Rangers Prospect Analysis: Jeff Ulmer

By Evan Andriopoulos
Is Ulmer another Rangers smallish centerman in the likes of Christian Dube and Marc Savard or is he like Mike York or Mike Rogers?

HEIGHT: 5.11
WEIGHT: 185 lbs.
BORN: 04/27/77
Wilcox, Saskatchewan, Canada
DRAFTED: Not Selected
HOW ACQUIRED: Free agent signee on 07/27/00
LAST CLUB: Houston (IHL), Canadian National (Intl.)

Jeff Ulmer is another product of the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux where he played from 1995-1999. During the 1999-2000 season with the Canadian National Team he registered 14 goals and 39 points in 48 games around the globe, toiling against such teams as Norway, Britain and Slovakia. A late season signee of the IHL Houston Aeros he was coached by newly signed Rangers boss Ron Low. Low mentioned that the reason the Rangers signed the smallish center was that he was a hard worker who earns everything he gets.

Ulmer posted solid US Collegiate Numbers at North Dakota totaling 39 goals and 46 assists in 135 games in four seasons.

All signs point to Ulmer impressing at Rangers camp early next month and may suprise a few with his work ethic that will most likely see him at Hartford (AHL) but if injuries strike Tim Taylor as they do… Ulmer may have a “cup of coffee” with the Rangers before next season is over. He can also bring the Rangers a breath of fresh air as he plays much bigger than he is…

He has good speed and strenght, a decent shot and a solid work ethic, something the Rangers needed last season. He may fit into the favorite crowd of Mark Messier as he has the never say die attitude.

2000-01 Look for a season primarily in the AHL where he will hit around 20-25 goals and 100 penalty minutes. Perhaps a shot for the NHL due to injuries. A solid prospect, perhaps the smaller version of Hartford`s Todd Hall.