The Rangers are on the verge of signing WHL forward Jake Elmer to an entry-level contract, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.
Elmer, 20, plays right wing for the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The 6’1 forward has 38 goals and 40 assists in 60 games. By WHL standards, Elmer is a well-rounded player. He’s a decent skater and has pretty good skill on the puck. He can beat defenders on his own to create offense. His wrist shot consistently beats goaltenders and he can set up some creative passes for teammates. Though he’s not an overwhelming physical presence, he does backcheck hard and fights for pucks.
Blueshirt Banter reported back on February 26th that the Rangers had sent four scouts to watch Lethbridge play Saskatoon, and in that game Elmer was, in my view, the best player on the ice. Here are a few of his notable from that game (#20 in red).