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Rangers sign NCAA free agent Conor Allen

A few days ago, Steve Zipay noted that the Rangers were showing interest in NCAA free agent defenseman Connor Allen out of UMass. Today, the Rangers signed Allen to an entry-level deal. Terms of the deal are still unknown, although it is highly unlikely that the Rangers signed him for this season, as he would make contract number 50. It is more likely that his deal begins next season, and he can join the Whale this season if he signs an ATO.

As noted in the previous post, Allen is a 6’1, 203 lb defenseman with a scoring line of 14-25-39 in 99 NCAA games. The Rangers were thin on defensive prospects, so the addition of Allen is a nice boost.

6 Responses to “Rangers sign NCAA free agent Conor Allen”

  1. Jakki says:

    Pretty much every defensive prospect besides McIlrath are RFAs/UFAs this summer. And since there are slim to none chance that any of them would ever be an NHL player I would think the Rangers might wanna sign some more defensive prospects before the start of the next season.

    • Dave says:

      They also have Brady Skjei (1st, 2012) and Calle Andersson (4th, 2012). Neither are signed to ELCs yet.

      • Jakki says:

        Yeah I see that, and they also have Samuel Noreau. Neither Noreau or Andersson are ready for Whale hockey yet, and Skjei will stay at the University of Minnesota for at least another year. So my point was that Rangers have much more offensive prospects that are maybe ready for the NHL than defencemen, so the way I see it they will probably get rid of at least Niemi and Delisle and sign better defensive prospects.

  2. rocketroy says:

    VERY NICE SIGN…Reminds me a little of Brian Leetch….Where are the Rangers in signing (2) other college free agents….Andrej Sustr & Danny DeKeyser….both are terrific prospects, and I hope somehow Ol’ Glen can get them signed also….!!!!!