The Rangers don’t have a first round pick in the 2014 draft thanks to the Martin St. Louis trade. In the days leading up to the draft Save By Richter will profile prospects who may be available starting in the second round. The players have been selected based on scouting reports that fit the mold of players the Rangers have drafted in recent years. Keep in mind, these are just profiles based on the reports of others.
Name: Luc Snuggerud
Team: Eden Prairie High School
CSS Rank: 42 (North American)
ESPN Rank (Top 100): 88
THN Rank (Top 100): 63
Size: 5’11″, 165 lbs
What the informed have to say about Snuggerud:
From Corey Pronman:
Snuggerud is the top high school prospect to come out of the Minnesota ranks this season. He’s a high-end skater who is described as “explosive” by scouts, due to how well he rushes up the ice and can lead the offensive charge. He’s also a very mobile all-directions player who stays with the fastest forwards effectively. He has a fine shot, and gets the puck through lanes well. He has a few flaws, though. Luc is a tad small (5-11, 165 pounds), and doesn’t project as a great physical player. His reads can be off a little too often in terms of risk-taking and not playing at the ideal pace. He is committed to the University of Nebraska-Omaha for the 2014-15 season.
From The Hockey News (print):
Offensive defensemen with vision, explosive stride.
From SB Nation:
Snuggerud’s upside is as a solid, puck-moving defenseman at the NHL level, and with emphasis on zone entry becoming one of the more popular trends in the game, Snuggerud’s skating ability with the puck is an attractive feature. He doesn’t quite have first pairing potential, but could be an effective and valuable part of a very good defensive group.
Why the Rangers may draft Snuggerud:
Snuggerud is a very smooth, strong skating defensemen with great vision; something the Rangers need to add to their system. He is explosive, racking up 8-30-38 for Eden Prairie High School in 25 games. He will be playing US College Hockey at University of Nebraska-Omaha next season.
Snuggerud likes to join the rush but doesn’t lack in his defensive abilities. He can both carry the puck and dish it off when needed. He also has powerplay quarterback capabilities due to his strong shot. He is very aggressive in his own zone and recovers quickly when beat.
The Rangers have a need for a high-skill, puck moving offensive defenseman in their system and Snuggerud definitely fits that mold. He is American and will be going the college route, a way the Rangers have went before in the draft (calling Derek Stepan and Chris Kreider in the house). Unlike the three previously profiled players, the Rangers will definitely have an opportunity to draft Snuggerud.