The Rangers made the anticipated splash in selecting Alexis Lafreniere with the No. 1 pick within the 2020 NHL Draft on Tuesday, however that wasn’t their solely huge transfer within the first spherical.
Fearing the Devils would take defenseman Braden Schneider, the Rangers struck a cope with the Calgary Flames to leapfrog New Jersey and take the 19-year-old with the 19th decide, The Post’s Larry Brooks reported.
The Rangers dealt the 22nd and 72nd general picks for the 6-foot-2 Schneider, who performs an aggressive model and isn’t afraid to become involved offensively.
“It shows that I left a good impression on them and they think I’m a guy who can come in and help their organization,” Schneider stated of the Rangers buying and selling as much as choose him. “I’ll give my best effort every day to them and they got my everything, I’m excited and I’m looking forward to the pressure.”
Schneider is coming off a breakout 12 months within the WHL with the Brandon Wheat Kings, gathering 42 factors (seven targets, 35 assists) in 60 video games.
“The way I describe myself, I’m a two-way physical defenseman that takes a lot of pride in my own end and being a guy that’s hard to play against and in your face,” he stated. “The opportunity comes to make a good pass or jump up in the play or get a shot on net, I’m more than willing to take it.”
Schneider is also a robust skater and efficient puck-handler.
As for Lafreniere, the Rangers’ high decide stated he’s excited to be playing at Madison Square Garden.
“Hi Rangers fans, I’m really excited to be a part of the Rangers and to meet you,” Lafreniere stated moments after being drafted. “I hope you have a great night and can’t wait to see you.”