Forward Ty Ronning is back for his second Rangers Prospect Development Camp, and this time he brings with him experience from another year in the Western Hockey League, as well as a short stint with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League.
"I knew what was coming," Ronning said after the first day of camp, which was just testing before scrimmages begin Wednesday. "I knew the testings, the off ice and then the on ice. I'm looking forward to this camp. It's a lot of fun for sure."
The 2016 seventh round selection turned in another strong season with a struggling Vancouver Giants team. Ronning, the son of former NHLer Cliff, had 25 goals and 28 assists for 53 points in 68 games with the Giants last season.
Ronning closed out the year with two goals and three assists in 12 points while on an amateur tryout with Hartford.
The 19-year-old said he learned a lot in his short time with the Wolf Pack, both on and off the ice. After years spent facing players his own age, Ronning was instead taking on men, some of whom have been at it since Ronning was a kid.
He said after dipping his feet in the water, he's hopeful he'll find himself on Hartford's roster for the start of next season.
"I felt I could adapt to that level," he said. "I tried to contribute and felt comfortable in that league for sure. Now I know I know I can play there. That's really my goal. I want to play in Hartford next year. We'll see. It's out of my control. The only things I can control is my effort and my attitude. I'm just staying focused, having fun and rolling with it."