The Rangers recalled rookie defenseman Tim Erixon from the Connecticut Whale Saturday, and he took part in the team's morning skate at the MSG Training Center. Whether or not he will be in the lineup this evening against the Colorado Avalanche has yet to be determined.
Erixon, 21, started the season on the Rangers roster before being sent down to the Whale. He was recalled briefly in December, and has now spent the past three months in Connecticut.
"I have been working on learning the system and being more aggressive," said Erixon Saturday morning. "I really feel more comfortable, and I feel that I have improved a lot."
In 13 games with the Rangers this season Erixon has an Even plus/minus rating to go along with 8 penalty minutes. He is still looking for his first NHL point. With the Whale Erixon, who scored a goal last night against Bridgeport, has three goals, 30 assists, and 33 points in 43 games. He had notched eight points in his last nine games prior to being recalled Saturday.
"He is a very smart player, and makes really good decisions with the puck," noted Mats Zuccarello, who was Erixon's roomate with the Whale. "And he has been working on getting stronger. he has been spending a lot of time in the gym."