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Rangers sign first-rounder Sanguinetti

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Bobby Sanguinetti led all Ontario Hockey League defensemen in scoring 18 power play goals for Owen Sound in 2006-07.

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Hollweg -- contract extension
Orr -- contract extension
Pock -- contract extension

Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti to a professional contract.

Sanguinetti, 19, skated in 67 games with the Owen Sound Attack of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this season, registering 23 goals and 30 assists for 53 points, along with 48 penalty minutes. The 2007 OHL Western Conference All-Star finished the season second on the team and tied for 18th in the league with 18 power play goals.

He also led the Owen Sound blueliners in goals (23), assists (30) and points (53). Among all OHL defensemen, he ranked first in power play goals (18), second in goals (23) and 10th in points (53). In the postseason with Owen Sound, Sanguinetti led the team in scoring with six points and tied for first on the team in goals (three) and assists (three).

After finishing his 2006-07 junior season with the Attack, Sanguinetti signed an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO) with Hartford (AHL) on April 3 and collected three assists in five regular season games with the Wolf Pack. He also picked up an assist and posted a plus-one rating in his first professional playoff game on April 18 vs. Providence.

The 6-3, 190-pound defenseman has skated in 202 career OHL games with Owen Sound, collecting 41 goals and 101 assists for 142 points, along with 104 penalty minutes. Last season, Sanguinetti ranked fourth among all OHL defensemen in scoring with 61 points, was voted to the 2006 Western Conference All-Star team and also participated in the 2006 Top Prospects game in Ottawa, where he picked up two assists for Team Orr. In addition, he led his team in postseason assists (10) and points (15).

The native of Trenton, New Jersey was the Rangers' first round choice, 21st overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
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