New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Marek Hrivik.
Hrivik, 23, skated in 72 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) this past season, registering 12 goals and 21 assists for 33 points, along with a plus-eight rating and 12 penalty minutes. He established AHL career-highs in assists, points, and plus/minus rating in 2014-15. Hrivik ranked fourth on Hartford in plus/minus rating this past season. He tallied a point in 12 of 15 games from Dec. 31 at Portland to Feb. 7 at Bridgeport, registering 14 points (six goals, eight assists) over the span. During the stretch, he established AHL career-highs with a four-game assist streak from Dec. 31 at Portland to Jan. 9 vs. Syracuse and a four-game goal streak from Jan. 24 at Syracuse to Feb. 4 at Syracuse.
The 6-2, 200-pounder skated also registered three goals and six assists for nine points, along with six penalty minutes in 15 playoff games with Hartford this past season. He established AHL playoff career-highs in games played and assists, and tied his playoff career-high in points. Hrivik ranked third on Hartford in assists, tied for fourth in points, and tied for fifth in goals in the playoffs. He registered his first career AHL hat trick (regular season or playoffs) and recorded nine shots on goal to help Hartford advance to the Eastern Conference Final on May 15 vs. Hershey.
In 194 career AHL games over parts of four seasons, all with the Whale/Wolf Pack, Hrivik has registered 33 goals and 54 assists for 87 points, along with a plus-nine rating and 44 penalty minutes. Hrivik made his AHL debut on Mar. 31, 2012 vs. Adirondack after he completed his third and final season of junior hockey with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). In addition to the AHL career-highs he set this past season, Hrivik established AHL career-highs in games played (74) and goals (13) in 2013-14. He has also skated in 24 career AHL playoff games, registering eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points, along with 16 penalty minutes.
The Cadca, Slovakia native has represented his country in several international tournaments. Most recently, Hrivik skated in six games with Slovakia in the 2014 IIHF World Championship. He also tallied two goals in six contests while representing Slovakia in the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Hrivik was originally signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent on May 30, 2012.