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New York Rangers Agree To Terms With Matt Puempel

New York Rangers Agree To Terms With Matt Puempel
Published On: Wed, Jun 14
Mar 18, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) protects the puck from dNew York Rangers defenseman Matt Hunwick (44) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers have come to terms with one of their pending restricted free agents, signing Matt Puempel to to a one-year contract. The deal is worth $725K for next season. The extension will now allow the Rangers to expose Puempel and one other forward to fill their exposure requirements for the expansion draft.

Puempel was claimed off waivers by the Rangers mid-season from the Ottawa Senators and ended up playing 27 games for the club down the stretch, registering nine points. The former first round pick hasnt impressed since being selected 24th overall, but still has time to grow into the offensive potential that he showed in the OHL. A natural goal-scorer, his shot is definitely ready for an increased role, but the rest of his game has lacked consistency to get him there. Hes clearly shown an ability at the AHL level, but has averaged only 10 minutes per night in his various NHL stints.

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