It was a highly successful 2016 NHL Draft for Adam Mascherin, Connor Hall, Connor Bunnaman, their friends and families, and the entire Kitchener Rangers organization.
The defenceman and pair of forwards were all chosen on Day 2 of the draft, the first time three Rangers players were selected in the same draft year since 2012 (Faksa, Marcantuoni, Thomson). It was also the fourth time in the last ten years that at least three Rangers were selected in the same draft (2007, 2011, 2012, 2016).
To add some intrigue to the excitement, Mascherin and Hall were each drafted by their prospective teams following a trade.
Mascherin was the first member of the Rangers taken in the NHL Draft, as the winger was selected by the Florida Panthers in the 2nd round, 38th overall.
The pick originally belonged to the Buffalo Sabres, but a trade earlier in the day saw the Sabres acquire defenceman Dmitry Kulikov and the 33rd overall pick (C Rasmus Asplund) from the Panthers.
In exchange, the Panthers received defenseman Mark Pysyk, the 38th overall pick (Mascherin), and the 89th overall pick (D Linus Nassen).
Another trade, this time in the third round, directly impacted the Blueshirts as the New Jersey Devils opted to trade their 77th overall selection to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for right winger Beau Bennett. With that 77th overall pick, the Penguins selected Hall.
While Hall and Bunnaman are teammates and friends here in Kitchener, their NHL futures may make them heated rivals as they are now on each side of the ‘Battle of Pennsylvania’ between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
Bunnaman rounded out the Rangers selections on the day, hearing his name called in the fourth round, 109th overall by the Flyers.
A trio of Rangers drafted players were also selected by NHL clubs during the weekend, including defenceman Charles McAvoy, Boston University (1st round, 14th overall, Boston Bruins); defenceman Adam Fox, US U-18 (3rd round, 66th overall, Calgary Flames); and goaltender Jack LaFontaine, Janesville Jets (3rd round, 75th overall, Carolina Hurricanes).
Active Rangers Drafted:
Adam Mascherin – 2nd round, 38th overall – Florida Panthers
Connor Hall – 3rd round, 77th overall – Pittsburgh Penguins
Connor Bunnaman – 4th round, 109th overall – Philadelphia Flyers
Rangers Prospects Drafted:
Charles McAvoy – 1st round, 14th overall – Boston Bruins
Adam Fox – 3rd round, 66th overall – Calgary Flames
Jack LaFontaine – 3rd round, 75th overall – Carolina Hurricanes
Rangers active roster players selected in recent NHL Drafts:
2015 – N/A
2014 – 1 – Ryan MacInnis (2nd round, 43rd overall ARI)
2013 – 2 – Justin Bailey (2/52 BUF), Brent Pedersen (5/126 CAR)
2012 – 3 – Radek Faksa (1/13 DAL), Matia Marcantuoni (4/92 PIT), Ben Thomson (4/96 NJ)
2011 – 3 – Gabriel Landeskog (1/2 COL), Ryan Murphy (1/12 CAR), Tobias Rieder (4/114 EDM)
2010 – 1 – Jeff Skinner (1/7 CAR)
2009 – 1 – Tyler Randell (6/176 BOS)
2008 – 2 – Mikkel Boedker (1/8 PHX), Justin Azevedo (6/153 LAK)
2007 – 4 – Nick Spaling (2/58 NSH), Yannick Weber (3/73 MTL), Robert Bortuzzo (3/78 PIT), Matt Halischuk (4/117 NJ)
2006 – N/A