Adam Fox could make his Broadway debut as soon as this fall.
What was a formality once the Rangers acquired his rights this week became official on Thursday as Fox signed his entry-level contract. Assuming the 21-year-old is as advertised during training camp, he could be on the Blueshirts' NHL roster on opening night.
Fox didn't want to sign with the Hurricanes and was more inclined to return to Harvard for his senior season in order to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2020.
But the Jericho, N.Y. native, who grew up a Rangers fan, is ready to make the jump to the pros after the Rangers sent a 2019 second-round NHL Draft pick and a 2020 conditional third-round pick to Carolina to get him.
"It's definitely special," Fox told the team's website. "Obviously, it has a little more meaning, given my connection with New York and the Rangers. Any opportunity to play in the NHL is special, and having it be the Rangers is obviously a little more meaningful."
Fox is set to play for Team USA at this month's IIHF World Championship alongside Rangers Chris Kreider and Brady Skjei.