New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed defenseman David Liffiton to a professional contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Liffiton, 19, skated in 44 games with Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) last season, registering two goals and nine assists for 11 points. He ranked sixth on the team with 85 penalty minutes and served as the club's assistant captain. In addition, Liffiton appeared in nine post-season contests for the Whalers, collecting 12 penalty minutes.
"David is one of our organization's top defensive prospects with a nice combination of size and strength," stated Sather. "He plays a physical game and handles himself with confidence in all game situations. We look forward to his continued development at the professional level."
The 6-2, 202-pound defenseman has appeared in 170 career games with Plymouth (OHL), registering 10 goals and 29 assists for 39 points, along with 289 penalty minutes. He also skated in 33 playoff contests, registering one goal and three assists for four points, along with 41 penalty minutes. Liffiton participated in the 2003 CHL Top Prospects Game for Team Orr.
A native of Windsor, Ontario, Liffiton was originally Colorado's first choice, 63rd overall, in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by the Rangers, along with a second round draft choice in the 2004 NHL Entry (later traded to Florida, David Shantz) and defenseman Chris McAllister from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for right wing Matthew Barnaby and a third round selection in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft (Denis Parshin) on March 8, 2004.