Rangers' Draft Table Photo Shuts Down Team

Published July 2, 2023 at 5:55 PM

It is common for NHL teams to keep their draft strategies close to their chests on draft day. General managers communicate discreetly with each other, exploring potential trades and remaining tight-lipped about their preferred picks until they make their selections.

However, the New York Rangers recently found themselves in an unexpected situation when a photo from their pre-draft preparations inadvertently leaked sensitive information, leading to immediate damage control measures.

The New York Rangers, like other teams, understood the importance of maintaining secrecy during the draft. However, photos tweeted by the Rangers during the pre-draft day festivities raised eyebrows.

One particular image stood out as it unintentionally revealed a number displayed on the draft desk. The team swiftly realized the gravity of the situation and took immediate action to rectify the issue, prompting them to shut down their social media account temporarily.

Despite the setback caused by the leaked information, the Rangers were still able to participate in the draft. They made their selection at the 23rd spot and chose Gabriel Perreault, a talented right winger from the USA U18 team. Standing at 5'11" and weighing 163 pounds, Perreault had an outstanding record of 132 points in 63 games, including 53 goals and 79 assists.

His impressive performance surpassed the record previously held by Auston Matthews during the 2014-2015 season.

It is worth noting that Gabriel Perreault comes from a hockey lineage as the son of former NHL player Yannick Perreault, who enjoyed a successful 14-season career in the league. With this familial connection, Gabriel carries the legacy of his father as he embarks on his journey in the NHL.
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