Most college students can’t wait to finish their finals and then head into the summer, relaxing with friends and maybe relaxing on a beach. For New York Rangers prospect goalie Tyler Wall he had other things planned, following the completion of his college career.
The college graduate signed an entry-level contract with the Rangers. All of this while he, along with everyone else in the world, is navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic. Friday, May 8 might have been the best day so far in Wall’s young life.
Asking to Sign after Finals
Wall was aware that he was going to sign his contract with the Rangers, but he asked if it was okay to wait until after his finals were completed, as he told Jess Inner of NHL.com.
“I asked if it would be OK to wait until after I was done with my last exam because with everything being moved online, it was pretty busy the last couple of weeks, studying and doing projects,” said Wall, who wrapped up his mechanical engineering degree from UMass-Lowell before promptly inking his entry-level deal with the Rangers.
“I finished my last exam, and then like an hour later, I was signing with the Rangers, so that was a pretty special day in two respects – being done with school, and then obviously joining the New York Rangers. It was a pretty special day for me.”
Opportunity of a Lifetime
Wall was drafted in the sixth round (174th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. In 103 collegiate career games over four seasons (2016-17 – 2019-20) with UMass-Lowell, Wall posted a 58-34-10 record, along with a 2.28 GAA, a .918 SV%, and nine shutouts. In his last season, he compiled a record of 18-8-6 record, along with a 2.10 GAA, a .931 SV%, and two shutouts in 38 appearances.
Wall was scouted by the Rangers when he played for the Junior B Leamington Flyers. He appreciated the effort and attention the club gave him and returned that loyalty signing with the Rangers instead of choosing to explore free agency this summer.
He should get the opportunity to start the season in Hartford with the Wolf Pack and contend with Adam Huska for the starting spot.
Wall was excited to sign with the Rangers, an original six club, making his decision that much easier.
“It’s New York,” Wall said. “They have the best fans, best arena in the world.”
Hopefully, he will get to hear his name called at the introductions in Madison Square Garden. Que the Pink Floyd music.
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