Rangers Acquire Rights To Defensive Prospect Adam Fox From Carolina

By WFAN.com

The Rangers added a promising young defenseman Tuesday, trading for Carolina Hurricanes prospect Adam Fox.

Fox, 21, was a third-round draft pick by the Calgary Flames in 2016, but chose instead to play at Harvard. The Flames traded his rights to the Hurricanes last  year, but Fox, who just completed his junior season, reportedly informed Carolina that he did not intend to sign with the team.

If Fox returns to Harvard for his senior year, he would become a free agent in the summer of 2020. However, Fox has seemed to be open to making the jump to the NHL this year if he could sign with a team of his choosing.

Adam Fox of United States celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Finland in the third period during the IIHF World Junior Championship at KeyBank Center on December 31, 2017 in Buffalo, New York.Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images

The Rangers are giving up a 2019 second-round draft pick and a conditional 2020 third-rounder, TSN reported. Fox is believed to be NHL ready.

A native of Jericho, Long Island, Fox was an All-American at Harvard and was twice a member of Team USA in the IIHF World Junior Championship, winning a gold medal in 2017. At Harvard, the 5-foot-10, 195-pound, right-handed defenseman led the nation last season with 1.45 points per game (nine goals, 39 assists for 48 points in 33 games). He also broke the school record for points by a defenseman in one season.