In a move that adds some depth to a relatively shallow
defensive corps, the Rangers today announced the signing of John Jakopin.
Jakopin, a fourth round draft pick of the Detroit Red Wings in 1993, has spent
most of his professional career as an NHL call-up. In his six NHL seasons,
Jakopin has played just 113 games with the Panthers, Penguins and most recently
Sharks, a season that was cut short by injury.
The hefty defenseman is known to be a solid, though not
spectacular defenseman as evidenced by his career numbers of 1 goal, 6 assists
and 145 penalty minutes in 113 NHL appearances. The veteran defenseman
will no doubt be expected to anchor a Hartford Wolfpack blue line that has no
other NHL experience and to provide depth in case of injury for their NHL
John Jakopin, Defense
Career Record: 1G 6A 7Pts 145PIM in 113 NHL games
2002-03 Stats: 0G 0A 0Pts 11PIM in 12 NHL games