Yesterday afternoon the New York Rangers announced that they have signed 2016 7th round selection (201st overall) Ty Ronning to a three-year, entry-level contract.
The 20-year-old winger is having an incredible overage season with the Western Hockey League’s (WHL) Vancouver Giants with 55 goals and 77 points in 64 games. The 5 foot, 9 inch, 170 pound forward played 12 games for the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack last season, scoring two goals and five points. With his new deal, he’s eligible to join the Wolf Pack at any time.
If Ronning’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s the son of former NHL star Cliff Ronning. The elder Ronning, also a late 7th round selection, scored a remarkable 306 goals and 869 points in 1137 career NHL games with the St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Phoenix Coyotes, Nashville Predators, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild and New York Islanders.
Fans who follow the Rangers prospects closely shouldn’t be so surprised at the younger Ronning’s signing with the Rangers. Despite being a late round pick, the kid’s offensive production just CANNOT be ignored. No two ways about it, this kid has earned his contract.
Immediately following the signing, the Rangers put together a highlight package of Ronning's remarkable 55 goal campaign for the Giants this season.
Check it out:
Awesome stuff, welcome to the Rangers organization, Ty! If can carve out even half the career that your father did in the NHL, we'll be VERY excited to watch you do your thing at Madison Square Garden!