The New York Rangers will appoint a captain at one point and have used this season to assess potential candidates, said President John Davidson during a team-led virtual question and answer session.
The Rangers have not had a captain for more than two years, as they swapped defender Ryan McDonagh for the Tampa Bay Lightning on February 26, 2018. Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreiderand defender Marc Staal are the alternative captains of New York this season.
“Sometimes you don’t want to give too much to a person if (you’re not) sure they can handle it because it becomes an inconvenience,” said Davidson. “It’s an important question, but it doesn’t encourage us to push ourselves into something that we don’t think is right about the schedule. This is no small task for anyone, believe me, but we will get there and I hope it will work out. “
Davidson said he and his staff were busy preparing for the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, although a new date has not been set. The NHL postponed the draft, originally scheduled for June 26-27 in Montreal, due to the uncertainty resulting from the coronavirus that has interrupted the season since March 12.
“This is a big project for us,” said Davidson. “We have two choices in the first round and more. We really have to be careful with this. The project these days is the lineage of a franchise. “
Davidson, who said he is in contact with general manager Jeff Gorton daily and assistant general manager Chris Drury on a regular basis, said that Rangers scouts in North America and abroad have been responsible for prepare the draft.
“An example would be the top 50 players in the draft. Jim Sullivan, who is part of our management team, sends three games in which each player has played, one at a time, “said Davidson. “All the scouts must watch each of these games and in turn write reports on each of them. They’re fired and everyone reads them, then they dissect them and have opinions on why this scout thought that, or that scout thought that. I was just trying to do meticulous work to keep the guys busy and at the same time prepare for the draft. “
Davidson added that some Ranger scouts, especially in Western Canada, called prospects and closest people to find out more about the players.
“The world of scouting, it was just entering the playoffs and the end of the seasons for many of these players, and it went away, it disappeared,” said Davidson. “So now you have to reach out to their coaches, their parents, their teachers, and dig deeper and deeper to find character and things in that direction.