News: Rangers Sign Michael Kantor

The Rangers have signed RW Michael Kantor to an entry-level contract, according to Renaud Lavoie.

Kantor had 20 goals and 13 assists this season as the Captain for Sudbury of the OHL.

He was signed to an ATO with the Whale yesterday.

Kantor had five fights for the Whale last season and 11 the season before.

From the Whale release, ” Kantor, 21, who hails from Lake Forest, IL, stands 6-1 and weighs 185 pounds. He netted 20 goals, good for fourth on the Wolves’ team, in 56 games this season and added 13 assists for 33 points, to go along with 93 penalty minutes, third-most on the squad. Kantor chipped in two goals and two assists for four points in nine playoff games for the Wolves, and had 12 PIM, the third-highest total on the team.

Kantor has suited up for 197 career OHL games in four seasons with the Wolves, Saginaw Spirit and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and has chalked up 43 goals and 51 assists for 94 points, along with 420 PIM.”

Whale assistant coach Jeff Beukeboom was an assistant with Sudbury before coming to Hartford.

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NEW YORK, April 18, 2013 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with undrafted free agent forward Michael Kantor.

Kantor, 21, registered 20 goals and 13 assists for 33 points, along with 93 penalty minutes in 56 games with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this season. He established career-highs in goals and points. Kantor ranked fourth on the team in goals, eighth in points, and third in penalty minutes. He also tied for third on Sudbury with six power play goals, and was one of four Wolves’ players to record a shorthanded goal.

In the postseason, Kantor recorded playoff career-highs in games played (nine), goals (two), assists (two), points (four), and penalty minutes (12) with Sudbury. He tied for fourth on the team in playoff goals and fifth in playoff points.

The 6-1, 200-pounder has skated in 197 career OHL contests over four seasons with the Sudbury Wolves, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, and Saginaw Spirit, registering 43 goals and 51 assists for 94 points, along with 420 penalty minutes. Kantor established career-highs in assists (21) and penalty minutes (136) in 2011-12 while splitting the season between Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie. He made his OHL debut with Saginaw on January 7, 2010, at Windsor, and recorded his first career point with an assist the next day against Guelph.