Friday, April 11, 2008
Food For Thought
Not to be a drag, or throw a cloud over tonight's game, but as you watch tonight, take a look at Christian Backman's play - good or bad, who knows what will happen (sincerely hopefully good) - and just think of this:
Notable New York Ranger Fourth Round Draft Picks:
*Pat Conacher '79 - Played just 21 games for us, but had a solid 521 game NHL career that featured a Finals visit with Gretzky and the Kings.
*John Vanbiesbrouck '81 - Vezina Award winner and First Team All Star 85-86, 449 games as a Ranger over 10 years of action.
*Paul Broten '84 - 194 games as a dependable defensive forward.
*Mark Janssens '86 - 157 of his 711 NHL games were as a Ranger.
*Tony Amonte '88 - All Rookie Team 91-92, 183 points in 234 games as a Blueshirt and was traded for Brian Noonan and Stephane Matteau.
*Marc Savard '95 - Just 98 games as a Ranger but 271 points over his last three seasons.
*Ryan Callahan '04 - Kid has been one of the hardest workers on the ice since his debut last season, and he scored the game-winner in Game 1.
Interesting, huh? I was flipping through the media guide and I thought I would point out the success the Rangers have had in the past with fourth round picks (what they dealt for the soft Swede). As I said, hopefully he will be good tonight, and over the next season will develop into the puck moving maven that Sather and company predicts; there is certainly room for improvement.