2:05PM: The Rangers have confirmed the signing and their press release says:
- Skated in 36 games with Western Michigan University this season, registering 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 points, along with a plus-nine rating and 24 penalty minutes.
- He established collegiate career-highs in plus/minus rating and shots on goal (94), and he tied collegiate career-highs in games played and assists in 2019-20.
- Rueschhoff tied for second on Western Michigan in goals, ranked third in points, and ranked second in shots on goal this season.
- He tallied 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) over the final 12 games in 2019-20.
- Western Michigan posted a 14-4-1 record in the 19 games in which Rueschhoff registered a point this season, including a 9-3-0 record in the 12 games which he notched a goal.
- Over the three seasons he played in the NCAA, Rueschhoff was one of 10 collegiate players who registered at least 35 goals, 35 assists, and 100 penalty minutes.
- He established collegiate career-highs in goals (13), assists (14), and points (27) as a sophomore in 2018-19, and he was named Western Michigan University’s Rookie of the Year in 2017-18.
11:32AM: The Rangers have reportedly signed Western Michigan forward Austin Rueschhoff. (The Score)
Rueschhoff, 22, is 6-7, 230lbs and played three seasons at Western Michigan, netting 35 goals and 35 assists in 105 games.
It’s a two-year deal that begins in the 2020-21 season. (The Score)
He has attended development camps with Toronto in 2017, St. Louis in 2018 and Columbus in 2019. (The Score)
Following his time at Leafs development camp in 2017, TSN wrote “the 6-foot-6 Rueschhoff plays a heavy game and is incredibly strong on the puck, able to buy time through the neutral zone and use it to set up all four of Tortora’s goals. He has work to do on his skating and explosiveness, as well as his overall efficiency with the puck, but his size and ability to throw his body around is a major upside.”