Rangers close to signing undrafted free agent Jake Elmer

The Rangers are set to make their first splash in the undrafted free agent pool, targeting RW Jake Elmer of the WHL’s Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Elmer has thrived with Dylan Cozens, as McKenzie noted, putting up 38-40-78 in 66 games. That’s a huge improvement on his 18-19-37 in 70 games last season. What I wonder is how high he would go if he were born one day later, as McKenzie noted. He certainly wouldn’t be taken in the first round, or else he would have been drafted last season. It is worth noting that per our own Josh Khalfin (private Twitter), Elmer has more primary points this year than Dylan Cozens, a projected top-ten pick.

What Evan here is saying is that despite the fact that Elmer does get a lot of points with Cozens, he’s not riding Cozens’ coattails. He can generate offense on his own. That bodes well, although there are still legitimate concerns that he may be in a Ryan Gropp situation, who was a product of Matt Barzal in his draft year

Corey Pronman notes that he’s likely going to be AHL depth, which is fine for an undrafted free agent. The Pack need skill, and Elmer is certainly a skill type player. Since he’s coming to the Rangers without the cost of a draft pick, anything that provides value is good for the Rangers.

Late birthdays are always hard to project, since they are physically behind the guys who are almost a year older than him but still in his draft. The question that hasn’t yet been answered is whether or not he is truly a product of Cozens. The scoring map doesn’t show that he is, but you never know. This is a good, smart signing to start off the undrafted free agency season.

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23 thoughts on “Rangers close to signing undrafted free agent Jake Elmer

  • Mar 15, 2019 at 7:38 am
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    Look at his scoring over the breadth of his career to the likes of Dawson Leedahl(fringe AHLer) and Keegan Iverson non tendered pick)

    Fringe AHLer whose numbers at a 19 year old wouldn’t be much to write home about in the Dub, let alone as a 20 year old.

    Not a lottery ticket, but a unscratched Wheel of Fortune card found on the sidewalk outside a 7-11.

    • Mar 15, 2019 at 8:07 am
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      So, no chance for a bottom six guy? He’s not your usual older, FA smurf, and he shoots right handed. Peripherals seem to say he some potential, no?

    • Mar 15, 2019 at 11:04 am
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      I think you’re spot on R. You never know but I doubt this will amount to anything. Would prefer they try to sign a different type of free agent coming out of juniors — high octane guys with great wheels.

    • Mar 15, 2019 at 12:27 pm
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      Look at Jake Leschyshyn:
      draft year(2nd rounder) .85ppg
      Last season: .62ppg
      this season 1.33ppg before traded, 1.07 after.

      Elmer:
      draft year, .34ppg
      last season: .52ppg
      This season: 1.18ppg playing with a top 10 pick.

      I’m not sure either one would be a top 6 AHLer.

  • Mar 15, 2019 at 8:05 am
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    This is a high-reward, low risk signing. There are certainly worse players to add to the roster,

    • Mar 15, 2019 at 8:20 am
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      The last time he scored st an elite rate was 5 years ago in a 2nd tier midget league.

      Bottom 6 filler at best in Hartford.

  • Mar 15, 2019 at 9:12 am
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    I am not a big fan of signing guys just to fill a bottom six role in Hartford. I would hope he has a shot to become something better than that.

    As long as he does not turn out to be Elmer Fudd then I guess he’s worth a shot…

    • Mar 15, 2019 at 9:26 am
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      They have 9 forwards on the roster now, Lettieri is an RFA, Beleskey is a retained salary trade/buyout candidate(then again, the could put the C on him.)

      Unless Barron turns pro or they bring Virta over, they don’t really have anybody on the reserve list to sign.

      • Mar 15, 2019 at 9:47 am
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        What’s the 411 on Barron? Apparently he just finished this past season at Cornell as one of the top sophomore D-1 players in the country. The team was pretty good and was nationally ranked, I believe. I’m hearing he has really good size and is a good skater.

  • Mar 15, 2019 at 9:48 am
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    Our Hartford team is a mess. If we bring in new young talent, then we need to change the system there and the whole coaching staff. Our own AHL team is sabotaging our future success.

  • Mar 15, 2019 at 10:50 am
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    Not commenting on this per se, but signings like this are not as cheap as they were two years ago. The 50 man roster allows you to sign a good number, but not a huge number, of kids. With few draft choices, you fill the roster with numerous undrafted free agents and marginal draftees. BUT, if you draft lots of talented players – and that is what the Rangers are trying to do – one must give a little more care about who you hand a 50 man roster spot to. The Huska signing suggests that the Rangers have not figured this out.

    • Mar 15, 2019 at 11:07 am
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      i agree

    • Mar 15, 2019 at 12:06 pm
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      The Rangers are at 44 players on the 50 man roster, 7 of whom will likely be gone come July 1. Most of the plethora of past picks aren’t coming in a tidal wave this summer or next.

      They’re not exactly walking a tightrope here.

      • Mar 15, 2019 at 2:03 pm
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        I am referring to 50 man roster spots in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. These are not one year deals.

        • Mar 15, 2019 at 4:14 pm
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          Not going to be an issue those years as well.

  • Mar 15, 2019 at 1:06 pm
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    Elmer kills penalties, has 6 shorties; this would explain a large part of the difference in primary points.

  • Mar 15, 2019 at 3:08 pm
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    Seeing speculation this is a precursor to us picking Dylan Cozen. I would be very happy if we pick Cozen in the first round, however; where we sit now at #7, I don’t think Cozen will be available. I’m happy to be wrong, but he looks like a top 5 pick this year.

    • Mar 15, 2019 at 3:46 pm
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      Probably between 3 and 5

      • Mar 15, 2019 at 7:10 pm
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        Who knows maybe Cozens success is having Elmer as a line mate

  • Mar 15, 2019 at 3:47 pm
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    Cozens is the guy I want not named Kappo. My top 3 as follows:

    Kakko
    Cozens
    Podkolzin

    • Mar 15, 2019 at 6:34 pm
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      No Hughes Leatherneck?

      • Mar 15, 2019 at 7:38 pm
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        Not too sure how Hughes’ game translates to the NHL game? Everyone says he’s the man, but his size concerns me as well. I believe that Leather’s pick sound about right, and I would go for Kakko first if I were in such a position to draft first!!!!!!!

  • Mar 16, 2019 at 4:35 am
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    Absolutely nothing to lose here. A 12/31 birth date gave the Rangers an opportunity. And playing with Cozens says that there’s some skill there.

    Why not? It’s not like there’s so much talent at Fartford that this is a wasted signing.

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