New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Dawson Leedahl.
Leedahl, 21, skated in 71 regular season games with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this season, registering 35 goals and 54 assists for 89 points, along with a plus-45 rating and 121 penalty minutes. He established WHL career-highs in several categories in 2016-17, including games played, goals, assists, points, plus/minus rating, and penalty minutes. Leedahl was the only WHL player who registered at least 30 goals, 100 penalty minutes, and a plus-40 rating this season. He tied for sixth in the WHL in plus/minus rating and tied for 12th in the league in points in 2016-17. In addition, he ranked third on Regina in points, and he tied for third on the team in goals and assists this season.
The 6-1, 195-pounder has also skated in 19 playoff games with Regina thus far this year, registering 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points, along with a plus-11 rating and 28 penalty minutes. Leedahl has helped the Pats advance to the 2017 WHL Championship Series, where the Pats are currently facing the Seattle Thunderbirds. He has established WHL playoff career-highs in several categories thus far in 2017, including games played, goals, assists, points, plus/minus rating, and penalty minutes. Leedahl is tied for third in the WHL in goals, is tied for fifth in points, is tied for sixth in plus/minus rating, and is tied for second in penalty minutes thus far in the 2017 Playoffs. Leedahl has registered at least one point in 15 of 19 playoff games thus far this year.
The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, native has skated in 297 career WHL games with Regina and the Everett Silvertips, registering 72 goals and 118 assists for 190 points, along with a plus-44 rating and 367 penalty minutes. In addition, Leedahl has helped his team advance to the playoffs in every season he has played in the WHL, and he has recorded 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists) in 42 career playoff contests. Leedahl also served as Everett's captain during the 2015-16 season.