• Rangers’ Draft lottery luck was almost hazardous to David Quinn

    Rangers’ Draft lottery luck was almost hazardous to David Quinn

    John Davidson couldn’t look at the television screen during the NHL draft lottery Monday night. But David Quinn did and it nearly landed him on the Rangers’ injured reserve. “I almost pulled a hamstring jumping out of my chair when I saw that ping pong ball shoot up that little shoot there,” the Rangers coach …
  • NHL Draft lottery blooper sparks Rangers conspiracy theory

    NHL Draft lottery blooper sparks Rangers conspiracy theory

    There might not be a frozen envelope involved, but conspiracy theories abounded after the Rangers won the NHL Draft lottery Monday night and with it the right to select consensus top pick, heralded Canadian left winger Alexis Lafreniere. The Rangers and the seven other teams eliminated from the NHL playoff qualifying round this past week …
  • Rangers win NHL Draft lottery, Alexis Lafreniere sweepstakes

    Rangers win NHL Draft lottery, Alexis Lafreniere sweepstakes

    The Rangers didn’t make it too far in the NHL bubble, but they did come away with a big consolation prize — the right to select Alexis Lafreniere with the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. On Monday, the Blueshirts won the second phase of the draft lottery to secure the top pick …
  • Rangers’ draft options if they lose Alexis Lafreniere lottery

    Rangers’ draft options if they lose Alexis Lafreniere lottery

    Oh-for-three-and-out, the Rangers are still searching for the first August victory in franchise history. Emerging with the first-overall selection in the 2020 Entry Draft by winning Monday’s lottery drawing would represent a propitious time to do so. It is the 12.5-percent solution for the qualifying-round losers in the ongoing Stanley Cup tournament, each one with …
  • Rangers will quickly find out their NHL Draft fate

    Rangers will quickly find out their NHL Draft fate

    The day before they could have been starting the next round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Rangers will find out if they received a huge silver lining instead. The second phase of the NHL Draft Lottery is now set for 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 10, with the No. 1 pick still up for …
  • Rangers’ quick elimination may be the best of all worlds

    Rangers’ quick elimination may be the best of all worlds

    This might have represented the best of all worlds in the three-dimensional universe in which the Rangers live. For: 1) Being summarily swept out of the qualifying round, 1-2-3, lickety-split by the Candy Canes of Carolina does not erase the significant strides the 2019-20 Rangers took in transforming from lottery-fodder to playoff relevance. But: 2) …
  • NHL lottery leaves No. 1 pick to be decided in next drawing

    NHL lottery leaves No. 1 pick to be decided in next drawing

    So if the Rangers lose their qualifying round to the Hurricanes, they will have a 12.5 percent chance of selecting first overall in the NHL draft and bringing Rimouski left winger Alexis Lafreniere to Broadway. Yes, folks, there will be a Phase 2 of the NHL draft lottery after Friday’s Phase 1 ended with a …
  • NHL approves 24-team playoff, complicated draft lottery

    NHL approves 24-team playoff, complicated draft lottery

    The NHL’s return-to-play format is officially set. Whether the 24 teams involved get to use it depends on how the next steps unfold. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Tuesday that the NHL’s regular season is officially over and, if and when play resumes, it will be in a 24-team playoff in two hub cities, with dates …
  • NHL better not cheat the teams bound for draft lottery

    NHL better not cheat the teams bound for draft lottery

    So what now of the Stigmatized Seven, those clubs who couldn’t play up to an NHL .500 level before the league entered its pause phase on March 12 and have thus been deemed unworthy of an invite to the league’s imagined 24-team Stanley Cup tournament? What about the fate, primarily as applies to the draft …