The New York Rangers have signed Will Cuylle to an entry-level contract. The Blueshirts drafted Cuylle in the 2020 draft, in the second round 60th overall. The pick was acquired from the L.A. Kings in exchange for Lias Andersson.
Update: ELC begins next season.
Rangers sign Will Cuylle to ELC
Per the Rangers website:
NEW YORK, April 19, 2021 – The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward Will Cuylle on an entry-level contract.
Cuylle, 19, has skated in 13 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season, registering two goals and three assists for five points, along with 26 penalty minutes. He tallied his first career AHL goal/point while making his AHL debut on Feb. 7 vs. Bridgeport, and he recorded his first career AHL assist while skating in his second career AHL game on Feb. 11 at Providence. Cuylle posted his first career multi-point game in the AHL by registering two points (one goal, one assist) on Apr. 10 vs. Providence.
The 6-3, 212-pounder skated in 62 games with the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) last season, registering 22 goals and 20 assists for 42 points, along with 37 penalty minutes. He established OHL career-highs in several categories in 2019-20, including assists, points, and shots on goal (200). Cuylle tied for third on Windsor in power play goals (seven), ranked fourth in shots on goal, and ranked fifth in goals last season.
Cuylle is a big Star Wars fan, but not of Baby Yoda
Back in October, Cuylle spoke with Forever Blueshirts about his career and being drafted by the Rangers. “My billet parents from Windsor stopped by in Toronto to watch with us,” Cuylle told Steven Voogel about the pandemic draft. “That was a special moment, having both families in the room for this. It was pretty exciting to hear my name being called.”
On draft day, he impressed NHL Network with his knowledge of Star Wars so we asked him about it as well. He recollected watching the prequels when he was about 4 or 5 years old and he unequivocally says Revenge of the Sith is the best Star Wars movie. We also asked him who his favorite character was and he said, “Anakin Skywalker”.
Oddly enough, Will isn’t a fan of Disney+ hit show, The Mandolorian. “It’s a little to slow for me,” he said. Well there is nothing slow or boring about his game on the ice, that’s for sure. We look forward to watching his career progress in Hartford next.