The New York Rangers announced late last night that defenseman Tim Erixon has been sent back to the AHL’s Connecticut Whale. Erixon was recalled on emergency basis after injuries to both Jeff Woywitka and Steve Eminger required his (and Stu Bickel’s) presence. In the four games he played, Erixon was a +2. Woywitka returned to the lineup last night and Erixon was the healthy scratch, making this news predictable. This was Erixon’s second stint with the Rangers so far this season and he has now played 13 total NHL games.
Erixon was pretty unnoticeable in his limited minutes which is both good and bad. Ultimately, he was not a liability, and that’s important for a team that was incredibly thin on defense. Still, while I am not concerned about his development, I am a little disappointed that he his second stint with the team was not really an improvement on his first. His play has been very good with the Connecticut Whale, though, and he did not look out of place in his brief stays in the NHL. The NHL can be pretty brutal for young defensemen and Tim Erixon is still getting used to North American rinks and playing style. I am still confident that Erixon will be an NHL defenseman. It might just take a little bit longer than everybody initially anticipated.