WORCESTER – The Worcester Railers announced the signing of defenseman Patrick McNally on Thursday.

The 25-year old joins the Railers after playing two seasons with the San Jose Barracuda, who were formerly known as the Worcester Sharks. In 97 games, he recorded recorded four goals, 14 assists, 47 penalty minutes, and a plus 14 rating.

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The Glen Head, NY native was drafted by Vancouver Canucks in the fourth round of the 2010 NHL Draft, 115th overall, and was Vancouver’s first selection in the draft. In 2015, after graduating from Harvard, McNally’s contract was traded to the San Jose Sharks for a seventh-round pick in that same year.

Before going playing for the Barracuda in 2015, McNally played four seasons for the Harvard Crimson (ECAC). Playing in 82 games, he scored 14 goals, 46 assists, and a plus seven rating. During his time with the Crimson, he was named to various teams, including NCAA Hockey East’s All-Rookie Team in 2012 and to NCAA ECAC’s All-Tournament and Second All-Star Teams in 2015. McNally was also recognized during his freshman season, receiving Harvard’s George Percy award, and was named ECAC’s Rookie of the Month in 2011.

During his senior year at Harvard, he scored 21 points in 21 games before his season was cut short due to injury. McNally had led all Harvard defensemen in goals, assists, and points, and was tied for the lead in all ECAC defensemen in goals that season. The Crimson went on to win the NCAA ECAC Championship later in the year, and was ranked eighth on the team in goals.

Based on prospect reports, McNally’s skill set is ideal for a power play and is skilled in controlling the pace of the game. Jamie Russell spoke about McNally’s signing on Thursday: “Patrick is a big get for us. He is an offensive defenseman with good size. We want him jumping in the play and he will be a big part of our success on the power play. He adds experience to our back end after spending the last two years in the American League.”

With the addition of McNally, the Railers have eight forwards, five defensemen, and a goaltender. Additional signing announcements are expected in the coming weeks.

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