AP Photo credit New York Post
Our Pic of the Day comes courtesy of the New York Post. With the Rangers winning the NHL Draft Lottery yesterday, it didn’t take long for the Post to come up with a great headline for their back page.
Of course, it features certain top pick Alexis Lafreniere. Who ever would’ve believed it? The last time the Rangers picked first was in 1965 back in the Amateur Draft when they took Andre Veilleux, who never played a game for them.
Don’t worry. That won’t happen with the highly regarded Lafreniere out of Rimouski of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. It’s still like a dream to think they won Phase Two of the Draft to go from a minuscule 2.5 percent chance to concerting a 12.5 percentage to land the winning lottery ball they drew live on NBC Sports Network,
It’s pretty unbelievable. The kind of magic moment that can change the future of the team. They already were on the right track due to great seasons from Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad along with promising youngsters Adam Fox, Ryan Lindgren and Igor Shesterkin.
With Chris Kreider part of a deep crop on the left wing that could feature Panarin and Lafreniere, there’s a lot for Rangers fans to get excited about. Kaapo Kakko will be a year older and learn from a challenging first year.
Filip Chytil will enter his third full NHL season. Pavel Buchnevich will be in Year Five playing for a contract if he stays. The Blueshirts face tough decisions on key RFA’s Tony DeAngelo and Ryan Strome. Both of who should command in the neighborhood of $5 million.
They’ll likely decide to keep Alex Georgiev and move on from Henrik Lundqvist, who at least got to go out starting a pair of games in the three game sweep to the Hurricanes. One of which he played well in. If it was indeed his final moments in a Rangers jersey while backing up Shesterkin for Game Three, it would be bittersweet since he didn’t get to say goodbye to the fans at MSG.
It is what it is with this pandemic. We don’t even know if Lafreniere will play his first home game as a Ranger in front of an MSG crowd. I don’t believe he will at the moment. How crazy is that?
However, we all are ecstatic about what happened on Monday. In two months on October 9, the Rangers will make it official and select from the Canadian Province of Quebec, Alexis Lafreniere. What a moment that’ll be!