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Rangers sign forward Josh Nicholls to entry level deal

The Rangers have signed forward Josh Nicholls –20 years old– to an entry-level deal, confirmed by Seth Rothman of Inside Hockey (side note: A great follow if you aren’t already). Nicholls is Rangers’ prospect Shane McColgan’s teammate with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL. The 6’2, 185 lb winger was originally drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 7th round in 2010, but they let his rights expire last year.

This year with Saskatoon, Nicholls has 41 goals and 73 points in 65 games. Nicholls’ deal will be a three-year entry-level deal. Pension Plan Puppets (Leafs blog) notes that Nicholls also suffered a knee injury, which may have played into why the Leafs didn’t tender a contract.

6 Responses to “Rangers sign forward Josh Nicholls to entry level deal”

  1. Matt Josephs says:

    Even if he doesn’t make it to the Rangers, the Whale can use some bodies for the short term.

  2. JC says:

    I think it was Bob McKenzie who tweeted that he will stay with his team through the Memorial Cup in May, and his contract doesn’t start until next season.

    https://twitter.com/TSNBobMcKenzie/status/308718691565068289

  3. rickyrants13 says:

    This kidhas awsome skill and great skating. He is healthy again. There is a great scoring video on You tube check it out. Could be a good signing

  4. Tack says:

    He’ll stay in Saskatoon because his team the Blades are hosting the Memorial Cup this year. So they get an automatic bid to play in the CHL championship Tourney. I’m just a few hours south of saskatoon in regina. I might have to go check this guy out and see what the rangers see in him. Plus going to the memorial cup would be awesome. Best Junior A teams from across canada playing in it. GO WHL!!

  5. James says:

    Lefts tried to sign him but he wanted the max entry level deal allowed, which the leafs said no to. This guy being a 7th round draft pick wanted 1st round money. The leafs cut him loose with good reason. He should have been happy to sign a pro deal. Hopefully things work out for him in New York, but I get the impression he has gotten some bad advise along the way. He would have had a greater chance to play with the leafs compared to the rangers.