On a day where the Flyers completely blew the minds of everyone and made more news in one day than most teams have in one offseason, Blue Line Station is going to discuss the acquisition of a marginal prospect. According to Canoe, the New York Rangers have signed Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, a 20 center who last played for the Quebec Ramparts. Audy-Marchessault led the Ramparts in points this season with an astounding 95 in 68 games. He also had 33 points in 18 playoff games.
It’s interesting to note that Audy-Marchessault centered Rangers prospect Ryan Bourque this season, and since they seemingly complemented each other on Quebec’s first line, perhaps the Rangers saw a real incentive in signing him. Jonathan said that he turned down offers in France and tryouts with NHL squads to sign this contract. He also informed us that he was offered a two year deal but only accepted one year, since he has enough faith in his abilities to believe he can “excel at the professional level” and subsequently earn a better contract next year. It’s pretty nice to see someone turn down guaranteed money because he has confidence in his game. Let’s hope that cockiness is put into the right efforts, though.