National Hockey League

New York Rangers Remain in Best Possible Spot at 2019 NHL Draft

The New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils have had fun on social media since the start of the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia, and both have been impressed with the play of Kaapo Kakko.

There’s good reason for this even though both are tremendously talented players, and I think it is worth reminding everyone that the Rangers win big time by getting to select whoever the Devils don’t.

Also, I don’t think it should be overlooked that Devils’ head coach and Team USA assistant John Hynes is working with Hughes right now and getting a sense of what he’s capable of.

The Devils might have a grand plan in the works which involves them acquiring a premier center to create a long-term one-two punch with Nico Hischier , and therefore pick Kakko instead.

Adding a pivot in Hughes is a win for the Rangers; he could easily slot right down the middle of the second line to get acclimated to the NHL behind Mika Zibanejad before the roles reverse in the next few years.

I certainly don’t blame anyone for doing that after watching Kakko continue to play his game against NHL talent, but in due time there will be equally impressive clips featuring Hughes doing some of the same.

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