Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed left wing Brendan Ranford to a three-year, entry-level contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Ranford, 22, made his professional debut in 2013-14, registering 33 points (12-21=33) and a +10 plus/minus rating in 65 regular-season contests with the Texas Stars, Dallas' development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). The native of Edmonton, Alberta ranked third on Texas with eight goals and 16 points (8-8=16), and posted a +7 rating in 21 postseason contests, helping Texas win the 2014 Calder Cup. Ranford's 16 postseason points led all AHL rookies.
Prior to joining Texas, Ranford spent five seasons with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League (WHL), amassing 357 points (137-220=357) and 298 penalty minutes in 348 career regular-season games. The winger currently ranks first on Kamloops' all-time franchise leaderboard in games played (348), sixth in assists (220) and points (357), and seventh in goals (137).
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound winger was originally drafted by Philadelphia in the seventh round (209th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.