Rangers sign John Gilmour


In the middle of #VeseyWatch, the Rangers did add a college free agent defenseman Wednesday. They signed John Gilmour to an entry level contract.

The 23-year old played four years at Providence College. The Friars won their first Frozen Four national championship in 2015 carried by Flames’ goalie prospect Jon Gillies. During his junior season, Gilmour contributed four goals and seven assists in Hockey East. He came on with nine goal and 14 assists for a college best 23 points during his senior year.

Gilmour was originally selected by Calgary in the seventh round in the 2013 NHL Draft. The Flames didn’t sign him. So, the Rangers added some blue line depth. What is Gilmour exactly? I have no clue.

Obviously, he’ll start with Hartford if he’s good enough. The Rangers boast plenty of depth at the back end with Adam Clendening, Dan Girardi, Nick Holden, Kevin Klein, Ryan McDonagh, Dylan McIlrath, Brady Skjei and Marc Staal. Unless something drastic changes, both Girardi and Staal will be back. How effective they are remains to be seen.

I’m holding out hope for Ryan Graves to get a look sometime next year. But that’s only if things fall apart. The organization believes they can still contend. As long as Henrik Lundqvist is here, that’s their approach. I wish I was optimistic.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of New York administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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