The Rangers used their first round pick last night on defenseman Brady Skjei.
On Skjei, Kyle Woodlief of Red Line Report writes at USA Today, “Strong shutdown defender with fine skating ability and decent puck skills. Makes crisp breakouts and can also skate the puck out of danger. He has grown much bigger and stronger over the past year.”
MN Hockey writes, “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.”
Adam Rotter: Defensive depth is clearly something the Rangers are valuing with Dylan McIlrath, Tim Erixon and now Skjei in the system. His skating ability, just like that of Ryan McDonagh, seems to be off the charts and the Rangers would obviously love to see him develop into the same kind of player.