Only a few days ago the Rangers announced that they had signed prospects Andrew Yogan and Peter Ceresnak to Amateur Tryouts, allowing them to spend the remainder of the season with the Connecticut Whale.
According to Cap Geek, the Rangers have committed themselves to forward Andrew Yogan, signing him to an entry-level contract. This was the final season that the Rangers could hold exclusive rights to the 19 year old Yogan and had the Rangers not signed him he would have been free to sign with any NHL team. Earlier in the season we highlighted a goal Yogan scored that shows off his size and hands.
Yogan was once projected to be a 1st round or early second round pick but fell all the way to the fourth round after injury concerns dropped his stock. The Rangers took a gamble on Yogan’s health as well as major concerns surrounding his size and skill-set into a viable NHL package. Though a significant shoulder injury limited Yogan to only 10 OHL games last season, he did score 2 goals and add an assist in the two games he played for the Connecticut Whale on an amateur tryout last season. He started the 2011-2012 campaign in underwhelming fashion and Erie Otters head coach and former NHLer Robbie Ftorek had many talks with Yogan about staying focused and sticking to the team’s system. A couple of injuries to some Erie players put some extra pressure on Yogan to produce, and he picked up his play, finishing the season with 41 goals and 78 points in 66 games.
Yogan is still very raw and very much a question mark. But there were no guarantees that Yogan would earn an NHL contract from the Rangers so the scouts must be happy with his development. Though 6 foot three and 200 pounds, Yogan is very agile and has good hands. The question is if he can develop offensive consistency while rounding out the other parts of his game. In an absolute best case scenario Yogan could become similar to Jason Arnott or Nik Antropov, but I think a more realistic goal for him is the 2010-2011 version of Brian Boyle; a checking line forward capable of putting in 17-22 goals.