The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Hunter Skinner on an entry-level contract.
Skinner will join the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League on an AHL contract for the remainder of the 2020-21 season, and his entry-level contract begins at the start of the 2021-22 season.
Skinner, 19 (turns 20 years old on Apr. 29), skated in 26 games with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL this season, registering 7 goals and 10 assists for 17 points, along with 19 penalty minutes.
He ranks 3rd among ECHL defensemen in goals and ranks 10th among ECHL defensemen with 74 shots on goal in 2020-21.
The 6-2, 182-pounder played with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 2019-20, registering 32 points (6 goals, 26 assists) and a +22 rating in 62 games.
Skinner ranked 13th among OHL defensemen in plus/minus rating last season, and he was tied for 3rd among OHL defensemen who were in their U19 season or younger in plus/minus rating during the season.
Internationally, the Wyandotte, Michigan native helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Skinner was selected by the Rangers in the 4th round, 112th overall, of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
Wow, that's great to hear. His coach is comparing Zac Jones's ability to Adam Fox is quite a compliment. Imagine the Rangers having two Adam Fox caliber defensemen.
And those guys will get smashed in the post-season if management doesn't acquire some muscle.
The Rangers might barely get by Washington, Boston, Tampa Bay, but they will not get past those big Western teams if they don't. No way.
That goes without saying, but certainly a big yes to that. I'm hoping Braden Schneider will be here soon as will Willy Cuylle. Both were 2020 draft picks and both play a physical game. Wouldn't hurt for the Rangers to acquire someone of that mold via free agency as well.
Last Edit: Apr 2, 2021 10:05:57 GMT -5 by Double R