New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward Ty Ronning on an entry-level contract.
Ronning, 20, has skated in 64 games with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this season, registering 55 goals and 22 assists for 77 points, along with a plus-11 rating and 36 penalty minutes. He has established WHL career-highs in several categories this season, including goals, points, plus/minus rating, shots on goal (313), game-winning goals (eight), and power play goals (15). Ronning ranks second in the WHL in shots on goal and is tied for second in the league in goals in 2017-18. In addition, Ronning leads Vancouver in goals, points, shots on goal, plus/minus rating, power play goals, shorthanded goals (two), and power play points (21), and ranks second in game-winning goals this season. Ronning established the Giants' single-season franchise record in goals in 2017-18, eclipsing the previous single-season franchise record of 48 (Evander Kane - 2008-09). He has recorded three hat tricks and has posted 15 multi-goal games thus far in 2017-18. Ronning registered a WHL career-high 11-game goal/point streak from Oct. 28 to Nov. 22, recording 19 points (14 goals, five assists) during the stretch.
The 5-9, 172-pounder has skated in 279 career WHL games over five seasons (2013-14 - 2017-18), all with Vancouver, registering 121 goals and 90 assists for 211 points, along with 101 penalty minutes. Ronning has tallied at least 50 points in each of the last three seasons (2015-16 - 2017-18), and he has recorded 30 or more goals in two of those three seasons. He also represented the WHL at the 2016 Canada Russia Series and recorded one assist in two contests.
Ronning skated in 12 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season following the conclusion of his junior season with Vancouver. In his 12 contests with Hartford in 2016-17, Ronning recorded two goals and three assists for five points, along with six penalty minutes and 23 shots on goal. He tallied his first career AHL assist/point while making his AHL debut on Mar. 24 vs. Providence, and he registered his first career AHL goal while skating in his second career AHL game on Mar. 25 vs. Bridgeport.
The Burnaby, British Columbia, native was selected by the Rangers in the seventh round, 201st overall, of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.