Originally posted on The Rangers Tribune  |  Last updated 3/26/12

The New York Rangers announced last week that 2010 fourth-round draft pick Andrew Yogan had signed with the Connecticut Whale of the AHL on a tryout basis. Now, a week later, the team has reported that Yogan, 20, has inked an entry-level deal with the organization that begins next season. 

According to Cap Geek, the contract is two-way and brings along an annual cap hit of $655,000. All entry-level deals into the National Hockey League are three years in length. 

As I said last week when reporting the signing of the ATO deal, Yogan is an underrated prospect withing the organization. He had a fantastic year in the OHL, recording 41 goals and 37 assists in 66 games with the Peterborough Petes. His 6-foot-3, 200 pound frame allows him to be a very effective player around the net, and his precision skating also contributes in making him an even more dangerous scorer. 

Depending on how things go in training camp and Traverse City next fall, we could possibly see Yogan in a Rangers uniform for the start of 2012-13. I wouldn't say it is 'likely', but it could certainly happen. 

* Chris Kreider's BC Eagles have advanced to the NCAA Final Four and will be going up against Minnesota in the semifinals on April 5. There's much buzz that the Rangers wish to sign Kreider for the playoffs, but the only way I would be accepting of that strategy is if he was able to get regular season games under his belt beforehand. But now that he is in the semifinals with BC, that's not going to happen. 

College tournament hockey is a whole different world compared to playoff hockey in the NHL. I don't think the Rangers want him making that jump for the sake of his development. 

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