Gilmour signed a one-year contract with the Rangers on Monday. The 25-year-old blueliner played 28 games during his rookie 2017-18 campaign, scoring a pair of goals and five points in the process. He also notched 12 goals and 51 points in 120 games with AHL Hartford over the last two seasons. Gilmour will likely play in a bottom-pair role with limited fantasy upside in the 2018-19 season.
Gilmour has received a qualifying offer from the Rangers. Gilmour looked raw as a rookie last season, posting two goals and three assists to go with a minus-11 rating in 14 games. The 25-year-old defenseman will compete for a roster spot on a young Rangers club in 2018-19.
Gilmour scored two goals and three assists in 28 games this season. The former Providence College Friar was recalled from AHL Hartford in February and played in each of the Rangers' 28 remaining regular season contests. Gilmour also spent 44 games with Hartford, picking up six goals and 20 assists, as well as being named an AHL All Star. Though Gilmour's not particularly effective on the defensive end -- he owns a minus-65 rating over 148 professional contests -- he's a swift skater and has the ability to quarterback a power-play unit.
Gilmour registered team highs in ice time (23:49) and power-play time (1:19) in Tuesday's 3-0 loss to the Jets. All that usage resulted in just one shot, a minus-2 rating and two blocked shots, but it's apparent a Rangers team that sold off a multitude of pieces at the trade deadline wants to get as good a look as possible at the 24-year-old blueliner. While Gilmour has just two goals and an assist in 13 NHL appearances, he did have 26 points in 44 games with AHL Hartford this season before earning the call-up.
Gilmour potted his first NHL goal and fired five shots in Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Wild. Making just his third NHL appearance, Gilmour got his team on the board with the extra man in the opening period after the hosts had raced out to a 3-0 lead. These weren't the ideal circumstances for such a milestone, but the 24-year-old defenseman's 10 shots on goal through three appearances with New York and presence with the extra man (1:22 PP time) suggest plenty more goals are to come.
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