The Kitchener Rangers were well represented at the 2019 NHL entry draft in Vancouver, B.C, Canada. The Rangers had four players eligible for this years NHL draft, two of them had their name called.
First Ranger selected was defenseman Michael Vukojevic. The Rangers rearguard was drafted in the 3rd round, 82nd overall by the New Jersey Devils. Vukojevic now a Devils prospect along with 1st overall selection Jack Hughes.
The second Rangers player selected was 20-year-old Greg Meireles, Greg was drafted in the 6th round, 168th overall by the Florida Panthers. Meireles attempting to reach the NHL via the draft for the third time finally heard his name called. He was the Rangers points leader with 97 points during the 2018-2019 season, finishing the regular season on a 20 game point streak.
Rickard Hugg and Jonathan Yantsis endured the entire 7 rounds of the 2019 NHL draft, unfortunately, they did not have their names called this year.
Johnathan Yantsis finished 2018-2019 with a 50 goal season and became the first Ranger to achieve the feat since Jeff Skinner scored 50 goals during the 2009-2010 campaign. Rickard Hugg was the Rangers Captain in his final year.
Michael Vukojevic and Greg Meireles become the 161st and 162nd Rangers players selected during the NHL draft. Both Michael and Greg will likely return to Kitchener for 2019-2020.
Kitchener Rangers Draft History:
All-time players selected: 162 (since 1969)
Most picks in single NHL Draft: 5 (1998)
Top Selection: 2nd overall Gabriel Landeskog (2011), Brian Bellows (1982)