The 2019 NHL draft is just under a month away, and unless you live under a rock, the Rangers have secured the number two overall pick come June 21st. Although there’s been multiple people up in arms about the possibility of messing up the draft, there is no possibility, I promise.
With the Devils at one, the Rangers will take whoever they don’t, weather that be American Jack Hughes or the Finn Kaapo Kakko. Either way, the Rangers are golden.
In the case of Jack Hughes, he is a guy that is slated to go number one, but won’t necessarily make an instant impact. If the Devils take Kakko, hughes would be putting a Blueshirt on come June 21st. The kid just hit puberty, I mean he just turned 18. He is a center that has crafty moves and can dish the puck with ease, but he may take some time to develop. With a young center core that consists of Mika Zibanejad, Lias Andersson, and Filip Chytil, Hughes would be thrown right into the fire in the NHL, which could be something that could be beneficial or detrimental to his career. Call me crazy, but some time in Hartford may be something that can prove to help fine tune Hughes.
If the Devils were to select Jack Hughes, Kaapo Kakko would fall right in their life. He is the more fine tuned athlete of the two, as he’s played in the top Finnish men’s professional league the past two seasons. He has been tearing up the IIHF World Championships, the winger had seven points (6 goals, 1 assist), and made every single one of his opponents look foolish. Kakko is the more developed player, and the tournament showed that, if he falls to the Rangers, he will be one of their better scorers going into the 2019-2020 campaign.
Although the Rangers are owned by the idiotic James Dolan, even he couldn’t mess this up. There are two obvious generational talents in this year’s draft, and as long as John Davidson and Jeff Gorton aren’t stupid, they will end up with one of them. The New York Rangers can’t and won’t mess this draft up.
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