As the Stanley Cup Final is coming to a close and we are getting closer to having a new champion, we are also getting closer to the offseason. The NHL Draft is coming up on June 21st, and fans are excited to see what the future holds for their teams.
The New York Rangers are in the middle of a rebuild and fans are expecting the team to draft well and be on the look for free agents to sign.
While the Rangers have made a few moves with their front office, they did begin to sign draft picks.
On June 5th, the New York Rangers announced that they will be signing defenseman Tarmo Reunanen to an entry-level contract.
Tarmo Reunanen is a 21-year-old from Finland that the Rangers selected in the fourth round, 98th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft. He’s 6 ft tall and weighs 178 pounds. Reunanen played with Lukko in Liiga and this past season he played in 58 games. The young defenseman has six goals and 19 assists. Career highs were made by the Finnish player with goals, assists, games played, and points.
This past playoff season Tarmo had one goal and four assists. Overall Reunanen had 30 points, 25 from the season and five from playoffs. For the past five seasons, Reunanen is one of four defensemen in their U21 season to have 30 points in one season.
Tarmo Reunanen has also played for his country in different tournaments. Reunanen earned a bronze medal for Finland in the 2015 Winter European Youth Olympic Festival.
This signing is a good move for the team as the Hartford Wolfpack in the AHL have struggled for the past few seasons. Building a better minor league team can result in a better major league team.