No. 9 N.Y. Rangers: Jesperi Kotkaniemi, C, Assat-Liiga
What does the team typically value in players?

I think this year and last, theyíre looking at character guys Ö obviously along with skill. Theyíre still thrilled with last yearís first-round pick Lias Andersson and very fired up over their acquisitions of character guys in Brett Howden and Ryan Lindgren.

Is there any major area of need?

Their most obvious need is on defense, but they also lack real top-end wingers. I think theyíd prefer wingers over D now that they have Livor Hajek, Lindgren and eventually Yegor Rykov coming, plus theyíve seen what Neal Pionk might be.


Another good character guy, which the Rangers are striving to collect. Kotkaniemi can play center or wing, has good skills ó another Rangersí need ó and is good along the walls, at the puck-possession game new coach David Quinn wants to play.

ó Rick Carpiniello

Taken at 26 and 28: Akil Thomas and Jonatan Berggren.

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