Wednesday afternoon the Rangers recalled rookie forward Chris Kreider from the Connecticut Whale, where he was in the midst of his best stretch of play this season. The team also assigned rugged forward Micheal Haley to the Whale.
In eight games with Connecticut since being sent to the minors by the Rangers, Kreider has registed six goals and an assist in eight contests, including goals in both games the Whale won last weekend. Kreider more than doubled his goal output with the Whale in these eight games. He had scored five goals in his first 34 AHL contests this season, and now has 11 goals and 19 points in 42 games with the Whale.
Kreider has skated in 11 games with the Rangers in 2013, notching one goal and adding one assist in that span. It will be interesting to see where he is slotted into the Blueshirts lineup if he plays Thursday against the Florida Panthers since the Rangers---even in scoring three times against New Jersey on Tuesday night---have scored only six goals in their last five games.
When asked about Kreider before Tuesday's game at The Prudential Center, Rangers head coach John Tortorella spoke of the good reports he had been getting from assistant general manager Jim Schoenfeld and the Whale coaching staff headed by Ken Gernander. At the time Tortorella left the door open for Kreider's return. 24 hours later, the 21 year-old rookie is back with the Blueshirts.
Haley had appeared in nine straight games with the Rangers after being recalled from Connecticut. He recieved much praise from Tortorella for his strong play in all areas of the game. Haley did not record a point, but totaled 12 penalty minutes---with two fighting majors---in his nine games.
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