Ty Emberson should get a serious look at Rangers training camp
On Thursday, the New York Rangers re-signed defenseman Ty Emberson to a one-year deal. Per PuckPedia, it’s a two-way contract with an AAV of $775,000 and an AHL salary of $85,000.
The 23 year-old was acquired as part of the trade that sent defenseman Patrik Nemeth, a 2025 second-round pick, and a conditional second-round pick in 2026 to the Arizona Coyotes on July 13, 2022.
Last season, he registered 7 goals and 20 assists for 27 points in 69 regular-season games for the Hartford Wolf Pack with a +17 rating. Emberson was also recognized as the AHL’s Eastern Conference Best Defensive Defenseman.
Despite being a third-round pick in the 2018 Draft for the Yotes, the 6-1′ and 195 lbs right-handed defenseman has yet to play a regular-season NHL contest.
Ty Emberson deserves a look at Rangers camp
The Rangers depth chart on right defense became pretty thin once Nils Lundqvist was traded to the Dallas Stars last season.
Heading into the 2023-24 campaign, New York’s right side is on lock with Adam Fox, Jacob Trouba, and Braden Schneider. While Ben Harpur, Erik Gustafsson, and Zac Jones will compete for the sixth and seventh spots on defense this year, they’re all left-handed shots. That’s why Emberson deserves a long look at training camp this September just in case the Blueshirts need a longterm call up on right defense.
Emberson’s play along with partner Zac Jones helped the Wolf Pack end a long playoff drought dating back to 2015. In postseason action, he registered 2 goals and 3 assist for 5 points in 9 games as Hartford won two series as huge underdogs.
“It’s about the team success,” Emberson said during the playoffs. “I don’t look at the individual stats too much.”
Emberson also has familiarity with another important Rangers’ defenseman, the newly re-signed K’Andre Miller. The two were not just teammates at the University of Wisconsin but close friends.
“We talk about life, anything family-wise, I can literally talk to him about anything,” Miller told The Athletic about Emberson back in 2020. “He’s just that one guy that I have as a friend that I can feel comfortable telling anything and I know that he’ll have my back.”
During Emberson’s time at Wisconsin, he played in 101 games and recorded 34 points with 9 goals over three seasons. Rangers management is also familiar with Emberson’s strong body of work as he played for the U.S. National Team at the 2020 World Junior Championships.
In his young career, Emberson has earned a reputation for being a hard-working competitor that does what needs to be done on the blue-line. Anything from tight zone coverage to shot-blocking is executed to the best of his abilities and results in wins for his team.
Peter Laviolette and his staff will have a lot of work to do taking over the squad after last year’s disappointing first round exit to the New Jersey Devils. While they need to familiarize themselves with the Rangers’ regulars at camp, it would be wise not to lose sight of what Emberson could bring to the team in a pinch.