The Rangers’ second round selection, 38th overall, was acquired by the Detroit Red Wings in 2000. With ex-General Manager Neil Smith already dealing the Rangers’ first round selection, which would have been eighth overall, to the Tampa Bay Lightning the previous summer in the package to move up and select forward Pavel Brendl fourth overall, the Rangers kept moving down in the draft.
Rangers GM Glen Sather dealt the 38th overall selection to the Red Wings in return for Detroit’s 2nd and 3rd round selections, 64th and 95th overall. In what was labeled as a “weak” draft talent-wise by many scouts and publications, the Rangers were willing to take a chance on players later in the draft who probably would not have much of a chance in the NHL. The Red Wings selected Tomas Kopecky, a highly-skilled C/LW from Slovakia, 38th overall. The Rangers’ first selection of the draft, which was already 63 picks old. An unfamiliar name then appeared: Filip Novak, D, Regina Pats (WHL), a small, albeit highly skilled, defenseman.