Monday was a busy day for the Rangers. First the club announced that forwards Darroll Powe and Nick Palmieri had been acquired in a trade from MInnesota in exchange for Mike Rupp. Then shortly thereafter the Rangers recalled 2011 top pick JT Miller and rugged winger Brandon Mashinter from the Connecticut Whale, while reassigning forward Benn Ferriero to the Whale.
Miller, at 19 the youngest player in this year's AHL All Star Game, appeared in 37 games with Connecticut, scoring eight goals, totaling 20 points, and accumulating 27 penalty minutes. The rookie pro, who was the 15th overall selection in the 2011 NHL Draft, had played both on the wing and at center with the Whale so far this season.
It has been a year of highlights and milestones for Miller, who first made the Whale roster out of training camp in October, then helped the United States win the gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championships in December/January, then was namked to the AHL All Star Game in late January, and now is promoted to the National Hockey League, where he very well could make his NHL debut Tuesday night in New Jersey.
The 24 year-old Mashinter has had a busy year, as well. He began the season with the San Jose Sharks organization---playing with Worcester---before being traded to the Rangers organization. In eight games with the Whale prior to today's recall, the 6-foot-4, 230 pound Mashinter scored three goals, totaled seven points, and picked up 14 penalty minutes.
Mashinter appeared in 13 games with the NHL Sharks back in 2010-11, accumulating 17 penalty minutes and five shots on goal in those games.
Ferriero, who was recenlty acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, skated in four straight games with the Rangers, picking up one assist in that span.
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