Rankin said he joined the team in West Virginia Monday night and signed on Tuesday morning. Princeton is taking midterms this week, but Rankin said his are all finished.
“Brampton gave me a call Sunday morning after we had lost on Saturday night,” Rankin said via email. “I have always hoped to play hockey beyond college, but to be honest it hadn’t crossed my mind before the call due the quick turnaround. My mind was still on Saturday’s loss.”
Rankin dressed in Tuesday’s game, a 3-0 loss to the Wheeling Nailers. He finished with three shots.
“[The toughest adjustment was] probably just the poise and the skill of the players,” Rankin said. “Everyone is willing and able to make small area plays with the puck so I definitely had to be conscious of that.”
The Beast are at home for the next three games before a six-game road trip.
“It’s been great,” Rankin said. “The guys have been great to me and I’m really enjoying learning from some longtime professionals.”
Over his four years with the Tigers, Rankin played in 117 games and recorded 31 points. As a senior, Rankin co-captained the Tigers and had nine points in 31 games. Princeton’s season ended last Saturday when the Tigers were swept by Clarkson in the playoffs.