RANGERS DRAFTEES, ROUNDS 2-7
Second round, 40th overall
Oshawa Generals, OHL
Born: May 26, 1992, Toronto; son of 20-year NHL veteran Steve Thomas
5-8 ½, 165
After scoring just eight goals in 59 games between London and Oshawa in 2008-09, speedster exploded for 41 goals, 7th most in OHL, and compiled 66 points in 64 games…Was deployed in all types of situations, including the penalty kill and was 5-for-9 in shootout and set the Oshawa record with 4 shorthanded goals.
Fourth round, 100th overall
Erie Otters, OHL
Born: Dec. 4, 1991, Boca Raton; first Floridian ever drafted
Good size, skills, initially projected as late-first/second rounder… “It’s all about consistency and that’s just a lack of the competition he had growing up,” said Rangers directopr of player personnel Gordie Clark…. Was 30-25-55 but suffered a serious concussion on a cheap shot last season and some scouts said the physical element of his game declined, but Clark said it’s not an issue. Had poster of Panthers’ Pavel Bure in room…said he hopes his selection opens doors for more Florida youngsters.
Fifth round, 130th overall
Owen Sound Attack, OHL
Born: April 15, 1990, Toronto
Wasn’t initially selected in his draft year, played in Boston rookie camp last September. “He had a pretty good camp, but pulled his groin,” said Clark. “A real grinder, just chisled, but he’s got some speed and some ability”….was 17-18-35 with 101 penalty minutes in 46 games last season….
Sixth round, 157th overall
HV71, Swedish Junior Elite League
Born: Dec. 2, 1991, Nassjo, Sweden
Fasth, one part of the trade of Bobby Sanguinetti to Carolina in which Rangers also acquired a second-rounder in 2011, can fly, but scouts say he often plays on the perimeter and needs to work on his puck-handling and finish….Was 23-26-49 in 37 games, but projects as a third-liner. “Sometimes you take a stab at these kinds of guys late,” Clark said. Will play in World Juniors for Sweden.
Seventh round, 190th overall
Saskatoon Blades, WHL
Born: Aug. 5, 1990, Nanaimo, British Columbia
“Another prairie boy”, as described by Clark, who said he felt he had gotten away a bit in previous drafts from the north-south type of rugged Canadian junior players…6-6-12 in 65 games and 163 penalty minutes...