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NHL Draft Results: New York Rangers Select Defenseman Brady Skjei In Round 1

With the 28th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, the New York Rangers selected Brady Skjei (pronounced SHAY), a 6-foot-3, 200-pound defensman from Lakeville, Minn. The first-round selection posted a plus-10 rating during Team USA's gold medal run at the Under-18 World Championship. He has spent two years as part of the U.S. National Team Development Program, whose coach had this to say:

“His game has improved greatly, both offensively and defensively. He's a tremendous skater and a good example of a guy who understands the little nuances of playing defense. He's thrived in the [USNTDP] program and is a physical specimen; he's big and strong and has made great strides in learning how to play the game. His angling is good and he has put himself in a really good position moving forward in his career.”

The 18-year-old will attend the University of Minnesota in a few months. He may take several years to develop, but the Rangers have ability to wait on the blueliner with so much depth on their back end. More information on Skjei is available at NHL.com.

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