New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent left wing Chad Wiseman. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Wiseman, 23, appeared in 62 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, registering 25 goals and 27 assists for 52 points, along with 45 penalty minutes. He led the Wolf Pack in goals with 25 tallies and ranked second in scoring with 52 points. Wiseman also led the club and tied for third in the AHL with four shorthanded goals. He matched a franchise-high five-game point scoring streak from December 12 to December 20, tallying six points (five goals, one assist) over the span. In addition, Wiseman skated in four contests with the Rangers, tallying one goal. He made his Rangers debut on January 8 in Carolina and tallied his first NHL goal on January 15 against New Jersey.
The 6-1, 205-pounder has appeared in 215 career games with the Hartford Wolf Pack and Cleveland Barons (AHL), registering 63 goals and 91 assists for 154 points, along with 150 penalty minutes. Wiseman also skated in four contests for the San Jose Sharks during the 2002-03 season, collecting four penalty minutes. In the 2002-2003 season, he ranked second on the Barons with 52 points and 35 assists and third with 17 goals. Wiseman was selected as the Cleveland Barons' 2001-02 Rookie of the Year after ranking third on the team in scoring with 50 points (21 goals, 29 assists).
Prior to joining the professional ranks, Wiseman skated in 194 career games for the Mississauga Ice Dogs and Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), registering 60 goals and 115 assists for 175 points, along with 116 penalty minutes.
The Burlington, Ontario native was originally San Jose's eighth choice, 246th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by the Rangers from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Nils Ekman on August 12, 2003.