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Rangers and Patrick Khodorenko agree to ATO, ELC

The Rangers land Khodorenko

Michigan Tech v Michigan State Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images

It’s official. The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with Michigan State University free agent center Patrick Khodorenko on an entry-level contract which begins in 2020-21. Khodorenko has also signed an ATO (amateur try-out) so that he can join the Hartford Wolf Pack immediately.

From the Rangers’ press release:

Khodorenko, 21, skated in 36 games with Michigan State University this season, registering 16 goals and 17 assists for 33 points, along with 20 penalty minutes. He led the Spartans in several categories in 2019-20, including goals, assists, points, and shots on goal (96). Khodorenko posted 11 multi-point games this season, including four multi-point games during his six-game point streak from Oct. 26 – Nov. 14. He also served as an alternate captain for Michigan State during the season.

The 6-0, 200-pounder skated in 143 career collegiate games over four seasons (2016-17 – 2019-20) with Michigan State, registering 54 goals and 66 assists for 120 points. Khodorenko was selected to the Big Ten Second All-Star Team in 2018-19, as he established collegiate career-highs in goals (18) and points (39). He did not miss a game throughout his four-season collegiate career, and he recorded at least 13 goals and 32 points in each of his final three seasons.

The big strike against Khodorenko is his skating ability and concerns about whether or not it will be able to translate to the NHL game. However, he is a safe bet to be a productive center at least at the AHL level given his consistent scoring at the collegiate level on a Spartans team that lacked depth throughout his time there.