Brendan Ranford Signs Three Year Deal with Dallas Stars

The essential Ranford celebration pose (Credit: Christina Shapiro/Texas Stars)
The Dallas Stars announced late Wednesday that Brendan Ranford has been signed to a three-year entry level contract. After starting the year on a PTO, Ranford became a key piece of the Texas Stars top line after the departure of Colton Sceviour. He established himself as a big time scoring threat against the top competition in the AHL throughout the playoffs, leading all rookies in goal scoring. Scott White, by his own admission, wasn't sure if Ranford would make the team out of camp.

Ranford had signed an AHL two-year deal midseason this year that would have kept him a Texas Star in 2014-15. This deal supersedes that one.

Aside from the excellent work on the part of Ranford himself to earn the contract, the deal also has a huge impact on the ability of Texas to attract solid talent. In the past year alone, players who have joined Texas on AHL-only deals have ended up with contracts in Dallas after showing their stuff in Cedar Park. Justin Dowling previously earned a two-year contract with Dallas as well after coming to Texas midseason last year on an AHL contract.

Here's the release:
The Texas Stars, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars, announced today that Dallas has signed left wing Brendan Ranford to a three-year entry-level contract.

Ranford, 22, made his professional debut in 2013-14, registering 33 points (12 goals, 21 assists) and a +10 plus-minus rating in 65 regular season contests with Texas. The native of Edmonton, Alberta ranked third on Texas with eight goals and 16 points (8-8=16), and posted a +7 rating in 21 postseason contests, helping Texas win the 2014 Calder Cup. Ranford's 16 points in the Calder Cup Playoffs led all AHL rookies.

Prior to joining Texas, Ranford spent five seasons with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League (WHL), amassing 357 points (137-220=357) and 298 penalty minutes in 348 career regular-season games. The winger currently ranks first on Kamloops’ all-time franchise leaderboard in games played (348), sixth in assists (220) and points (357), and seventh in goals (137).

The 5-foot-10, 185-pound winger was originally drafted by Philadelphia in the seventh round (209th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.


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