Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman and team captain Braden Schneider has signed his first career NHL contract. Officially putting pen to paper on Thursday morning on the deal with the New York Rangers, the 19-year-old agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract beginning in the 2021-22 season.
If skating at the NHL level with the Rangers, Schneider’s deal would be worth $925K annually. If with the American Hockey League’s Hartford Wolfpack, he would take home $80K a year, before bonuses of course. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound blueliner’s contract came with a signing bonus of $93K on Thursday.
Schneider, a fourth-year Wheat Kings’ blueliner has seen significant growth with the team since breaking onto the scene in 2017-18. With his point production and points-per-game rate steadily increasing over his first three seasons of WHL play, Schneider tuned in to the 2020 NHL Entry Draft this past fall and watched as the New York Rangers announced him as the club’s 19th overall selection.
After putting up eight goals and 24 points in 58 games with Brandon in 2018-19, the Prince Albert, SK. product scored seven times and added 35 assists for 42 points in 60 games this past year. Through 199 total WHL contests, Schneider has 16 goals, 95 points and 88 penalty minutes to his name. He skated in the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship with Canada this past winter, earning a silver medal in the process.
As a member of the Rangers organization, Schneider was assigned to the Hartford Wolfpack to begin the 2020-21 season. He dressed in two American Hockey League games, earning one assist, while also picking up a minor penalty. He has since returned to the Wheat Kings, where his team will look to begin the 2020-21 WHL season on March 12 in Regina. He was named the captain of the Wheaties on February 18.