by The Nelson Daily Sports on Sunday Aug 01 2021
Nelson Minor Hockey star Dryden Hunt has signed a two-year contract with NHL’s New York Rangers.
New York President and General Manager Chris Drury made the announcement Friday on the team website that the Rangers signed the free agent forward.
Drury also announced that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Greg McKegg on a one-year contract.
Hunt, 25, who skated in 26 games with the Arizona Coyotes this past season, registered three goals and five assists for eight points, along with four penalty minutes.
The former top player award winner in the Western Hockey League was credited with 94 hits in the 26 contests he played in 2020-21, and he led Arizona in hits per 60 minutes of ice time during the season (18.11).
Hunt averaged 11:58 of ice time per game this past season, which was the most he has averaged in one season thus far in his NHL career.
The 6-0, 193-pounder has skated in 89 career NHL games over parts of four seasons (2017-18 - 2020-21) with Florida and Arizona, registering six goals and 17 assists for 23 points, along with 38 penalty minutes.
Hunt has registered at least 10 hits per 60 minutes of ice time in each of his four NHL seasons.
He established career-highs in games played (31), goals (three), assists (seven), and points (10) with the Panthers in 2018-19. Hunt has also skated in two postseason games in his NHL career.
The Cranbrook native was originally signed by Florida as an undrafted free agent on March 2, 2016, following a following a stellar season with the Moose Jaw Warriors where he scored a league-high 58 goals.
McKegg, 29, split this past season between the Boston Bruins in the NHL and the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL). He recorded one goal in five NHL games with Boston and two assists in two AHL games with Providence.
The 6-0, 194-pounder has skated in 190 career NHL games over parts of eight NHL seasons (2013-14 - 2020-21) with Toronto, Florida, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Carolina, the Rangers, and Boston, registering 19 goals and 15 assists for 34 points, along with 59 penalty minutes. McKegg recorded nine points (five goals, four assists) in 53 games with the Rangers during the 2019-20 season. He has also skated in 18 postseason games in his NHL career.