New York Rangers lock in 22nd pick with Islanders advancement to ECF

The New York Rangers now have the first overall pick and the 22nd selection in this year’s NHL draft following the New York Islanders’ advancement to the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday night.

It’s not every day that a win by the team’s arch-rivals could be a positive for the Blueshirts, but then again this is 2020 so nothing should be surprising this strange season.

Had the Islanders lost game 7 to the Philadelphia Flyers, the Rangers would have held the 23 selection in the first round.

The Rangers own the Carolina Hurricanes first-round selection this year as part of the trade that sent defenseman Brady Skjei to the ‘Canes prior to the trade deadline in February. The virtual NHL draft is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 9 and 10.

Draft order

Selections 1-27 are now set;

  1. Rangers
  2. Los Angeles Kings
  3. Ottawa Senators
  4. Detroit Red Wings
  5. Senators
  6. Anaheim Ducks
  7. New Jersey Devils
  8. Buffalo Sabres
  9. Minnesota Wild
  10. Winnipeg Jets
  11. Nashville Predators
  12. Florida Panthers
  13. Carolina Hurricanes 
  14. Edmonton Oilers
  15. Maple Leafs
  16. Montreal Canadiens
  17. Chicago Blackhawks
  18. Devils
  19. Calgary Flames
  20. Devils  
  21. Columbus Blue Jackets
  22. Rangers
  23. Philadelphia Flyers
  24. Colorado Avalanche
  25. Washington Capitals
  26. St. Louis Blues
  27. Ducks

Picks 28-31 will be filled by Tampa Bay, New York Islanders, Vegas, and Dallas based on where they finish.

General manager Jeff Gorton and team president Joh Davidson now will have to decide what to do with their second first-round selection. Some options are to use the pick to move up in the draft, include that pick with some current players or prospect and acquire a center or defenseman, or use the pick to select a prospect available.