Rangers sign OHL defenseman Troy Donnay

July 31, 2013, by

Per Capgeek (s/t to Kevin Power of Blueshirt Banter for the tip), the Rangers have signed OHL defenseman Troy Donnay to a three year entry level deal. Donnay, an undrafted free agent, participated in Rangers prospect camp this year following his third year in the OHL. The 19-year-old Donnay played for the Erie Otters, registering a goal and seven assists over the full season while serving as the alternate captain. His -39 is scary, but Erie was just awful this year.

The 6’7, 185 lb defenseman is not known for his offensive skills, but has decent skating ability for someone of his size. He doesn’t have a big mean streak yet, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a physical player. With most teenagers, he needs to bulk up before he can become an effective player. He will likely return to the OHL for at least one more season.

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  1. pavel says:

    6’7″ and 185lbs? Time to hit the weight room, dude

  2. Mikeyyy says:

    Do you even lift bro? You got chicken arms.

    • Centerman21 says:

      Yeah he’s skinny and I was laughing when I saw his hight and weight but he just signed an NHL contract. What are you people doing? You don’t have to rank on the kid. He’s just that a kid. Not expected to make the NHL for 3-4-5 years. I’d rather have a kid like him 6’7″ than a 5’7″ kid any day. He puts 20 pounds on and he’s a beast.
      I wanna know how much you people are lifting? He plays hockey in the OHL, how do you know if he works out or hard. He may be the hardest worker on the Erie. You two are probably the scrawniest people on Earth. At least he’s an Athlete. Man, grow a pair.

      • pavel says:

        Relax dude. Those are just off the cuff remarks. Are you related to him, or something, to take it that personally.
        Furthermore, do you not think that those are exactly the comments management will be telling him? Any analysis you read, will refer to player’s weight, especially as it relates to his height. The lack of weight is not a knock on his personality, or training habits, of which we know nothing. However, he will have a very hard time surviving in AHL, being this skinny.
        Also, you make get pissed at someone for taking a shot of his weight, and you response is to attack someone else athleticism. Stay classy, Centerman21, stay classy

        • Centerman21 says:

          If you look him up there’s video of him and his buddies water skiing barefoot. He’s not as scrawny as he sounds. He’s actually a pretty big kid. What ticks me off about those vague comments at him, is where are they coming from? Some kid fan with no athletic bone in his body. Or an over weight JO that never played a game in his life but has an opinion on kids that made it. This kid may be skinny but he just got an NHL contract. Look who’s talking.

    • Centerman21 says:

      Do you lift? Are you an Athlete? Do you play hockey? No. You work out your thumbs on your Playstation! Whatta maroon!

    • Mikeyyy says:

      Umm http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2Diy0RNe_c

      Do you lift? Your looking kinda skinny there.

  3. FrankCerbone says:

    Donnay has been a ridiculous -70 over the last 2 years in juniors. That has got to be some kind of record.

    If he puts on 25 lbs, he will be 6-7, 210 and that is still too thin.

    McIlRath was 6-4, 215 when drafted and now is 6-5, 230.

    McIlrath REGULARLY bench presses over 200 lbs in the wight room.

    Donnay, who I have nicknamed “big bird” will be a constant target wherever he goes on the forcheck.

    Wonder what that idiot Gordie Clark was thinking.
    1st Brady Skjei (a finesse, with no offensive skills) #1 draft choice, then now “big bird” Donnay!

    • pavel says:

      How dare you support you point with actual statistics!!?? At least that’s what I think the thumbs down are saying.

    • Centerman21 says:

      Doesn’t matter how skinny he is. If he’s 210 he’s a big kid and as heavy as most of our defenseman right now. How is he gonna be a target? Because he’s 6’7″? He was on a horrible team hence the -70. He costs the Rangers nothing. His contract will Slide and not count against the 50 contract limit. He’s a longshot but he’s a big kid and maybe his Pop is 230. They think he’s going to fill in to his frame some day. Either way it sounds like a smart pick. Skjei is a project and needs time to develop. He’s a tremendous skater and the rest will come. Give it time. The Rangers are.

  4. Ray says:

    Looks to me like the Rangers are investing one of their 50 signed player slots for three years (2014-2017) on a player who probably won’t pan out, but might develop into someone who’s really really good. Done rarely, not a bad idea.

    • Centerman21 says:

      He’s under 19 so his contract will slide and not count against the 50 contract limit. Any player 19 or younger will slide and have there contract carry over to the next year unless they play 10 or more NHL games in any pro season.