The Rangers have announced that 2019 second round pick Matthew Robertson has signed his entry-level contract.
Robertson is currently with Edmonton of the WHL.
From the release:
- He has skated in 129 career WHL games over parts of four seasons (2016-17 – 2019-20), all with Edmonton, registering 14 goals and 44 assists for 58 points, along with 74 penalty minutes.
- Over the last two seasons (2017-18 and 2018-19), Robertson was tied for second among WHL defensemen in their U18 season or younger in goals (14), and he also ranked fourth among WHL defensemen in their U18 season or younger in assists (43) and points (57).
- The 6-4, 201-pounder tied for second among WHL defensemen in their U18 season or younger in points in 2018-19 (only trailing Bowen Byram).
- Robertson served as an alternate captain with Edmonton in 2018-19, and he was also named an alternate captain for the Oil Kings prior to the start of this season.
- Robertson helped Canada win a gold medal at the 2018 Hlinka Gretzky Cup, as he tallied four points (two goals, two assists) in five games. He also recorded two assists and posted a plus-five rating in five games while representing Canada at the 2018 IIHF U18 World Championship. In addition, Robertson tallied six points (two goals, four assists) in five games with Canada-Black at the 2017 World U17 Hockey Challenge. He was named to the Tournament All-Star Team at the 2017 World U17 Hockey Challenge, as he led all defensemen in the tournament in points.
From the Rangers Prospect Report on 10/14/19: “His skating is one of his biggest strengths. He’s one of those guys that can skate the puck out of trouble. … I think his overall game has consistently improved each year. Defensively he’s better, and his one-on-one battles have steadily improved as well … As an individual, the way he carries himself in the locker room is terrific. He’s open to his teammates. He’s one of those guys that doesn’t need the glamour or the accolades in order to do his job. He carries himself very professionally; he’s in the gym, he’s doing the things that – as a coach – you really like to see. He puts his team first and he’s one of those guys that you can have your young guys watch and follow and be a great example for as they grow up in this League.” – Edmonton Oil Kings Head Coach Brad Lauer on Rangers prospect Matthew Robertson (Credit – Edmonton Oil Kings Communications Department)