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.
OFFICIAL: #NYR have acquired defenseman Adam Fox from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for the Blueshirts’ own second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft and a conditional third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. pic.twitter.com/wU7O07EOXx
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) April 30, 2019
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.
The second-round pick NYR giving up for Fox is their own. The condition on the 3rd round pick is it goes to CAR once Fox has played 30 games.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) April 30, 2019
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.