New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Patrick Newell. Newell's contract begins at the start of the 2019-20 season.
Newell, 23, skated in 39 games with St. Cloud State University this season, registering 21 goals and 26 assists for 47 points, along with a plus-35 rating and eight penalty minutes. He has been selected as one of the finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the top collegiate player, in 2018-19. In addition, Newell helped St. Cloud State University win the Penrose Cup as the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Regular Season Champions. He was a unanimous selection as the NCHC Forward of the Year, was named to the NCHC First All-Star Team, and received the NCHC Sportsmanship Award this season.
The 5-10, 170-pounder leads the NCAA in plus/minus rating, is tied for third in the NCAA in game-winning goals (six), is tied for fourth in the NCAA in points, and is tied for eighth in the NCAA in goals in 2018-19. Newell also leads all players in the NCHC in goals and points this season. St. Cloud State University posted a 16-1-1 record in games which Newell registered a goal and a 21-3-2 record in games which he tallied a point during the 2018-19 season.
Newell skated in 145 career collegiate games over four seasons with St. Cloud State University (2015-16 - 2018-19), registering 38 goals and 82 assists for 120 points, along with a plus-66 rating and 16 penalty minutes. He was a four-year member of the NCHC Academic All-Conference Team, and he was only assessed four minor penalties over his final two seasons. Newell helped St. Cloud State University win the Penrose Cup in back-to-back seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19) and the NCHC Championship in 2015-16.
Prior to beginning his collegiate career, the Thousand Oaks, California native played one season with the Penticton Vees in the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), and he registered 47 points (16 goals, 31 assists) to help Penticton win the BCHL Championship in 2014-15. Newell also helped the Indiana Ice win the Clark Cup as United States Hockey League (USHL) Champions in 2013-14.
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