With defenseman Ryan McDonagh (shoulder) and Kevin Klein (foot) both sidelined, the New York Rangers have recalled Dylan McIlrath and Conor Allen from the Hartford Wolf Pack.
McIlrath was the Rangers’ tenth overall selection at the 2010 NHL Draft. The 22-year-old has 21 penalty minutes in eight games this season with the Wolf Pack. The 6-foot-5, 215 pound Winnipeg native made his NHL debut last season appearing in two games with New York. He wasted no time getting acclimated to the NHL game dropping the gloves with heavy-weight Brian McGrattan in just his second career game.
Allen, 24, also made his NHL debut with the Rangers last season appearing in three games. The un-drafted defenseman has two goals and three assists this season with Hartford. The Chicago native had 31 points in 72 games last season – his first year pro.
In addition to McDonagh and and Klein, the Rangers are without defenseman Dan Boyle (broken hand) and John Moore (suspended).
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Carolina’s Jeff Skinner has nine goals in his last nine games. You might say he’s in the zone. (News & Observer)
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Kings coach Darryl Sutter has some fascinating ideas for what to do with the penalty box. Wonder what he’d say about this after Dustin Brown’s kneeing incident against San Jose. (L.A. Kings Insider)
Need something to lift you up today? Check out one Red Wings fan’s story about how hockey saved her life. (manhandles)
Kudos to Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen for winning his 100th game with the Stars. (Stars)
The Blackhawks called up Jason LaBarbera from the AHL. Fare thee well, Kent Simpson. (Blackhawks)
Dylan McIlrath’s time with the Rangers is at an end for now, he and Arron Asham were sent down while J.T. Miller was recalled. (Blueshirts United)
Finally, Buffalo’s Ville Leino drew a tripping call on Boston’s Milan Lucic during the Sabres’ 4-2 win over the Bruins. He… May have embellished a bit. (Josh Gold-Smith)
The New York Rangers have sent forward Danny Kristo and defenseman Dylan McIlrath to AHL Connecticut, the club announced on Wednesday.
Kristo, 23, was originally Montreal’s second-round pick at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, acquired by the Rangers in July in exchange for Christian Thomas.
According to New York director of player personnel Gordie Clark, Kristo had “a good chance to fill” the open roster spots left by injured forwards Carl Hagelin and Ryan Callahan.
McIlrath, 21, was the Rangers’ first-round pick (10th overall) at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The towering defenseman (6-foot-5, 215 pounds) spend last year in Connecticut and felt he had “a legitimate shot” of making the NHL this season.
But that didn’t happen.
The Rangers have added depth on the blueline over the last year, acquiring John Moore in the Marian Gaborik trade and signing Justin Falk in free agency. New York has also decided to take a longer look at Conor Allen, an undrafted free agent out of UMass-Amherst that appears to have a real shot of making the opening-night roster.