Rangers Roundup: Austin Rueschhoff; two others sign deals, and more prospect news

The New York Rangers announced three signings on Monday afternoon. Austin Rueschhoff, Turner Elson, and Andy Welinski all agreed to new contracts. Financial terms were not disclosed by the team.

All three players are expected to compete for jobs with the Rangers AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack.

New York Rangers sign Austin Rueschhoff and two others

Rueschhoff, 24, was signed out of college as a free agent back on March 20, 2020. At 6’7 and 229 lbs, the forward is one of the biggest prospects in the Rangers pipeline. Last season with the Hartford Wolf Pack, he recorded 14 goals and 24 points in 59 games. He was ranked 6th on the team in goals which earned him a one-year deal at $750,000 per CapFriendly. Rueschhoff is exempt from needing to go on waivers for a call up.

Elson, 29, played last season with the Detroit Red Wings AHL affiliate and even appeared in to games with the big club. The forward scored 45 points in 73 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins. Per CapFriendly, he was signed for two-years with an AAV of $762,500.

Welinski, 29, registered 19 points in 39 games with the AHL’s Stockton Heat an affiliate of the Calgary Flames. Per CapFriendly the defenseman has signed for one-year at $750,000.

Brennan Othmann prepping for WJC in Edmonton

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Brennan Othmann takes part in the Rangers Prospect Development Camp at the Rangers Training facility in Tarrytown July 12, 2022. Credit: © Frank Becerra Jr. / The Journal News / USA TODAY NETWORK

Brennan Othmann just completed New York Rangers Prospect Development Camp but won’t be resting for long.

Forever Blueshirts has been told that Othmann will be heading to Edmonton to compete for Team Canada at the recently rescheduled World Junior Championships from August 9th to 20th. The tournament was cancelled back in December.

This past season for the Flint Firebirds, the versatile forward was an absolute force. In 66 regular games, he posted 50 goals and 97 points per the OHL’s website. He also added 9 goals and 24 points in 19 postseason games.

Ranking New York Rangers Prospects

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Jan 2, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Zac Jones (6) skates with the puck during the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

On Monday, we ranked 10 of the Rangers top prospects by NHL readiness. Here’s a look at the list.

RankPlayerPOSAGESTATUS/AAV
1Zac JonesD211 YEAR/$925K
2Vitali KravtsovRW221 YEAR/$875K
3Nils LundkvistD212 YEARS/$925K
4Matthew RobertsonD212 YEARS/$797K
5Will CuylleF203 YEARS/$828K
6Brennan OthmannF193 YEARS/$894K
7Bobby TrivignoF232 YEARS/$925K
8Gustav RydahlC271 YEAR/$750K
9Lauri PajuniemiF221 YEAR/$883K
10Brett BerardF19UNSIGNED
New York Rangers prospects

If you want to dive deeper into the list, check out the full article here.

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