Weight: 189 lbs
Birthdate: May 3, 1992
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Acquired: 7th round (209 overall) of 2010 entry draft
Underrated skill level. Shoots the puck pretty well. Can do a lot of things on offense. Has good two-way hockey sense. Competes and isn’t afraid of doing battle despite his smallish size. – Michael Remmerde, NHL scout.
As a 15 year old, Ranford play in the Alberta Midget Hockey League. He finished the season as the league’s leading scorer, scoring 33 goals and 79 points in 35 games. He won the Harry Allen Memorial Trophy as the league’s top scorer. He was also named the MVP of his team.
Ranford made the jump to WHL to play for the Kamloops Blazers. The former 15th overall selection finished in second in rookie scoring for the Blazers with 13 goals and 14 assists in 66 games. He also added 3 assists in 4 games in the playoffs.
Ranford had a break out year during his draft eligible season. He finished second on the Blazers in goals with 29, second in assists with 36, and second in points with 65 in 72 games. He also tallied 2 goals and 3 assists in 4 playoff games. He was ranked 111th amongst North American skaters by the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau for the 2010 Entry Draft.
The former 7th round pick grabbed everyone’s attention with his blazing start to the season. He racked up 58 points (28 g, 30 a) in his first 37 games. He slowed down in the second half as he tallied only 38 points in 31 games. The season ended on a sour note as he missed the final two games due to a suspension for crosschecking an official. Despite his second half woes, he was able to lead the Blazers’ in scoring with 86 points. He also 14th in scoring in the league.