Monday, August 10, 2020

Chris Drury Jersey Card

Chris Drury signed an extension as the New York Rangers' assistant-GM in March 2019, months before drafting Kaapo Kakko second-overall at the 2019 draft and a year and a half before using the first-overall selection to either select generational talent Alexis Lafrenière help or concoct a major trade with the likes of the Los Angeles Kings, Montréal Canadiens or Ottawa Senators.

Those moves combined with the signing of Artemi Panarin and having two solid goaltending prospects and the emergence if Mika Zibanejad and a strong, young defensive unit mean the Rangers' rebuild is not only well under way but almost at a point where they can seriously contend for a playoff spot, which in turn means he'll get his shot a running his own team sooner than later.

He might be on the shortlist for next Buffalo Sabres GM if Kevyn Adams' revamped lineup doesn't make a dent in the playoffs in the next three to five seasons; he'd be a great fit for the Sabres, since he captained them like he did the Rangers, and he looked pretty good in their uniform, too:
Of course, as a Colorado Avalanche fan, I remember him winning the Calder Trophy (1998-99) and Stanley Cup (2000-01) in Denver, but I kind of had forgotten they'd traded him to the Calgary Flames to bolster their defense with Derek Morris following Ray Bourque's retirement.

He was a good enough player to be inducted in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015 on the strength of 615 points in 895 NHL regular-season games as well as two Olympic silver medals with Team USA and was a pretty good playoff performer when his teams made them, nearing the point-per-game mark four times in nine appearances.

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