After cutting down his selection to only a handful of teams, including the very interested Flyers, Hobey Baker winner and Boston University defenseman Matt Gilroy, has signed a two-year, $4.5 million, one-way contract with the New York Rangers. Twice what the Flyers were offering.
The Long Island native and amateur free agent stirred up a great deal of interest after the country watched him lead his Terriers to the national championship. Gilroy went undrafted because at 18-years old, he was only 5-foot-9 and was considered too small to be a factor at the professional level. But by the time he reached 21, he was 6-foot-2 and very capable.
Gilroy’s biggest asset is his leadership and character. He comes from a big family and wears the number 97 in honor of a passed sibling. On the ice, he has excellent vision and stick handling ability. He is also good in his own end, which makes him a valuable asset.
Gilroy simply adds to the Rangers’ stockpile of young defensemen, that includes Michael Del Zotto and Bobby Sanguinetti.