New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with Kootenay Ice defenseman Craig Weller. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Weller, 21, skated in 69 matches with the Ice of the Western Hockey League (WHL), registering five goals and 13 assists for 18 points, along with 127 penalty minutes. His 127 penalty minutes ranked third on the team. In 22 playoff matches, he recorded three goals and seven assists for 10 points, along with 27 penalty minutes, helping Kootenay capture the Memorial Cup, crowning them champions of Canadian Major Junior Hockey.
The 6-2, 180-pounder has spent the past two seasons with Kootenay, appearing in 99 career matches, registering six goals and 18 assists for 24 points, along with 167 penalty minutes. Prior to joining Kootenay, Weller skated with the University of Minnesota-Duluth of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) for the beginning of the 2000-01 season, registering one assist in six matches.
The Calgary, Alberta native was originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the fifth round, 167th overall, of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.