New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed forward Bruce Graham to a professional contract.
"Bruce has a great combination of size and skill that makes him one of our organization's top prospects," stated Sather. "At 6-6, 235 pounds, he has excellent puck and skating skills which present him as an offensive threat everytime he gets the puck. We are excited to watch this young player's development as he makes the jump to the pro ranks."
Graham, 20, skated in 47 games with the Moncton WildCats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) last season, registering 23 goals and 19 assists for 42 points, along with 56 penalty minutes. He ranked third on the Wildcats in goals (23) and fourth in points (42). Graham posted a 10-game point streak from October 29 to November 24, registering 17 points (10 goals, seven assists) over the span. He missed 22 games due to a foot injury, but was able to return for post-season action, recording four goals and five assists for nine points in 12 playoff games for Moncton. In the post-season, Graham posted a seven-game point streak (four goals, three assists), beginning in Game Five of the First Round, and ending in what would be his final game of the year in Game Six of the Quarterfinals against Rouyn-Noranda.
A native of Moncton, New Brunswick, Graham has appeared in 181 career games with Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) games, recording 62 goals and 65 assists for 127 points, along with 225 penalty minutes.
The 6-6, 235-pound forward was selected by the New York Rangers, second round, 51st overall, 2004 NHL Entry Draft.