So why are the Rangers short on picks to help them deal for a top-line player?
Well, Gabriel Landeskog was not a cheap acquisition.
You'll recall the Plymouth Whalers drafted him and held him for ransom, although Landeskog insisted he would only report to Kitch.
The import draft is all about a GM's ability to strike a deal with an agent.
As opposed to the regular OHL draft which is . . .well, uh...never mind.
The Whalers got a second-round OHL pick in 2011 and a fourth-rounder in 2013 for Landeskog.
Then, after he played the first game of his second season in Kitchener on Sept. 24, the Rangers must ship a second rounder in 2012 to complete the deal.
Second-round picks are the currency that helps land top players.