New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired forward Taylor Beck from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Justin Fontaine.
Beck, 25, has skated in 40 games with the Bakersfield Condors of the American Hockey League (AHL) this season, registering 13 goals and 37 assists for 50 points, along with a plus-12 rating and 18 penalty minutes. Beck has established AHL career-highs in assists and points this season. He ranks second in the AHL in assists and is tied for second in the league in points in 2016-17. In addition, Beck leads the Condors in assists and points, ranks second on the team in plus/minus rating, and is tied for fourth on the team in goals this season. Beck has posted 15 multi-point games in 2016-17, and he tallied a season-high, four points (one goal, three assists) on Nov. 5 vs. Texas.
The 6-2, 203-pounder has also skated in three NHL games with the Oilers in 2016-17, registering four penalty minutes. Beck has skated in 90 career NHL games over parts of five seasons (2012-13 - 2016-17) with Nashville, the NY Islanders, and Edmonton, recording 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points. He skated in 62 games with the Predators during the 2014-15 season, tallying eight goals and eight assists for 16 points. Beck also skated in five playoff games with Nashville in 2014-15.
Beck has skated in 283 career AHL games over parts of six seasons, registering 74 goals and 141 assists for 215 points, along with a plus-13 rating and 148 penalty minutes. He has recorded at least 20 assists and 40 points in four of his last five seasons in the AHL. Beck has also skated in 16 career AHL playoff games, registering four points (two goals, two assists) and eight penalty minutes.
The St. Catharines, Ontario, native was selected by Nashville in the third round, 70th overall, of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Fontaine skated in 50 AHL games with the Hartford Wolf Pack this season, registering nine goals and 21 assists for 30 points, along with 20 penalty minutes. He was signed by the Rangers as a free agent on Oct. 16, 2016.