Goalie Luke Opilka will man the crease for the Rangers next season.
The club made it official today by signing the American netminder to a standard player agreement. The St. Louis native had committed to play for the University of Wisconsin.
Opilka spent the past two seasons with the U.S. national development program and was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the fifth round of this year's draft.
"We stayed in contact with Luke since selecting him, but we wanted to respect the commitment he had made to the National Development Program," GM Murray Hiebert said in a news release.
"These decisions take time, but ultimately, we're thrilled that everything has come together. While it was a lengthy wait, it's one that we feel was well worth it.
"Luke has been a very steady performer for the past two seasons and we look forward to assisting in his development as he works towards his goal of becoming a member of the St. Louis Blues."
Opilka went 25-7 with three shutouts and had a 2.77 goals against average and .883 save percentage last year with the U.S. U18 squad.