New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with defenseman Tysen Dowzak.
Dowzak, 20, skated in 68 games with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL) last season, registering 13 assists with 91 penalty minutes and a plus-29 rating. His 13 assists tied for third on the team among defensemen, while his plus-29 rating ranked second on the club.
In seven post-season contests with Kelowna, Dowzak recorded one assist and 13 penalty minutes. In addition, he skated in five playoff games with the Texas Wildcatters of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).
The 6-5, 215-pounder has appeared in 166 career WHL matches with Kelowna, collecting four goals and 20 assists for 24 points, along with 227 penalty minutes.
The Fergus Falls, Minnesota native established a career-high in goals scored with three goals during the 2006-07 season. He also tallied one assist and 29 penalty minutes in 15 career WHL playoff contests. Dowzak made his American Hockey League debut with the Hartford Wolf Pack last Saturday.