Rangers trade Wellman for draft pick
Forward spent last season with Connecticut Whale
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has acquired a fifth round pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft from Florida in exchange for forward Casey Wellman.
Wellman, 24, skated in 57 games with the Connecticut Whale and Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, registering 23 goals and 24 assists for 47 points, along with 31 penalty minutes.
He established career-highs in games played, goals, assists, points, penalty minutes, power play goals (10), and shots on goal (155). Wellman also recorded two goals and five assists in 14 games with the Minnesota Wild.
The Rangers acquired Wellman from Minnesota on February 3, 2012, in exchange for Erik Christensen and a seventh round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He tallied nine goals and 13 assists for 22 points, along with 10 penalty minutes in 31 games with Connecticut following his trade.
In the postseason, Wellman led Connecticut with five assists, tied for first on the team with nine points and second with four goals in nine playoff contests.
The Brentwood, California native was originally signed by Minnesota as an undrafted free agent on March 16, 2010.