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Following the first round of the draft, Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton said to the Rangers website that first round pick Brady Skjei was similar to a player the Rangers currently have on their roster.

“His game is similar to McDonagh. He is a shutdown guy, elite skater, a big body. He is very willing to learn and has a lot of qualities that we like. I think it’s an untapped guy that is only going to get better and looking down the road he is a really good fit for us.”

MN Hockey Prospects, which follows Minnesota born prospects heading into the NHL Draft said of Skjei, “Some may be alarmed by his low scoring totals, not to worry, this will come with time as Skjei’s a top talent that projects to be a Ryan McDonagh type player.”

Skjei said that he started to follow the Rangers because they had Minnesota boys Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan on the team.

Gordie Clark told the NY Post, “He’s in the same vein as what’s been successful for us on defense. He’s an elite skater, an elite athlete, a good, solid two-way guy.

More on Skjei, HERE.