On Tuesday December 15th the New York Rangers recalled defenseman and former Lakeville North Panther Brady Skjei from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL). Just two games later, after a Rangers loss to the Minnesota Wild, they sent him back to Hartford.
According to the NHL team's press release, "The 6-3, 215-pounder made his AHL/professional debut with the Wolf Pack on Apr. 3, 2015 vs. Syracuse. Skjei skated in eight regular season games with Hartford in 2014-15, posting a plus-two rating in those contests. In addition, he registered one goal and two assists for three points in 15 playoff games with the Wolf Pack last season and helped the team advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Prior to making his professional debut, Skjei played three seasons of collegiate hockey at the University of Minnesota (2012-13 – 2014-15). In 109 career collegiate games, Skjei registered eight goals and 19 assists for 27 points, along with a plus-33 rating and 76 penalty minutes. He posted a plus-seven rating or better in each of his three seasons at the University of Minnesota, and he helped the Golden Gophers capture the Big Ten Regular Season Championship and the Big Ten Tournament Championship in 2014-15.
The Lakeville, Minnesota native was originally selected by the Rangers in the first round, 28th overall, of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.