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03-05-2013, 11:22 AM
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New York Rangers sign former Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick Josh Nicholls


Rangers agree to terms with Nicholls

High-scoring WHL star was originally drafted by Toronto in 2010

Tuesday, 03.05.2013 / 10:30 AM / News

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with free agent forward Josh Nicholls.

Nicholls, 20, has registered 41 goals and 32 assists for 73 points, along with 41 penalty minutes and a plus-19 rating in 65 games with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this season. He is tied for fifth in the WHL with a career-high in goals, is tied for fourth in the league in shorthanded goals (four) and 18th in points.

Nicholls leads Saskatoon in goals and shorthanded goals, ranks second in points, fourth in power play goals (five), and is tied for fourth in assists. He has recorded 19 multi-point efforts, including 11 multi-goal performances.

He was named WHL Player of the Week for the week ending December 16, tallying three goals and five assists in four games over the span. On Friday, Nicholls registered his 300th career WHL point with the primary assist on a goal by Rangers’ prospect Shane McColgan in a 4-1 win against the Brandon Wheat Kings.

The 6’2, 196-pounder has skated in 326 career regular season games over five seasons with Saskatoon, registering 132 goals and 169 assists for 301 points, along with 204 penalty minutes and a plus-100 rating. Nicholls established WHL career-highs in assists (53) and points (87) during the 2010-11 season. He tied for 11th in the league in points and 10th in assists that season. Nicholls has also registered eight goals and eight assists for 16 points, along with 18 penalty minutes in 31 career playoff contests with Saskatoon.

The Tsawwassen, British Columbia native was originally selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs as a seventh round choice, 182nd overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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Bad skater, he'll be a 4th liner or AHL.

He just can't skate in the NHL IMO.

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Bad skater, he'll be a 4th liner or AHL.

He just can't skate in the NHL IMO.
His skating is definitely the reason for valid skepticism if he will ever advance up the pro ranks.

Its a "free wallet" attempt by NYR here by their amateur scouts willing to take a chance that he can improve on his know weaknesses.

PS. He looks like a speed skater in comparison to Steckel however.

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