The Rangers made the expected big splash in selecting Alexis Lafreniere with the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft on Tuesday, but that wasn’t their only big move in the first round.
Fearing the Devils would take defenseman Braden Schneider, the Rangers struck a deal with the Calgary Flames to leapfrog New Jersey and take the 19-year-old with the 19th pick, The Post’s Larry Brooks reported.
The Rangers dealt the 22nd and 72nd overall picks for the 6-foot-2 Schneider, who plays an aggressive game and isn’t afraid to get involved offensively.
As for Lafreniere, the Rangers’ top pick said he’s excited to be playing at Madison Square Garden.
“Hi Rangers fans, I’m really excited to be a part of the Rangers and to meet you,” Lafreniere said moments after being drafted. “I hope you have a great night and can’t wait to see you.”
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