NEW YORK, April 1, 2015 - New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Brady Skjei on an entry-level contract.
Skjei, 21, skated in 33 games with the University of Minnesota this season, registering one goal and nine assists for 10 points, along with a plus-seven rating and 32 penalty minutes. He established a collegiate career-high, and tied for third among team defensemen, in assists while helping the Golden Gophers capture the Big Ten Championship.
The 6-3, 206-pounder skated in 109 career collegiate games over three seasons with the University of Minnesota, registering eight goals and 19 assists for 27 points, along with a plus-33 rating and 76 penalty minutes. Skjei established collegiate career-highs in games played (40), goals (six), points (14), and plus/minus rating (plus-15) during his sophomore season in 2013-14. He posted a plus/minus rating of plus-seven or better in each of his three collegiate seasons.
Internationally, the Lakeville, Minnesota native has represented Team USA in several tournaments. Most recently, Skjei tallied one assist and posted a plus-five rating in five games at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship. He ranked second on Team USA, and tied for fifth among all defensemen in the tournament, in plus/minus rating. Skjei also helped Team USA capture a gold medal at the 2012 IIHF U18 World Junior Championship, as he led all players in the tournament with a plus-10 rating.
Skjei was originally selected by the Rangers in the first round, 28th overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.