Rangers sign Brandon Crawley to entry level deal

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The Rangers have signed defenseman Brandon Crawley to a three year entry level contract. Crawley, taken in the fourth round of this year’s draft, was a bit of an interesting draft pick as an over-ager. However his play in camp showed he could take the next step.

At 20 years old, Crawley will help solidify a blue line in Hartford that was in dire need of some young speed. He’s not flashy, but he gets the job done with good positioning and stick work in the defensive zone. Crawley joins Neal Pionk, Alexei Bereglazov, Vince Pedrie, and Sean Day on the Hartford blue line, which makes them a strong and mobile group.

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    • They could, if they are specifically looking for bad hockey players to waste roster slots on. Glass has more skill than either of these two. Desjardins has more skill than either of these two. (Not much of a compliment, BTW.)

      Also, Mashinter was already a Ranger. His presence served no purpose towards winning hockey games then, same as it wouldn’t now.

    • At least, according to the Windsor Star, you are correct. No mention on the Ranger website though.

      Devastating loss to Hartford as they are down to seven defensemen, one of whom is John Gilmour. Garrett Noonan is the seventh.

      • Related notes from Hartford: Rangers are terminating the contract of Robin Kovacs and Halverson has been sent to Greenville. Obviously Hartford wasn’t going to keep three goalies, but it may be surprising that Halverson is the odd man out.

        Does anyone understand termination of ELCs. Presumably teams can’t just do it as there is always obvious dead wood. But I imagine Kovacs was eager to continue his career in Sweden and wanted to divorce himself from his obligations to the Ranger organization. Anybody know if I have the rules roughly correct – or better, what they are.

        • Like Dave said in another blog., it’s probably to make sure Halverson gets the majority of reps since Georgiev is probably #3 right now on the depth chart.

          Re: Kovacs, there’s a story here … hope we find out the “why” in all of this.

        • Kovacs was placed on unconditional waivers for purposes of termination and cleared. His standard player contract was terminated due to article 14 of the SPC, (failure to render services.)

          He’s off the 50 man roster, if he tries to return to North America, he would have to clear waivers. There’s a better chance of Daniel Bernhardt being in next year’s starting lineup.

          Rumor is that he’s signing with Lulea, but he’s a bottom 6 guy even on that team.

  • This is great news IMO. There was the possibility that the Rangers could simply not sign Crawley this year and send him back to juniors as an over-ager. I don’t think he had much to learn that way and, while most here would not agree, I think he will be one of the better Pack defensemen.

    The betting line is that Pionk and Graves will be the top pair, but I’m more excited long term by Day and Crawley.

    • That’s right. An amazing turn-around in defensive personnel at Hartford in just 1 off-season.

      Nice job by the Front Office.

    • This remains to be seen. At this time, Hartford has seven defensemen, six of whom are on ELCs. So Hartford has more guys we are excited about than usual. But guys like Chris Summers and Steven Kampfer are actually good AHL players. Whereas we really don’t know if guys like Pedrie and Bereglazov can cut it in the AHL at this time.

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