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Rangers sign WHL scorer Leedahl

Everett Silvertips v Vancouver Giants

VANCOUVER, BC - DECEMBER 18: Dawson Leedahl #12 of the Everett Silvertips celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Giants with teammates Cole MacDonald #26, Lucas Skrumeda #24, and Remi Laurencelle #13 during the second period of their WHL game at the Pacific Coliseum on December 18, 2015 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Ben Nelms/Getty Images)

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The Rangers added to their prospect pool on Tuesday, signing WHL Regina forward Dawson Leedahl to an entry-level deal.

“It’s pretty cool,” Leedahl said in a release, from the Pats. “You grow up your whole life trying to make the NHL as a little kid and to finally get something (a contract). It’s a big step towards it.”

Leedahl, 21, is something of a late bloomer. He was passed over in his draft year and, as an overage junior player, had a terrific scoring campaign this season. He racked up 35 goals and 89 points in just 71 games -- good for 13th in league scoring -- and has carried that production over to the WHL playoffs.

Leedahl has 11 goals and 23 points in 19 postseason appearances. Regina is currently in the WHL final against Seattle.