Hit or miss: Rangers first-round picks since 1991

1991: ALEXEI KOVALEV (15th overall) Right wing Career

1991: ALEXEI KOVALEV (15th overall)
Right wing
Career Rangers stats: 142 goals, 188 assists, 533 PIM in 492 games.
Career NHL stats: 428 goals, 596 assists, 1,298 PIM in 1,302 games.
The man who defined the word enigma had two different stints with the Rangers (1992-99 and 2002-04). In a predictably unpredictable NHL career, Kovalev has alternatively thrived and shriveled in four NHL cities. Rangers fans who remember his contributions to the 1994 Stanley Cup champions, for whom he scored 21 points in 23 playoff games, may be surprised to learn he never had more than 24 goals in a season for the Blueshirts. Despite his frustrating tendencies, you can't question Kovalev's talent -- not many guys get to 400 career goals.
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*Note: The Rangers did not have first-round picks in 1995, 2000 and 2002.

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