Syracuse Crunch Sign RW Evan Rankin to AHL Contract

Syracuse Crunch General Manager Julien BrisBois announced on Wednesday that the Crunch have signed right wing Evan Rankin to a one-year AHL contract.

Last season, the 27 year old Portage, Michigan native played 48 regular season games with the Rochester Americans, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres. During that time, he scored 14 goals and 17 assists for a total of 31 points along with 20 penalty minutes.

During his two seasons with the Rochester Americans, he has scored a total of 29 goals and 31 assists for a total of 60 points.

Before joining the Amerks, the 6’1” 180 pound winger served as Alternate Captain for the Toledo Walleye, the ECHL affiliates of the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Rockford Icehogs; affiliated on the NHL level with the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks respectively.

Rankin spent a little over two seasons with the Walleye, playing in 143 regular season games. In those 143 games, he scored 65 goals and 65 assists for a total of 130 points.

Before beginning his professional career, Rankin played for the University of Notre Dame. Over the course of his four seasons with the Fighting Irish he played in 143 games scoring 20 goals and 21 assists for a total of 41 points.

It won’t be long until we get to see the newest Crunch right wing in action. The Syracuse Crunch play their home opener on October 12th at the War Memorial Arena.

We here at Bolts By The Bay would like to welcome Evan Rankin to the Bolts Nation. It’ll be interesting to see how this new addition will impact the Crunch when their season opens.

What do you think of the newest Crunch right winger? How do you think this addition is going to impact the Crunch’s current chemistry? Leave a comment in the section below and let us know what you think.


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