March 5, 2018 at 1:03 pm CDT | by Gavin Lee

The New York Rangers have added another prospect to their organization, signing WHL forward Ty Ronning to a three-year entry-level contract. The contract will likely start in 2018-19, when Ronning will join the professional ranks.

Ronning, 20, is having an outstanding season with the Vancouver Giants and is tied for second in WHL goal scoring with 55. His 77 points in 64 games easily lead the Giants, who are headed to the playoffs for the 11th straight season. He already has a taste of the next level, after playing 12 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack last spring under an amateur tryout contract. He recorded five points in that AHL stint, showing he might be ready to dominate as a professional as soon as next season.

Undersized but talented, the 5’9″ 170-lbs Ronning wasn’t selected until the seventh round in 2016 when the Rangers picked him 201st-overall. Already he’s taken a step many seventh-round picks never get to by signing an ELC, and to rule him out from making a name for himself at the NHL level is foolish given his last name. Cliff Ronning, Ty’s dad, also wasn’t selected until the seventh round in 1984, but ended up recording 869 points in 1,137 NHL games. He was even smaller than his son is now, but never let that stop him from being a dynamic force on the ice.

The Rangers have made it clear that they are trying to inject more speed into their organization, and the addition of Ronning will certainly do that. His skating ability puts him ahead of many of his contemporaries, and allows him to create offense off the rush with ease. While he’ll be afforded even less time to make decisions with the puck at the next level, that skating ability should allow him to flourish even against top competition.