As freshman led all Notre Dame rookies in scoring with ten points (five goals, five assists) in 36 appearances. His five goals were second on the team. Rankin also finished the season fifth on the team in penalty minutes with 49.
Rankin combines great offensive abilities with grittiness. He’s a fiery competitor who isn’t afraid to mix things up with the opposition. He is strong on his skates and moves well through traffic. Rankin has great instincts and vision. He also has a good, hard shot. One of Rankin’s greatest attributes is his superb play around the net. He can be the perennial thorn in the opposing goaltender’s side. He has shown that he’s willing to pay the price in front of the opposition’s net to score a goal or to get possession of loose pucks. Rankin also possesses a very good work ethic. One area where Rankin could be more involved is on the defensive side of the game.