Multiple sources have confirmed that the New York Rangers have won the Vinni Lettieri signing sweepstakes, inking the breakout forward to a two-year entry level deal.
It reportedly came down to either the Blackhawks or the Rangers for the 22-year-old as he finished up his college hockey career with his most outstanding season yet.
The lure of the Big Apple was too much to ignore for the Minnesota native.
Lettieri is a 5’11, 182 lbs center with a right-handed shot who just finished up an outstanding senior year with the University of Minnesota. He posted 19 goals and 17 assists for 37 points in 38 games this season, eclipsing his previous career highs in goals, points, +/-, and ice time.
No wonder there was interest in signing the young Phenom.
Lettieri is slated to finish out the AHL season with New York’s affiliate team, the Hartford Wolf Pack.
The Lettieri name may not sound familiar, but there’s some family history in the NHL. Lou Nanne is Vinni Lettieri’s grandfather, and he played 635 career games with the Minnesota North Stars and remained with the organization first as coach, then as general manager.
The NHL is in Lettieri’s blood, expect to see more from the young gun in the near future.