The New York Rangers
said Wednesday they have agreed to terms with free agent forward Mats Zuccarello Aasen
, a 22-year-old Norwegian who topped the Swedish Elite League in scoring this past season.
Zuccarello Aasen skated in 55 games with Modo of the Swedish league this past season, scoring 23 goals and adding 41 assists for 64 points, along with 62 penalty minutes. He led the league in scoring with 64 points en route to capturing the MVP award while establishing career highs in games played, goals, assists, points and penalty minutes. Zuccarello Aasen ranked third in the league in goals and shots (164), tied for third in assists, and led all SEL forwards in average ice time (22:17).
The 5-foot-9, 170-pounder also played for Norway at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, finishing third on the team in scoring with three points (1 goal and 2 assists) in four games. He also played for Norway at the just-completed World Championships in Germany, tying for the team lead with 3 goals, including a pair of game-winners.
"Mats is a highly skilled player with excellent hockey sense," Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather
said in a statement. "He has produced at every level he has played, and we think his offensive abilities, both as a scorer and play maker, make him a valuable asset to the organization."