New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Ben Harpur on a one-year contract.
Harpur, 27, has played four games for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) after the team signed him to a professional tryout (PTO) on October 13.
The Hamilton, Ontario native split his 2021-22 season between the Nashville Predators, and Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL. In 19 games with Nashville last season, he posted one assist/point. While with the Admirals, Harpur skated in six games.
Harpur has played in 180 career AHL games between the Wolf Pack, Admirals, Toronto Marlies and the Belleville/Binghamton Senators, recording seven goals and 49 assists for 56 points. He recorded career-highs in assists (25) and points (27) with Binghamton in 2016-17. The following season, he was an alternate captain for the club.
A 6-6, 231 pound left shot defenseman, Harpur has skated in 156 NHL games with Ottawa (2015-16 – 2018-19) and Nashville (2020-21 – 2021-22), collecting one goal and 14 assists for 15 points. Harpur set NHL career-highs in assists/points in 2020-21 with the Predators when he had seven. In addition, Harpur has played in 14 career NHL playoff games (Ottawa in 2017 and Nashville in 2021), tallying three assists/points.
Harpur was originally selected by Ottawa in the fourth round, 108th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
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