NHL trade news: Rangers acquire rights to Harvard defenseman Adam Fox

The Rangers just found a creative way to pick up some young talent.

New York has acquired the rights to Harvard defenseman Adam Fox from the Hurricanes for a second-round pick and a conditional third-rounder in the 2020 draft, the team announced Tuesday.

Fox was taken in the third round (the 66th pick overall) of the 2016 draft out of high school by the Flames, but he elected to play at Harvard and then was part of the trade that sent Micheal Ferland and Dougie Hamilton to the Hurricanes for Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin.

Fox recently elected to return to Harvard for his senior season, likely suggesting the native of Jericho, New York, didn’t want to play for Carolina.

His agent then confirmed as much as he told the team he had no intention of signing with them.

So the Hurricanes essentially were forced to make a deal.

And now, according to TSN, the Rangers and Fox are working on an entry-level contract that will allow the defenseman to play with the team immediately.

Also, according to TSN, the second-round pick is New York’s and the condition on the third is it will go to Carolina once Fox has played in 30 games.

Fox scored nine goals and added 36 assists for Harvard as a junior. He was the No. 48 prospect in the league before the start of the 2019 season, according to NHL Network.

He was a finalist this season for the Hobey Baker Award, recognizing college hockey’s best player, losing out to Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar of UMass.