The New York Rangers have convinced a top college prospect to forego his senior season, agreeing to terms with Morgan Barron on a three-year entry-level contract. Barron spent the last three seasons playing at Cornell University, serving as captain in 2019-20. His new deal will start for the 2020-21 season.
There were actually some hopes that Barron would be allowed to sign for the 2019-20 season and help New York in the playoff tournament, but the NHL put an end to that speculation when they ruled new players would not be eligible. Barron will be a candidate for a roster spot as early as next season though, after an outstanding collegiate career.
In three seasons at Cornell, the 6’2″ center recorded 84 points in 98 games and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker award this year. A tantalizing mix of size and offensive flair, Barron has come a long way since being a sixth-round selection in 2017.
His younger brother Justin Barron is a top prospect eligible for the 2020 draft after starring in the QMJHL, but the elder Morgan looks poised to make an impact at the professional level before long.