New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed forward Lee Falardeau to a professional contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Falardeau, 21, skated in 35 games with the Michigan State University Spartans of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) last season, registering five goals and five assists for 10 points, along with 28 penalty minutes. He earned special mention to the 2003-04 CCHA All-Academic Team. Falardeau was also selected to the 2003-04 Academic All-Big Ten Men's At Large Team. He tied for the team lead with one shorthanded goal, while missing seven games due to a knee injury.
The 6-4, 217-pound forward has appeared in 108 career matches with Michigan State University (CCHA), registering 18 goals and 21 assists for 39 points, along with 91 penalty minutes.
Prior to attending Michigan State, the Midland, Michigan native played for the USA Hockey's National Team Development Program (NTDP), performing on both the Under-17 team in the North American Hockey League (NAHL) in 1999-2000 and the Under-18 squad in 2000-01.
A native of Midland, Michigan, Falardeau was originally the Rangers' second round choice, 33rd overall, in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.