Fresh off an NCAA national title, UMass' Zac Jones has signed with the Rangers, the team announced Tuesday.
New York selected Jones in the third round of the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
The 20-year-old is reporting to the Rangers and is expected to burn the first year of his deal to play right away in the Blueshirts' lineup.
Jones, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound defenseman, was a main reason UMass won the Frozen Four this season. He had one goal in the semifinal against Minnesota Duluth and had a plus-one rating in the championship game.
In 29 games played this season, Jones had nine goals, 15 assists and a plus-17 overall. He was named to the NCAA (East) Second All-American Team, the Frozen Four All-Tournament Team, and the Hockey East Second All-Star Team.
Among all NCAA defensemen this season, Jones ranked second with nine goals and was tied for third with 84 shots on goal.
Four points behind the Boston Bruins for the final playoff spot in the East Division, the Rangers can use all the reinforcements they can to push them over the hump. And Jones will be thrown right into the fire with the Blueshirts.