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Feb 11, 2018; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman John Gilmour (58) skates away from Winnipeg Jets forward Nic Petan (19) during the second period at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Terrence Lee)
Feb 11, 2018; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman John Gilmour (58) skates away from Winnipeg Jets forward Nic Petan (19) during the second period at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Terrence Lee)

Through two games in the NHL, John Gilmour and Neal Pionk have played:

John Gilmour:

  • Calgary: 17:11, 2 shots on goal, 2 shot attempts blocked, 2 hits, 1 giveaway, 2 takeaways (12:24 at even strength, 2:46 PP, 2:01 PK)
  • Winnipeg: 12:45, 3 shots on goal, 3 shot attempts blocked, 1 missed shot, 2 giveaways (10:18 even strength, 2:27 PP)

Neal Pionk:

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Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers Neal Pionk (44) scores the game winning goal against New York Islanders goalie Eamon McAdam (34) in overtime at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)
Sep 18, 2017; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers Neal Pionk (44) scores the game winning goal against New York Islanders goalie Eamon McAdam (34) in overtime at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports (Noah K. Murray)

Neal Pionk scored the OT winner for the Rangers in tonight's game against the Islanders.

To see the video, click below.

Pionk spoke after the game and said (NYR Game Notes):

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Chris Drury said that the Rangers have been looking at Neal Pionk for two seasons and that every team is looking for right handed puck moving defensemen. (NYR)

Drury said that Pionk's combo of "character, compete level and grit, to go along with the way he plays the game - both offensively and defensively - are the reasons why we wanted to add him." (NYR)

Gordie Clark said that Pionk was the top offensive college free agent defenseman on the market and said that he has the opportunity to be the right hand shot offensive defenseman the Rangers have been looking for. (NYR)

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Defenseman Neal Pionk said that he chose the Rangers after visiting with the organization, meeting the management team and speaking with Alain Vigneault. (Duluth News Tribune)

It was reported when he signed that around 20 teams were interested in Pionk.

Pionk said that he likes the Rangers style of play as well as the success they have had the past few years. (Duluth News Tribune)

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The Rangers have announced that they have signed defenseman Neal Pionk out of the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Pionk, 21, had seven goals and 27 assists in 42 games as a sophomore this past season and is 6-0, 190.

From the Rangers release, "He established collegiate career-highs in several categories in 2016-17, including games played, goals, assists, points, and plus/minus rating. In addition, Pionk helped Minnesota Duluth win the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Championship, and he also helped the team advance to the Frozen Four and the National Championship Game."

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