The Rangers have announced that Adam Fox, acquired on Tuesday, has signed his entry-level contract.
Rangers GM Jeff Gorton calls Fox a “highly skilled player” that can “really move the puck” and “run a power play.” (Newsday)
Gorton said that the Rangers view Fox as someone that is “pretty close” to being NHL ready. (The Athletic)
Chris Drury told The Athletic that Fox is “really, really good” and brings “elite hockey sense.”
Harvard head coach Ted Donato said that Fox is “underrated defensively” and called him one of the best players to ever play for Harcard. (NYRangers.com)
Corey Pronman of The Athletic ranked Fox 4th on Carolina’s list of prospects before the season and wrote that he makes “difficult offensive plays seem routine and can control a shift with his vision and offensive instincts.”
Pronman ranked Fox 16th in his 2017-18 midseason prospect list, 64th in his list heading into 2018-19 and 44th in his 2018-19 midseason rankings, writing that he is an “incredibly smart player” with a “ton of poise and patience.”
Craig Button of TSN had Fox ranked 12th on his prospect list from January.
The 2016-17 Sports Forecaster ranked Fox as Carolina’s 18th best prospect, the 2017-18 issue ranked him Carolina’s 5th best prospect and the 2018-19 issue ranked him as Carolina’s 11th best prospect.
Chris Peters ranked him 30th overall in his prospect list and wrote before the NCAA tournament that Fox has “elite vision and has really improved his puck management in three years with the Crimson.” (ESPN)
Carolina GM Don Waddell said last year, during the Hurricanes’ development camp, that Fox was “one of the premier defensemen” not yet in the NHL. (News Observer)
Billy Jaffe said that Fox is a “hell of a player” and he has worked on his skating and shot. “I don’t think he is as powerful a skater but he is shifty and smart and elusive. He’s a pro, Ted Donato loves him and says he is an absolute stud and sometimes had 2-3 guys on him and still put up those numbers.” (NHL Network)
Fox was recently ranked as Carolina’s seco”nd best prospect and 30th prospect overall by The Hockey News Future Watch issue.
They wrote “Fox was the key piece to the blockbuster that saw the Hurricanes acquire Dougie Hamilton and Micheal Ferland. They wouldn’t have done it without getting Fox, because they see him as an elite right-shot PP ace who is already skating, thinking and playing at an NHL level. There have been questions about whether Fox will sign or play one more year at Harvard and then become a UFA, but the Hurricanes are confident they can get his name on a contract.”
Last year Fox was ranked as Calgary’s second best prospect and 52nd overall and The Hockey News wrote, “an excellent passer with good vision, Fox has another attribute that the Flames love: “he has an elite brain,” GM Brad Treliving said. “He has so much poise and patience.” At the WJC, Fox led US defensemen in points and the team in ice time, providing proof his all-around game has evolved from being a power play specialist. His size makes it obvious he must develop strength. “He skates as fast as he needs to, ” Treliving said. “He doesn’t have to beat you by three strides, he just has to bear you by one.”
In the 2017 Future Watch issue, Fox was ranked as Calgary’s sixth best prospect with them saying, “smart, offensively gifted defenseman flourishing in his freshman year.”