Rangers sign 2022 draft pick Victor Mancini

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Victor Mancini agreed to terms on a two-year, entry-level contract with the New York Rangers on Tuesday, becoming their second pick from the 2022 NHL Draft to sign and turn pro.

The 21-year-old defenseman was New York’s fourth pick that year, the No. 159 overall selection in the fifth round. Adam Sykora, a second-round selection (No. 63 overall) was New York’s first pick and is playing for Hartford in the American Hockey League.

Mancini’s pro contract doesn’t begin until next season but he will join Sykora in Hartford for the rest of this season after he signed an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO) on Tuesday. Recently-signed draft picks Hugo Ollas (2020 draft) and Jaroslav Chmelar (2021) also went this route and are currently on the Wolf Pack roster.

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Victor Mancini signs entry-level contract with Rangers

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This past season, Mancini had 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 40 games for the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Michigan native was tied for fourth on the team with a plus-7 rating.

In three seasons at Nebraska-Omaha, the same school that Wolf Pack defenseman Brandon Scanlin played for, Mancini had 23 points (four goals, 19 assists) in 110 games. Last season, Mancini was named NCHC Academic All-Conference.

Prior to college, Mancini played one season for Green Bay in the USHL and parts of two seasons in Sweden, including with the Frolunda junior program. Rangers legend Henrik Lundqvist played in the same junior program with Frolunda when he was a teenager.

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