New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Vince Pedrie.
Pedrie, 23, skated in 39 games with the Penn State University Nittany Lions this season, registering eight goals and 22 assists for 30 points, along with a plus-27 rating and 24 penalty minutes. He was selected to the Big Ten First All-Star Team and the Big Ten All-Tournament Team, as he helped Penn State win the Big Ten Championship. Pedrie's 30 points in 2016-17 were the most a defenseman recorded in one season in Penn State's history. Pedrie ranked third in the NCAA in shots on goal (167) and tied for fifth in the NCAA in plus/minus rating in 2016-17. In addition, he led NCAA defensemen in shots on goal, ranked third in plus/minus rating, tied for fourth in game-winning goals (three), tied for 12th in points, and tied for 13th in assists this season.
The 6-0, 195-pounder skated in 71 career games in two seasons with Penn State (2015-16 and 2016-17), registering 16 goals and 36 assists for 52 points, along with a plus-30 rating and 56 penalty minutes. Pedrie registered eight goals in each of his two seasons with Penn State, and he also recorded at least 20 points in each season. He was selected to the Big Ten All-Rookie Team and the Big Ten Second All-Star Team during his freshman year in 2015-16.
Prior to beginning his collegiate career, the Rochester, Minnesota, native played four seasons in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Omaha Lancers, Indiana Ice, Bloomington Thunder, and Tri-City Storm. In 194 career USHL games, Pedrie registered 21 goals and 45 assists for 66 points, along with 197 penalty minutes.