Matthew Robertson
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On Tuesday, the New York Rangers announced the entry-level signing of 2019 NHL Entry Draft pick Matthew Robertson.

The New York Rangers have signed defenseman Matthew Robertson to an entry-level contract.

Robertson, 18, was drafted in the second round (49th overall) of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

The defenseman played in three games with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this season.

For his career, the 6-foot-4 defenseman has played in 129 career WHL games, all for the Oil Kings. He has registered 14 goals and 44 assists for 58 points, along with 74 penalty minutes.

Over the last two seasons, Robertson was tied for second among WHL defensemen age 18 or younger in goals (14), while ranking fourth in assists (43) and points (57).

Robertson was named an alternate captain for the 2018-19 season.

He will stay with his WHL team for this season unless the Rangers want to call him up to the NHL level, which remains highly unlikely. Per the CBA agreement, he is not eligible to be placed in the AHL with the team’s AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Robertson joins a long list of young talent that has now signed a contract with the Rangers this year. The list includes Vitali Kravtsov, Adam Fox, Igor Shesterkin and Kaapo Kakko.

This is the second transaction the team has made in the last day as the team traded Vladislav Namestnikov to the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.

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