The Rangers knew they were going to get a good player at No. 2 no matter who the Devils selected ahead of them.

And they got a stud winger in Kaapo Kakko after the Devils took United States National Team Development Program player Jack Hughes at No. 1.

There was a debate as to whether Kakko had actually passed up Hughes as the top prospect in the draft as the winger had a wonderful second half of the season and scored five goals in his first two games at the IIHF World Championships in May.

But teams value centers highly and that seems to be the ultimate reason why Hughes went as the top pick and Kakko fell to No. 2.