The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward Morgan Barron on an entry-level contract. Barron's contract begins at the start of the 2020-21 season.
Barron, 21, skated in 29 games with Cornell University this season, registering 14 goals and 18 assists for 32 points, along with a plus-17 rating and 24 penalty minutes. He was named a First Team All-American, and he was selected as one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in collegiate hockey in 2019-20. Barron was named the ECAC Hockey Player of the Year this season. In addition, he was named to the ECAC Hockey First All-Star Team and was a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy League First All-Star Team this season. Barron, who was a tri-captain with Cornell in 2019-20, led the team in several categories during the season, including goals, points, and shots on goal (103), and he was tied for second on the team in assists. He helped Cornell post a 23-2-4 record and win the ECAC Regular Season Championship during the 2019-20 season.
The 6-4, 220-pounder skated in 98 career collegiate games over three seasons (2017-18 - 2019-20) with Cornell, registering 34 goals and 50 assists for 84 points, along with a plus-36 rating. Barron was selected to the ECAC Hockey First All-Star Team and the All-Ivy League First All-Star Team in each of his last two seasons. He established collegiate career-highs in games played (36), goals (15), assists (19), and points (34) in 2018-19, and in addition to being named to the ECAC First All-Star Team and All-Ivy League First All-Star Team during the season, he was also a finalist for ECAC Hockey's Best Defensive Forward. Barron led Cornell in goals and points in each of his final two seasons at Cornell, and he also led the team in shots on goal in each of those seasons, recording 255 shots on goal in 65 games (3.92 shots on goal per game over the span). Barron tied for third in the NCAA in shots on goal in 2018-19 (152).
The Halifax, Nova Scotia native was selected by the Rangers in the sixth round, 174th overall, of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.