Morgan Barron
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In his sophomore season at Cornell University, New York Rangers prospect Morgan Barron is garnering national attention for his play.

The New York Rangers selected Morgan Barron with the 274th pick of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Now, the 20-year-old is turning heads as a member of the Big Red.

With Cornell, Barron has put on quite a show this season.

In 29 games at center, he has contributed 13 goals and added 17 assists. In Ivy League play, he had four goals and six assists. He is grouped with two other teammates that made the All-Ivy first team—defensemen Yanni Kaldis and goaltender Austin McGrath. Two other teammates were honorable mentions.

Barron was also selected as a finalist for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Best Defensive Forward Award. This, coming off of a career year in not only points but success with faceoffs.

He led his team in points and had a .581 win percentage on faceoffs. Even more, he led the team in powerplay goals, points, and shots, with six, 14, and 41, respectively.

If he were to win the ECAC Best Defensive Forward Award, he would be 11th center to take it home. He would also be the ninth winner to wear a Cornell jersey. Jake Weidner was the last Cornell player to win the award in 2016-17.

Going against Barron for the award will be last year’s winner Nico Sturm of Clarkson and Chase Priskie of Quinnipiac. The winner of the award will be announced later this week on March 19.

Even if Barron falls short for the award, the Rangers have to love the progress he’s making.