Rensselaer has seen the last of junior forward Ryan Haggerty—and that's in a good way.
According to collegehockeynews.com, the undrafted Haggerty has signed a free-agent contract with the NHL's New York Rangers. RPI's 2013-14 season—and ultimately Haggerty's college career—both came to an end on Sunday when the Engineers were ousted by Dartmouth, 5-4, in the deciding game of a best-of-three first-round ECAC series at RPI's Houston Field House.
Haggerty ranks third in NCAA Division I with 28 goals this season, and led the Engineers (15-16-6 overall) with 43 points in 35 contests. He scored 10 of his goals on the power play, while six were game-winners. In three seasons in Troy, he rang up 47 goals and 37 assist for 84 points in 106 outings, including 19 power-play tallies, eight game-winners, and 102 penalty minutes, according to his statistical page at USCHO.com.
I interviewed Haggerty for New York Hockey Journal back in December. His father played at Providence.
A six-foot, 200-lb. native of Stamford, Conn. who prepped with the U.S. National Development Team prior to enrolling at RPI, Haggerty is expected to join the Rangers after they complete a road trip with games at Minnesota tonight and at Winnipeg tomorrow.