Rangers Inching Close To Signing Ty Ronning

Rick Dhaliwal of Sportsnet 650 in Vancouver reported on Friday that the Rangers are having “good positive talks” with Vancouver Giants forward Ty Ronning.

The 20 year-old Ronning, a 7th round pick in 2016, currently has 44 goals in 50 games in with the Giants in the WHL. When his Giants season ended last year, he signed an amateur tryout agreement with the Hartford Wolf Pack. He netted two goals and three assists in his 12 games with the Pack.

One major knock against Ronning is his size — measured to be 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds. But as smaller players like Mats Zuccarello and Johnny Gaudreau can attest to, the NHL is increasingly becoming a place in which smaller players can thrive.

Notably, Ty is also the son of NHL veteran Cliff Ronning, who, like Ty, was drafted in the 7th round. Cliff played 1136 games in the NHL and had similar barriers to entry due to his size — 5-foot-8 and only 168 pounds. If Ty can overcome his size to contribute consistently like his father did, then he would be a great boon to the Rangers’ system that desperately needs prospects.

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