This team is in a funk to say the least and I am fully on board for calling up Mats Zuccarello. He’s shined for the Whale and now it’s time to give him his shot. This team needs all the help it can get at this point offensively because they’re having trouble finding the back of the net.
Obviously this isn’t a full time solution as I’d be shocked if Zuccarello remains Ranger property after the year, but he can certainly help the team out right now. I’m personally calling for MZA to be called up and replace Mike Rupp. The playoffs around the corner, teams will be fighting for points and not other players. There’s really no reason for Mike Rupp and John Scott to be playing for five minutes a night right now.
My point is this you can slot MZA on the third line with Mitchell and Dubinsky, and that won’t hurt the team right now. That line can be trusted defensively much more than our current, and maybe put some pucks in the net as well. This would also put Fedotenko-Boyle-Prust in a better situation playing minutes they should be playing. Boyle and Prust kill penalties anyway, and Fedotenko hasn’t been on his game at all this year and he’s slowed down considerably. He’s a good soldier but he’s not as good in his shutdown role now a days. The top two lines can remain as is.
Well that’s just my two cents. I don’t think anything bad can come about from a call up of MZA. He could be a quick fix for some scoring woes, and if he’s a success maybe he’ll stick around come playoff time if Kreider goes to the Whale. It’s too early to tell what will happen with Kreider so I’ll leave that up in the air.
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