. The front office traded the picks in the lower rounds.The four selections are the fewest since 1968, when they had one. They drafted six players in each of the last two years and seven in 2009. Could that mean they will trade No. 28 for a couple lower picks? Perhaps. Or could they package No. 28 and a player or prospect to move up?

          It’s not as if the three trades worked out that well: The fifth-round pick was sent to Chicago for 6-foot-8 John Scott on Feb. 27 at the trade deadline. The lumbering Scott played five games, all in March. The sixth-round pick went to Nashville during the last draft; the Rangers received a sixth-rounder back and selected D Peter Ceresnak, who played in OHL Peterborough. The seventh-rounder went to the Maple Leafs for John Mitchell on Feb. 29, 2011. Mitchell was 5-11-16 in 63 games last season and is an unrestricted free agent.

           Some perspective: No. 28 would be the lowest first pick in ten years; Lee Falardeau was chosen at 33 in the second round in 2002. The lowest first-rounder prior to that was goaltender Dan Cloutier at 26 in 1994.

               Moving on....

               If Columbus signs John Davidson to a high-level executive post, I expect he’ll have a say in the Rick Nash trade talks and it could be easier to cut a deal. Davidson helped oversee the rebuild in St. Louis. Columbus needs young forwards and a quality goaltender.

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              Well, it’s back to Newark and the Finals for me tomorrow and Friday. Have seen Stanley Cup presentation a number of times, most recently in Philly when the Blackhawks won there in 2010. Will it happen again on Saturday?  Kings need to step up, not look ahead to LA in Game 6.  Can they win 11 in a row on the road?

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             Scratch Colorado’s David Jones off the UFA wishlist. Signed four-year, $16 million deal with Avs.

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