New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Chad Wiseman.
Wiseman, 24, appeared in 60 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, registering 17 goals and 16 assists for 33 points, along with 74 penalty minutes. His 17 goals ranked fifth on the team. Wiseman earned first star honors for the second consecutive game on January 1, by tallying two goals in Hartford's 5-2 victory against Utah. He also earned first star honors on November 1 versus Houston, when he netted the winning goal in the Wolf Pack's first ever shootout victory. In six post-season matches, he notched one goal and one assist, along with six penalty minutes.
The 6-1, 209-pounder has skated in four career contests with the Rangers, tallying one goal. He made his Rangers debut on January 8, 2004 in Carolina and tallied his first NHL goal on January 15, 2004 against New Jersey (Martin Brodeur). He also skated in four contests for the San Jose Sharks during the 2002-03 season, collecting four penalty minutes.
In 275 career games with the Hartford Wolf Pack and Cleveland Barons (AHL), Wiseman has registered 80 goals and 107 assists for 187 points, along with 224 penalty minutes. During the 2003-04 season, he ranked first on the Wolf Pack with 25 goals and second on the team with 27 assists and 52 points. He also represented Hartford at the 2004 AHL All-Star Game, tallying one goal and two assists for the Canadian squad. 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.