• Monday, August 03, 2015

    A Look at Rangers Picks Halverson & Iverson

    Brandon Halverson, G, Sault Ste. Marie, (Round 2, 59th Overall)  

    The Rangers added to their goalie depth by taking 18-year-old Brandon Halverson with the organization's first pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

    • Halverson is a 6-foot-4 goaltender who weighs 180 pounds. He is a Traverse City, Michigan native. 

    • In 19 games with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL this season, Halverson had a 2.96 goals against average and a .902 save percentage.

    What They're Saying

    "We've always had the philosophy that we just don't want to take any (goaltender) if we think he's going to be a back up some day, we want a No. 1," Rangers Director Player Personnel Gordie Clark stated. "In the end, (Halverson) was the best player available."

    Keegan Iverson, C, Portland Winterhawks, (Round 3, 85th Overall)  

    The Blueshirts used the pick they received in the Derek Dorsett trade on forward Keegan Iverson.

    • Iverson is a 6-foot, 216-pound forward originally from St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

    • After scoring 10 points in 47 games during the 2012-13 season for the Winterhawks, Iverson broke out during the 2013-14 campaign, recoding 22 goals and 20 assists in 67 games.

    • He tallied eight points in 21 games for Portland during the 2014 WHL Playoffs.

    • Iverson won a silver medal with Team USA at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. 
    What They're Saying

    "With the way the game is going you've heard every new GM say we want to get bigger and stronger and faster, and play that heavy style; well that's the type of game (Iverson) plays," Clark said. "(Portland) had a really good team (this season) with five really high-skilled players that got most of the ice time. So I think with more ice time available next year (Iverson's) numbers will go up."