Quinnipiac Bobcats Offer Intriguing Prospects For Rangers To Sign, Draft, Acquire

Why the New York Rangers should keep tabs on the Quinnipiac Bobcats as the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey season enters tournament play.

2023 Frozen Four
2023 Frozen Four / Richard T Gagnon/GettyImages
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Charles-Alexis Legault (2023 139th Overall, Carolina Hurricanes)

Charles-alexis Legault
Quinnipiac v Boston University / Richard T Gagnon/GettyImages

Legault's 6'3 frame projects as an NHL-sized rearguard. Add to that his 30 career points, and nine goals this season as a sophomore and those attributes equal a promising bottom pair-defender.

If the Rangers had interest, they would have to swap with the Carolina Hurricanes, a move that Don Waddell might avoid following the last time the two clubs dealt an ECAC defender for draft picks.

The Quebec native may not be Adam Fox, but the Carolina Hurricanes drafted him in large part because of head coach Rod Brind'Amour and his connections to the Bobcats program.

Brind'Amour attended a handful of games at the M&T Bank Arena to watch his son, Skylar, play for the Bobcats from 2019 to 2023. He attended the Frozen Four and was at the scene of the National Championship victory, quickly signing Yaniv Perets to an ELC two days later. Three months after that, Legault was drafted by the organization.

Pecknold has spoken about partaking in cohorts where Brind'Armour presented power play systems to fellow coaches, the two building a relationship as bench bosses.

Trading for Legault may allow the team to plug in another young prospect alongside Braden Schneider if they opt not to return Erik Gustafsson. The big body may earn more looks than Zac Jones based on his size alone.