Rangers Sign UMass Defenseman Thomas Pöck
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03-23-2004, 07:33 PM
Join Date: Mar 2004
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Is anyone else troubled by the fact that he's skipping straight to the NHL? Doesn't that seem a little much? Especially for a defenseman, and especially an offensive defenseman?
Not really, it's somewhat common for teams (especially those out of playoff contention) to sign older college players and bring them in directly to the NHL (and then AHL for playoffs). Amonte did it (he was drafted, but right from BU to NYR - for the playoffs), Doug Weight did it.... York went right from MSU to Hartford....
Those are just a few Ranger examples.... It's a fairly common practice.
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