College free agency has finally hit this summer – and for Providence College defenseman John Gilmour, that has reportedly meant getting an entry-level deal with an NHL club.
Mark Divver of the Providence Journal reports on Wednesday morning that Gilmour, who was a former seventh round pick of the Calgary Flames, has inked a two year deal with the New York Rangers for the upcoming season.
He’ll join the Metropolitan Division club off of his fourth year of Hockey East play, during which the 23-year-old Montreal native put up 23 points in 34 total 2015-16 season games. Overall, the former USHL defenseman finished his senior year second in scoring among the team’s blue liners, behind only Jake Walman (a third round pick of the St. Louis Blues from 2014).
This particular free agent signing could mean solid AHL depth for the Rangers next year, who will need to see a changing of the guard on their blue line in the coming years. Expect Gilmour to begin his 2016-17 pro rookie campaign with the Hartford Wolf Pack.
While it’s certainly a nice deal to see, though, it isn’t the NCAA free agent deal everyone has been expecting; with Harvard graduate Jimmy Vesey still testing free agency, fans of the teams he is reportedly listening to are getting a little antsy.
With Gilmour off the board, though, other NCAA free agent pieces may begin to start falling as the week progresses.