New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with center Layne Ulmer. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Ulmer, 20, has spent the last four seasons with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League (WHL). During the last three seasons with the Broncos, Ulmer led the team in scoring each season, tallying 153 goals and 145 assists, along with 175 penalty minutes. His 153 goals over the span are the second most by any WHL player, second only to the 172 notched by Rangers' prospect Pavel Brendl of the Calgary Hitmen. Ulmer was also named as the 1999-2000 playoff MVP for Swift Current and a WHL First Team Eastern Conference All-Star.
The North Battleford, Saskatchewan native was originally drafted in the seventh round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators, but failed to reach an agreement with the club on a contract.
The 6-1, 205-pounder ranked second in scoring in the WHL in 2000-2001, tallying 63 goals and 56 assists for 119 points, along with 75 penalty minutes in 68 matches and was selected as the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for January 2001.
Ulmer's announcement adds to the Rangers' already busy week, agreeing to terms with Seattle (WHL) left wing Barrett Heisten on Monday and with Calgary (WHL) defenseman Matt Kinch on Tuesday.
NOTES: * Admires the play of San Jose forward Owen Nolan, Philadelphia forward John LeClair and Edmonton center Doug Weight.
* Is an avid golfer and a former Saskatchewan Juvenile Golf Champion.
* Increased his goal scoring out put in each of his four seasons in the WHL (1997-98 - 8; 1998-99 - 40; 1999-00 - 50; 2000-01 - 63). ________________________________________
NHL SCOUTING REPORT ON LAYNE ULMER: A good skater who is very elusive and hard to hit ... Very adept at getting into a good scoring position and eluding defenders ... Shows good on-ice awareness and anticipation ... Has an eye for the net and creates a lot of scoring chances in the offensive zone ... Posesses a quick and accurate wrist shot.