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New York Rangers sign with Joey Keane with Nils Lundkvist injured

The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with defenseman Joey Keane with prospect Nils Lundkvist sidelined. 

Frank Curto

New York Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton announced on Monday that the team has signed Joey Keane to an entry-level contract.

Keane, 19, was the Rangers third-round pick, 88th overall, in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Keane has appeared in 61 games this season in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this season with the Barrie Colts and London Knights, registering eight goals and 29 assists for 37 points.

In his three years in the OHL for Barrie and London, he has registered 21 goals and 79 assists for 100 points, along with a plus-31 rating and 204 penalty minutes. In 2017-2018, Keane recorded OHL career-highs in goals (12), assists (32), points (44), and plus/minus rating (plus-45).

Other Rangers prospect news

Vitali KravtsovKravtsov’s Traktor team was eliminated in the KHL playoffs on Monday. Traktor was swept 4-0 by Avtomobilist following their 4-3 loss on Monday. The Blueshirts now have to decide if they will offer an entry-level contract to the Rangers first-round pick or wait until the summer.

Nils Lundkvist – The news was not good on the Rangers prospect as it was reported Lundkvist suffered a lower-body injury on a game this past weekend.

The tweet translated read; Nils Lundkvist has been studied after leaving the match. Nothing is broken in the foot, going with the team home tonight and X-rayed tomorrow.

Lundkvist had to be helped off the ice by his teammates as there was no word on when he will be able to return to play.

Yegor RykovRykov averaged 22:52 of ice time and recorded three assists over four playoff games with HC Sochi last week. Rykov led HC Sochi in ice time in each of the final three games during the week, logging more than 23:00 of ice time in each game. The 21-year-old is currently ninth among KHL defensemen in average ice time thus far in the playoffs.

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