News: Rangers sign college free agent Ryan*Haggerty
March 12th, 2014 2:01 pm
The Rangers have signed college free agent Ryan Haggerty to an entry-level deal.
He is 6-0, 200 lbs and from Stamford, Connecticut.
Haggerty, 21 and a junior, has 28 goals and 15 assists in 35 games. He has 10 PP goals.
As a freshman he had 7 goals and 8 assists in 35 games
As a sophomore he had 12 goals and 14 assists in 36 games
“Scored 13 goals in his first 10 games this season and now has 28 in 35 outings … His father, Roger, spent eight years in the Boston Red Sox system.” (CBC)
Jeff Gorton says that Haggerty can score goals, has gotten better each season and the team likes his work ethic and his “drive to get better every day.” (Rangers)
Haggerty was first-team ECAC this season at RPI. (Without a Peer)
Haggerty was “dangerous” for RPI at the top of the slot, has a “great shot that has eyes” and decent speed in transition. (Without a Peer)
He has some defensive concerns and will probably need time in the AHL next year to adjust. (Without a Peer)
Haggerty will report to the Rangers and not the Wolf Pack. (Katie Strang)
He will burn the first-year of his three-year entry level contract by joining the team. He can’t play in the playoffs because he was not on the reserve list prior to the trade deadline. (Larry Brooks)
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NEW YORK, March 12, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent forward Ryan Haggerty.
Haggerty, 21, registered 28 goals and 15 assists for 43 points, along with 42 penalty minutes and a plus-seven rating in 35 games with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) this season. He established career-highs in goals, assists, and points, while finishing third in the NCAA in goals and tied for eighth in points. Haggerty led the ECAC in goals, shots on goal (161), and game-winning goals (six), ranked second in the conference in points, and third in power play goals (10). The Junior posted eight multi-goal performances, including a hat trick on October 19 against Sacred Heart. He also recorded a season-high, six-game point streak from November 23 at Mercyhurst to December 15 against the U.S. National U-18 team.
The 6-0, 200-pounder has skated in 106 career NCAA contests over three seasons with RPI, registering 47 goals and 37 assists for 84 points, along with 102 penalty minutes. Last season, he tied for the team lead in goals (12) and ranked fourth in points (26) while skating in 36 contests. As a Freshman, Haggerty tied for second on the team in goals (seven) and ranked fourth in points (15) in 35 games during the 2011-12 season.
Prior to joining RPI, Haggerty skated in 108 career games over two seasons in the U.S. Development Program (USDP), registering 21 goals and 27 assists for 48 points, along with 66 penalty minutes. He established USDP career-highs in goals (11), assists (18), and points (29), while skating with the U.S. National U-18 Team in 2010-11. The Stamford, Connecticut native captured a gold medal with Team USA at the 2011 IIHF U-18 World Junior Championship, tallying two goals in six tournament contests.
I would speculate that Jesper Fast, this summer, will be traded as part of a transaction designed to replenish some draft picks. Fast is a nice player, in all zones of the ice, but he is small. With St. Louis and Zuccarello solidly entrenched on the team, and now the signing of Haggerty, it would make sense for the Rangers to balance their size along the right-wing position, and they probably do need draft picks.
Redfish: it's funny you said that, last night before the game they said Winnipegs avg. height was 6'3" and 219 lbs. ( kind of shocked because Byfuglien is like 300lbs. all by himself) and ours were 6'0" and 203 lbs. ( Boyle at 6'7" gives up 7" to help MSL & Zuccs come up to 6'0"). Anyway I agree we need to get bigger and more physical while not sacrificing speed. And making deals for picks and opening up cap space makes alot of sense--- add Bourque and St.Croix to that list.
I would like to see this organization do what Detroit does and make sure their players get a year in the AHL before joining the club. For a lot of these players, especially the college players its a big jump to the NHL not only in skill but with travel and games played in a year. Its why Detroit always seems to have good nhl ready players to fill in when injuries occur. As Ken Holland always said he would rather have an over ripe player join the team than a green one. Its good that outside of Miller most of our guys did stay in the minors for the most part outside the start of the year when we had injuries. To me Boyle and maybe Moore will be replaced by youth next year, with hopefully Miller and Lindberg filling those spots and letting Hagerty get used to the schedule in the minors.