New York Rangers Sign 2020 First-Round Pick to Entry-Level Contract

Jim Bay

The New York Rangers have signed their 19th overall pick from the 2020 NHL Draft, Braden Schneider, according to Cap Friendly.

The 19-year-old defenseman’s entry-level contract will begin with the 2021-22 season and is for three years. The base salary is $832,500 plus a signing bonus of $92,500, with a minor league salary of $80,000, and $400,000 in potential performance bonuses each season. The cap hit is $925,000 with an AAV of $1.325M.

Schneider finished his 2019–20 season for the Brandon Wheat Kings with 35 assists and 42 points. Because of Covid-19 causing the WHL to be on hold, Schneider started to play in 2021 with the Hartford Wolf Pack on an amateur tryout that would allow him to return to the Brandon Wheat Kings when their season started. He made his professional debut with the Wolf Pack, totalling two appearances for 1 assist before he was returned to the Wheat Kings on February 13, 2021. The Wheat Kings are scheduled to open their season on March 12 vs. the Moose Jaw Warriors, and they will play in 24 games between then and April 28.