Goaltender Brandon Halverson and forward Tim Gettinger had a running joke throughout the season with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds that Gettinger, a 2016 draft-eligible player would join 2014 second-rounder Halverson with the Blueshirts.
Sure enough, the Hockey Gods worked their magic and Gettinger was taken 141st overall Saturday in Buffalo, reuniting the friends under one organization again.
"That was so funny when I saw his name come up," Halverson told BlueshirtsUnited.com in a phone interview Saturday afternoon, hours after Gettinger heard his name announced on Day 2 of the Draft. "All year long I've been joking with him that you're going to the Rangers. It was just so funny that it actually ended up happening."
Halverson called Gettinger one of his best friends on the team, and called him one of the best players to be around on the Greyhounds' squad.
On the ice, Halverson described the Cleveland, Ohio-native as a good defensive forward who works hard every shift. He said he uses his 6-foot-6, 202-pound frame well and is always willing to block a shot to help his goaltender out.
"He's going to be a very threatening forward in the future," Halverson predicted.
Gettinger established career-highs with 17 goals and 22 assists for 39 points last season with the Greyhounds and was an assistant captain.