NYR agrees terms with Austin Rochhoff, Turner Elson, and Andy Welinsky

New York Rangers president and general manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has agreed to the terms of strikers Austin Rochhoff and Turner ElsonAnd defender Andy Welensky on one-year contracts.

Roshoff, 24, played in 59 games for the Hartford Wolfpack in the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2021-22, scoring 14 goals and 10 assists for 24 points. At Hartford last season, he finished sixth in goals and 11 in points. From January 12-19, 2022, he scored 6-7, 230 pounds for goals in four consecutive (6G) competitions.

The Wentzville, Missouri native skated in parts of two seasons with the Wolfpack, collecting 18 goals and 14 assists for 32 points in 82 games. Before turning professional at the start of the 2020-21 season, Roshoff skated in 105 professional team games over three seasons (2017-18 – 2019-20) with Western Michigan University, scoring 35 goals and 35 assists for 70 points, combined With a rating of plus nine. During his three NCAA seasons, Rueschhoff was one of 10 college players to score at least 35 goals, 35 assists, and 100 penalty minutes.

New York originally signed Rueschhoff as a free agent for the college on March 20, 2020.

Elson, 29, played two games for the Detroit Red Wings in 2021-22, scoring one shot. He spent most of his season with Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL), scoring 21 goals, 24 assists, and 45 points. As an alternate captain for Grand Rapids, Elson ranked second in the team in goals, fourth in points and tied for fourth in assists.

New Westminster, BC, skates in three NHL career games, two games with the Red Wings and one with Calgary Flames on April 9, 2016. In his NHL debut, he scored a assist in 14:54 of ice time against Minnesota . Elson has played in parts of 11 seasons in the AHL, split between Abbotsford, Adirondacks, Stockton, San Antonio and Grand Rapids, collecting 95 goals and 115 assists for 210 points and a 29-plus rating in 469 games.

In 2013-14, the 6-0, 191-pound striker was part of the Kelly Cup winning Alaska Ice Cup.

Wilinsky, 29, spent the 2021-22 season with the Stockton Heat, the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Calgary Flames. With Stockton, Welinski scored three goals and 16 assists for 19 points and a plus 12 rating in 39 games. He finished fourth in the club among the defender in points and tied for third in plus/minus.

The Duluth, Minnesota native has 46 NHL career games to his name, all with the Anaheim Ducks (2017-18 – 2020-21), and has six points (1G-5A). Welinski scored his first NHL goal on March 29, 2019 against Calgary. Welinski scored his highest in the NHL in 2018-19 when he scored four points (1G-3A) in 26 games with the Ducks.

Welinsky, who weighs 6-1 and 201 pounds, has 35 goals and 88 assists for a 123-plus 3 in 230 AHL games, split between the Heat, San Diego Jules and High Valley Phantoms. In 2017-18 with San Diego, he achieved his AHL highs in goals (10), assists (24) and points (34). That season, he earned a trip to the AHL All-Star Game.

Before turning professional, Welinsky played four years (2013-2014 – 2014-15) at the University of Minnesota Duluth, serving as a captain during his time there.

Welinski was originally selected by the Ducks in the third round, 83rd overall, of the 2011 NHL entry draft.

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