Rangers sign Schneider

Daily Herald File Photo Brandon Wheat Kings blueliner Braden Schneider prepares to make a pass during a game against the Prince Albert Raiders last season.

Prince Albert’s Braden Schneider is officially a member of the New York Rangers.

The National Hockey Club announced on Thursday morning that they had signed the 19-year-old Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman, who they selected 19th overall in October’s NHL Draft, to an entry-level contract that will begin at the start of the 2021-22 season.

Schneider, who is currently preparing for his first game as the Wheat Kings captain in the East Division bubble in Regina next Friday afternoon against the Moose Jaw Warriors, has posted 88 points in 185 regular games for the club since being picked 12th overall in the 2016 WHL Draft

He became the first Prince Albert product to be picked in the first round of the NHL Draft since Denis Pederson went 13th overall to the New Jersey Devils in 1993.

Prior to returning to the WHL, Schneider had a goal and two assists in six games for Canada during their silver medal showing at the World Juniors in Edmonton and also recorded an assist in two American Hockey League contests for the Hartford Wolf Pack.