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Rangers sign Morgan Barron to entry level contract

The Rangers have signed prospect Morgan Barron to an entry level deal. Barron, the Rangers 6th round pick in 2017, just finished his junior year at Cornell, putting up a line of 14-18-32 in 29 games. He’s been a highly touted prospect in Rangers prospect circles, projecting out to be a bottom-six center sooner rather than later.

Barron is a guy the Rangers had been trying to get signed for some time. The Blueshirts wanted to get him signed last year, but he was committed to winning a National Championship with Cornell. With the Hockey East schedule up in the air and the AHL committed to a December 4th start date for their season, Barron made his decision.

Barron is a solid skater with great hockey sense. He makes good decisions with the puck and is strong in all three zones. He has a legitimate shot at making the roster next year. The deal Morgan Barron signed with the Rangers begins for the 2020-2021 season.

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  • Did you mean ECAC schedule up in the air Dave?

    In any event …. whew, great news especially in light of all the speculation re: his brother’s draft coming up. If he can slot in next year, even as a 4th line center, it might take a little pressure off the Rangers with regard to Strome (assuming they want to slot Chytil as a #2).

  • The lefthanded shooter is big at 6’5β€³, 224 pounds and should be a contender to make the leap to the NHL next season. He’s skilled in all areas with his only downside is his work on faceoffs.

    His signing eliminates a huge risk for the Blueshirts. If he had played his senior year at Cornell, he could have waited until mid-August 2021 and become an Unrestricted Free Agent. Another factor was that his younger brother Justin, a defenseman, is eligible for the next Entry Level Draft and it was possible that Morgan Barron could have tried to sign with the same team that drafts his brother.

    This kid is smart as a tack, has soft hands, very sound defensively, and isn’t afraid to get into the dirty areas. I hate to say this but if Strome plays hardball with the team in an attempt to get a big contract, Morgan is our insurance policy, and Strome will become history.

    • Walt;

      I think Strome is history here. Chityl moves up to the 2nd line, and Barron fights for either the 3rd line, or the 4th line.

      This then allows the Rangers some breathing room to get TDA done on a long term deal, if they choose.

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