Report: Rangers to recall prized d-man prospect Skjei


Looks as though waiving Jarret Stoll will usher in a new era for the Rangers.

Per ESPN, the Blueshirts are expected to recall Brady Skjei — their first-round pick (28th overall) in 2012 — once Stoll clears waivers this afternoon.

Skjei, 21, is a former University of Minnesota and U.S. World Junior team standout that’s in his first full professional season with AHL Hartford.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder appeared in some games for the Wolf Pack last season — including 15 Calder Cup playoff games — but really made his mark this year, scoring two goals and 11 points in 27 games, leading all Hartford d-men in scoring.

It’s not entirely surprising the Rangers want to reinforce their defense.

The club is coming off an ugly three-game stretch through Western Canada in which it lost three times, and surrendered 12 goals in defeats in Edmonton and Calgary.

The club is also currently without steady blueliner Kevin Klein (oblique), while Dan Girardi is dealing with a knee ailment.

All told, the Rangers have lost eight of their last 10.

Update: Skjei is in tonight…