NYR sign FA Ryan Haggerty from RPI, will join club next week

Haggerty, 21, a native of Stamford, Conn., led the ECAC in goals with 28 and will join the Rangers next week. Rosters expanded after trade deadline day, so no moves have to be made.

Here's the basics on the 6-foot, 200-pound righty, who reportedly signed a three-year entry level deal, but is not eligible for the playoffs this season---if the Rangers get there---because he was not on the reserve list:

From the team's release:

Haggerty also had 15 assists for 43 points, along with 42 penalty minutes and a plus-seven rating in 35 games with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute this season.

He established career-highs in goals, assists, and points, while finishing tied for eighth in points. Haggerty also led the ECAC in shots on goal (161), and game-winning goals (six), ranked second in the conference in points, and third in power play goals (10). The Junior posted eight multi-goal performances, including a hat trick on October 19 against Sacred Heart. He also recorded a season-high, six-game point streak from November 23 at Mercyhurst to December 15 against the U.S. National U-18 team.

The 6-0, 200-pounder has skated in 106 career NCAA contests over three seasons with RPI, registering 47 goals and 37 assists for 84 points, along with 102 penalty minutes. Last season, he tied for the team lead in goals (12) and ranked fourth in points (26) while skating in 36 contests. As a freshman, Haggerty tied for second on the team in goals (seven) and ranked fourth in points (15) in 35 games during the 2011-12 season.

Prior to joining RPI, Haggerty skated in 108 career games over two seasons in the U.S. Development Program (USDP), registering 21 goals and 27 assists for 48 points, along with 66 penalty minutes. He established USDP career-highs in goals (11), assists (18), and points (29), while skating with the U.S. National U-18 Team in 2010-11. He captured a gold medal with Team USA at the 2011 IIHF U-18 World Junior Championship, tallying two goals in six tournament contests.

His father, Roger, played in the Red Sox minor league system from 1986 to 1989.

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