New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Jake Elmer.
Elmer, 20, has skated in 66 games with the Lethbridge Hurricanes of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this season, registering 38 goals and 40 assists for 78 points, along with a plus-24 rating and 41 penalty minutes. He has established WHL career-highs in several categories in 2018-19, including goals, assists, points, and plus/minus rating. Elmer posted a 13-game goal streak from Feb. 8 to Mar. 6 (17 goals over the span), which was tied for the longest goal streak in the WHL since the 1996-97 season. In addition, Elmer enters the final weekend of the WHL regular season with an active 16-game point streak. He was named the WHL's Player of the Week for the week ending on Mar. 3, as he recorded 10 points (five goals, five assists) and a plus-nine rating in Lethbridge's four contests during the week. He received three awards from the team in 2018-19: Three Stars Award, Fan Favorite Award, and Community Relations Award.
The 6-1, 190-pounder is tied for the WHL lead in shorthanded goals (six), is tied for 11th in goals, is tied for 12th in game-winning goals (seven), is tied for 14th in shots on goal (245), and ranks 15th in points this season. Elmer leads Lethbridge in goals and shorthanded goals, ranks third on the team in points, and ranks fourth on the team in assists in 2018-19. During his active 16-game point streak, Elmer has registered 32 points (18 goals, 14 assists), and he has posted 11 multi-point games.
The Calgary, Alberta native has skated in 202 career WHL games over parts of five seasons (2014-15 - 2018-19) with Regina, Kootenay, and Lethbridge, registering 63 goals and 68 assists for 131 points, along with 117 penalty minutes. Elmer made his WHL debut as a 15-year-old with Regina on Dec. 13, 2014. He has also skated in 16 career WHL playoff games (all with Lethbridge during the 2018 WHL Playoffs), recording four goals and nine assists for 13 points, along with a plus-six rating and eight penalty minutes.
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