Forward Ty Ronning turned in a strong campaign with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League and eventually found himself suiting up with the Hartford Wolf Pack late in the 2016-17 season.
Ronning, the Rangers' seventh-round pick in last year's draft, posted 25 goals and 53 points in 68 games with a Vancouver team that finished with the second-fewest points in the Western Hockey League for the second consecutive season. He led the squad in goals and points this season.
At just 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds, Ronning has always played like a much larger player. He's a hard working player who also does not shy away from engaging with opponents physically.
In October, Ronning told NYRangers.com that success is just a byproduct of hard work, which is something he prides himself on.
"I think whatever size you are or how much you weigh, you always have to prove yourself no matter what in whatever it is," he said. "Show that you're a good player and show that you work your butt off and show you can do good things on the ice."
Rangers Amateur Scout Kim Gellert praised Ronning's work ethic.
"He is a quick player with a very good sense for the net," Gellert said. "He has good hockey smarts, which allows him to get to the scoring areas on the ice. He plays with no fear and will be the first player hustling to recover those loose pucks."
Ronning, who had an assist in two games for WHL at the Jr Super Series in November, made the most of his short stint with the Wolf Pack. He had an assist in his professional debut against Providence on March 24 and scored his first goal the following night.
All told, Ronning posted two goals and three assists in 12 games with the Wolf Pack to close out the season.
"The thing about Ty is his compete and his goal scoring ability are excellent," said Steve Greeley, the Rangers Assistant Director of Player Personnel. Greeley said he was pleased with his production at the AHL level and that Ronning "gets to the front of the net and fights for every inch. There aren't any nights that Ty Ronning isn't a noticeable player because the energy and the effort are always excellent."
The 19-year-old is expected to head back to junior hockey next season.