Per a report the New York Rangers have agreed to a two-year deal with Providence Senior John Gilmour.
Word is free agent defenseman John Gilmour (@johngilmour93) of Providence College has agreed to 2-year NHL deal with New York Rangers.— Mark Divver (@MarkDivver) August 17, 2016
Gilmour is coming off a nine-goal, 24 point performance in 34 games this year. Adam has a little more information on the signing.
This is a REALLY GOOD pickup by the Rangers. Obviously not Vesey territory, but he's a young dman who can skate. https://t.co/QF0muKNb68— Adam Herman (@AdamZHerman) August 17, 2016
Also, you can bet the Hockey East connections with Brendon Clarke, Chris Drury, and ESPECIALLY Steve Greeley paid off here.— Adam Herman (@AdamZHerman) August 17, 2016
The Rangers have a dearth of high-end prospects in the system, and while Gilmour won’t exactly change that, adding young talent isn’t a bad thing. I look at these players like lottery tickets in that the more you have the more chances you have to find a diamond in the rough. More than anything, though, the Hartford Wolf Pack has been a disaster and this should help that.
I get it, this isn’t the news you wanted to hear while we’re all waiting on Jimmy Vesey but this is still some good news and some good work. Hopefully this is just the first of two big NCAA free agent signings.