Good friend of the blog and owner/operator of The Prospect Park Jess Rubenstein has shared with us that Rangers prospects Andrew Yogan (4th round, 2010), and Peter Ceresnak (6th round, 2011) are expected to join the Connecticut Whale later this week. Yogan (C) and Ceresnak (RD) were teammates this season with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL.
Yogan, in his overage season in the OHL, finished with 78 points in 66 games (41-37-78) with 96 PIMs, and capped his final week in the OHL by winning the Player of the Week. His 2010-2011 season was cut short due to a serious shoulder injury, but he came back in time to play the final ten games of the year and three in the playoffs with the Erie Otters. Yogan played with CT last year on an ATO, netting two goals and an assist in two games.
The Rangers have two options with Yogan: sign him to an entry level deal or give him another ATO and see how he does prior to signing him. Both scenarios are possible, but it would be relatively surprising if the Rangers don’t present Yogan with an ELC.
Ceresnak is also in the same position as Yogan, and both options are possible for him as well. Although Ceresnak played in the OHL this season, he was not drafted out of Canadian Juniors, thus he is eligible to sign a contract. It is more likely that Ceresnak is given an ATO and returned to Peterborough next year though.