New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Brandon Halverson on an entry-level contract.
Halverson, 19, appeared in 50 games with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this past season, posting a 40-5-2 record, along with a 2.63 GAA, a .913 SV%, and 6 SO. He became the first Rangers draft pick in franchise history to earn at least 40 wins in juniors in one season. Halverson established OHL career-bests in appearances, wins, GAA, SV%, and SO in 2014-15. He led the OHL in wins, tied for the league lead in shutouts, ranked third in GAA, and ranked seventh in SV%. Halverson earned a point in 21 straight decisions between November 5 vs. Plymouth and February 6 at Erie (19-0-2 record, 2.53 GAA, .916 SV%, 1 SO over the span). He posted a 10-game winning streak from January 7 at Sudbury to February 6 at Erie (2.77 GAA, .909 SV%, 1 SO over the span). Halverson was named the OHL’s Goaltender of the Month in February of 2015 after posting an 8-1-0, along with a 2.00 GAA, a .933 SV%, and 2 SO in nine appearances.
In the 2015 Playoffs, the 6-4, 185-pounder posted a 10-4 record, along with a 2.94 GAA, a .893 SV%, and 1 SO. He stopped 25 of 26 shots he faced to earn his first career OHL playoff win while making his OHL playoff debut on March 27 vs. Saginaw, and he stopped all 24 shots he faced to earn his first career OHL playoff shutout on March 31 at Saginaw. He earned a win in each of his first nine playoff appearances in 2015.
In 69 career OHL appearances with Sault Ste. Marie, Halverson has posted a 52-11-3 record, along with a 2.72 GAA, a .910 SV%, and 8 SO. He has registered a 44-5-3, record, along with a 2.58 GAA, a .916 SV%, and 7 SO in his last 55 regular season appearances in the OHL.
Internationally, the Traverse City, Michigan native represented the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. Halverson stopped all 14 shots he faced to record his first career win and shutout in international competition while appearing in his first career international game on December 28, 2014 against Germany.
Halverson was originally selected by the Rangers in the second round, 59th overall, of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.