The New York Rangers have recalled Mats Zuccarello from Connecticut. Zuccarello was sent down on April 1st, but Callahan’s injury opened up a spot for him. I’ll assume Tortorella was hardly impressed by what Gilroy contributed (or didn’t) at forward yesterday. Zuccarello will surely add some offense to the team. Even when he wasn’t getting on the scoresheet, he always seemed to at least make a few nice outlet passes or some smart decisions with the puck in the offensive zone. He can’t be any worse than what we saw in last night’s absolutely pathetic offensive effort.
Time for a look at playoff scenarios. Any of the following scenarios puts the Rangers into the playoffs:
- A win against NJ plus a Carolina loss of any kind
- An overtime/shootout loss against NJ plus a Carolina regulation loss
- An overtime/shootout loss against NJ plus two Carolina losses of any kind
- Two Carolina losses with at least one being in regulation
- A win against NJ plus two Buffalo regulation losses
Even a point yesterday would have given the Rangers so many easier ways to clinch a spot, but it is what it is. Statistically speaking, the Rangers are still more likely to make it than not, though it’s not as safe of a bet as it was, say, a week ago.
And finally, some prospect tidbits:
Andrew Yogan- The 2010 4th round pick received an ATO with the Connecticut Whale. Yogan was projected to be a late first/early 2nd rounder in the 2010 draft at the beginning of the 2009-2010 season, but significant injuries set him back. He experienced even more of those this year, but he still does have a relatively high ceiling. His ATO likely wont earn him any playing time with the team but will just give him some extra training and conditioning after missing virtually the whole OHL season with a shoulder injury.
Christian Thomas and Jason Wilson- After defeating Ethan Werek and the Frontenacs, Christian Thomas and the Oshawa Generals are now facing 2010 Rangers 5th round pick Jason Wilson and the Niagara IceDogs. Thomas failed to produce on the scoresheet while Wilson contributed a goal and an assist in Niagara’s 2-1 victory.
Carl Hagelin- The Michigan Wolverines, captained by Hagelin, will be facing Minnesota-Duluth in the NCAA Hockey Finals tomorrow. The leading scorer and captain of a team one win away from a championship and a guy who many thought should have been a Hobey Baker candidate. I’d say the Rangers are pretty happy with what they acquired with the 168th overall pick of the 2007 NHL draft.