Halverson has one more year of junior eligibility and is expected to contend for being the starter for Team USA at the World Juniors this Winter.
Last season for Sault Ste. Marie, Halverson was 40-5-2 with a .913 save percentage and 2.63 GAA.
For a lot more on Halverson, click HERE.
Halverson said yesterday (MSG):
- “You need to be prepared off the ice all the time and be ready and I learned a lot this season and give it to my coaching staff all the way.”
- On his confidence level, “I am still a little nervous but not as bad. A lot more confident and I got a good year under my belt playing as the starter. Learned a lot and am exciting to finish off camp.”
- On being sharp yesterday, “I was huffing and puffing and haven’t played since the season. It felt good to be in there and wear the Rangers jersey and play as well as I can in front of everybody.”
- On the Talbot trade and his own development, “I had a feeling that it would happen. He is an unbelievable goalie and is taking on a starting role. I am not thinking that it could be my spot. I am just focused on stopping the next shot in the next game that we play. Just worrying about myself and then one day making that jump.”
- What do you want to improve on, “everything needs to get better. My puckhandling has come a long way and I want to get better at that. Just my patience and strength.”
- On the year he had, “my first year starting and I knew that I was being counted on a lot and I tried to play the best I could. Had a couple of rough spells. Learned from them, stepped up my game, stepped up off ice, takes a lot to be a starting goalie, need to stay sharp and take care of your body off the ice and I learned a lot this year and it helped me.”
- On coming back for a second year, “still have the same nerves, more comfortable coming in but just out here to play my best.”
- Trying to get bigger, “I did put on some pounds this summer and am happy about it. Think I am starting to fill out and I stopped growing and will try to get as strong as I can.”
From the Rangers:
NEW YORK, July 2, 2015 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with goaltender Brandon Halverson on an entry-level contract.
Halverson, 19, appeared in 50 games with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this past season, posting a 40-5-2 record, along with a 2.63 GAA, a .913 SV%, and 6 SO. He became the first Rangers draft pick in franchise history to earn at least 40 wins in juniors in one season. Halverson established OHL career-bests in appearances, wins, GAA, SV%, and SO in 2014-15. He led the OHL in wins, tied for the league lead in shutouts, ranked third in GAA, and ranked seventh in SV%. Halverson earned a point in 21 straight decisions between November 5 vs. Plymouth and February 6 at Erie (19-0-2 record, 2.53 GAA, .916 SV%, 1 SO over the span). He posted a 10-game winning streak from January 7 at Sudbury to February 6 at Erie (2.77 GAA, .909 SV%, 1 SO over the span). Halverson was named the OHL’s Goaltender of the Month in February of 2015 after posting an 8-1-0, along with a 2.00 GAA, a .933 SV%, and 2 SO in nine appearances.
In the 2015 Playoffs, the 6-4, 185-pounder posted a 10-4 record, along with a 2.94 GAA, a .893 SV%, and 1 SO. He stopped 25 of 26 shots he faced to earn his first career OHL playoff win while making his OHL playoff debut on March 27 vs. Saginaw, and he stopped all 24 shots he faced to earn his first career OHL playoff shutout on March 31 at Saginaw. He earned a win in each of his first nine playoff appearances in 2015.
In 69 career OHL appearances with Sault Ste. Marie, Halverson has posted a 52-11-3 record, along with a 2.72 GAA, a .910 SV%, and 8 SO. He has registered a 44-5-3, record, along with a 2.58 GAA, a .916 SV%, and 7 SO in his last 55 regular season appearances in the OHL.
Internationally, the Traverse City, Michigan native represented the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. Halverson stopped all 14 shots he faced to record his first career win and shutout in international competition while appearing in his first career international game on December 28, 2014 against Germany.
Halverson was originally selected by the Rangers in the second round, 59th overall, of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.